Coming through a cancer battle is no doubt one of the most traumatic ordeals imaginable, but often the after-effects are just as painful and heartbreaking – which is why this news will comfort so many survivors.
A major scientific breakthrough is offering fresh hope to cancer survivors rendered infertile by chemotherapy treatment.
According to reports today, a team of researchers in Egypt has managed to restore ovaries in mice affected by chemotherapy so that they were able to carry offspring.
Although the research was carried out on laboratory mice, it is being hailed as a potentially ‘phenomenal’ development, and clinical trials are now planned to test if the process will work on humans. These trials will likely involve the use of stem cells and umbilical cord material.
Explaining the motivation behind the pioneering research, head researcher Dr Sara Mohamed said that she was moved after meeting a 22-year-old cancer patient.
“It was very emotional for me so I decided to pursue it and work on it. We injected stem cells in the ovaries of mice which had chemotherapy and were damaged, and we got very good ovarian function restoration,” she said.
She went on to confirm: “We are now working on translating that into clinical trials for humans.”