A team of specialists from Israel has developed a method that will help to protect the fertility of the women undergoing chemotherapy.
Until now, the only way to save women undergoing chemotherapy from infertility was to extract and to freeze their eggs for the future use in IVF.
During the study, the researchers found out that the use of chemotherapy doesn’t kill eggs, but dramatically accelerates their development and maturation.
During the experiments on laboratory animals there was isolated a molecule AS101, which prevented the acceleration of egg maturation and the depletion of the ovarian reserve. The researchers suggest to continue the research and to conduct clinical trials.
The working group was headed by Professor Dror Meirov from the "Sheba" hospital, and Professor Benjamin Sardani from the Bar-Ilan University. The results of the study were published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. As reported by the newspapers "Haaretz" and "Maariv", the study was funded from the special funds and by the organizations for the fight against cancer, as well as the Ministry of Health of Israel.