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Ovarian transplant raises hope for women facing cancer treatment

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 02 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:871
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Scientists have successfully transplanted ovarian tissue back into a 30 year old woman who had the tissue removed and cryopreserved a year earlier.

    The technique, pioneered by Professor Roger Gosden at the University of Leeds and carried out at New York Methodist Hospital by Dr Kutluk Oktay, offers hope of some degree of fertility to women who have ovarian tissue removed and banked prior to chemotherapy.

    But fertility specialists urged caution after widespread popular speculation that the success of the operation could mean the end of the menopause and herald the arrival of fertility at any …

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