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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Chemo May Limit Fertility in Breast Cancer Survivors

They're more likely to have diminished ovarian reserve producing viable eggs, study suggests.

SATURDAY, May 31 (HealthDay News) -- Chemotherapy may reduce fertility in breast cancer survivors, according to a study led by researchers at Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

They found that premenopausal breast cancer survivors treated with chemotherapy following surgery were more likely than women who'd never had breast cancer to have diminished ovarian reserve -- the capacity of the ovaries to produce eggs capable of being fertilized.

The study included 20 breast cancer survivors who were one or more years out from their diagnosis and had no evidence of cancer recurrence. They were compared to 20 age-matched women who'd never had breast cancer.

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