Trial Drug May Help Ovaries of Patients


Doctors sending a drug to trial that may protect the fertility of patients:

"MELBOURNE doctors are to trial a drug that could protect the fertility of young women who receive toxic cancer treatments.

Melbourne IVF fertility specialist Kate Stern said she hoped to recruit 80 women with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma to test whether a drug used to treat gynaecological conditions such as endometriosis could protect their ovaries for pregnancy later.

Dr Stern, who is also head of endocrine and metabolic services at the Royal Women's Hospital, said the drug, goserelin, was believed to ward off the toxic effects of chemotherapy on ovaries but had not been tested for this purpose."

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