Breast Cancer Drug May Help Patients Conceive
According to doctors at Cornell University in New York, the breast cancer drug tamoxifen may help cancer patients retain their fertility. In a study looking at the drug’s effectiveness as a fertility drug, researchers found that it boosted egg production in a dozen breast cancer survivors.
The new findings offer renewed hope for breast cancer patients who want to freeze embryos because they risk ovarian failure due to the toxic effects of chemotherapy. Although tamoxifen has been used as an ovarian stimulant, its use in IVF treatment has been neglected due to its success as a breast cancer therapy.
The study is also notable because one of its participants gave birth to twins after taking tamoxifen to stimulate egg production. The results of the study were published in the journal Human Reproduction.