Another Step Forward Toward Fertility Preservation By Sonja Kristiansen, MD on October 02, 2009

A drug used to treat ovarian cancer (cisplatin) promotes egg cell death by way of a particular enzyme. The good news: a drug used to treat a different (but related) disease, chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), protects egg cells from cisplatin's killing effects.

Researchers in Italy have published their interesting conclusions in the online edition of Nature Medicine (see a HealthDay News report on the Medline website.)

So far, these are initial studies performed with mice, but the call by cancer patient advocates for such research is loud enough that follow-ups shouldn't be far behind.

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