The Game Changing Science to Preserve Fertility

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Cancer and cancer treatment take a major toll on a patient’s health, including their fertility. Luckily, fertility preservation techniques are ever-evolving, and there are lots of options for people with cancer to reduce the risk of infertility.
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When we say chemotherapy, that actually means any drug used to treat any kind of illness, but in the context of cancer treatment, these are drugs that are targeted to eradicate cancer cells. And these drugs may not only affect active eggs but can also degrade the backup pool that’s stored in the ovaries for future ovulation.

Radiation in the pelvic area can also directly harm your eggs. And any destruction of hormone-regulating parts of the body, like the ovaries, can trigger some pretty drastic changes, including the onset of menopause-like symptoms before age 40.

For male reproductive equipment—chemotherapy can damage sperm and sperm-generating parts of the body, so before treatment, he needed to consult a fertility specialist. For those with testes, that means deciding whether you want to collect and store a sperm sample.

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Fertility

The term “fertility” is used to describe the ability to conceive a child naturally. Some cancer treatments affect fertility in males and females. The risk of infertility from cancer treatment is based on several factors, including the patient’s age and the type and dosage of treatment received.

Preserving Fertility in Adolescent and Young Adult Women with Cancer

But there’s still a lot of work to be done in oncofertility, a term coined in 2006 to bring the fields of oncology and fertility medicine together to help children, adolescents and young adults who have cancer. That same year, the American Society of Clinical Oncology issued guidelines urging oncologists to discuss the possibility of infertility as a cancer treatment side effect and to refer patients to fertility specialists when needed. Three years later, a national survey found that fewer than 50% of people with childhood and gynecologic cancers were aware of these infertility risks.

Ovarian transplant technique extends fertility in cancer patients

With this method, ovarian tissue is removed from the patient, frozen until their cancer treatment is complete and then retransplanted, providing a new “window” of fertility and a chance at conception. The procedure, known as ACOTT (autologous cryopreserved ovarian tissue transplantation), has continued to evolve.

Editor’s Note: At Seeker, we recognize that people of many genders and identities have vaginas and uteruses, and are affected by the topics covered in Body Language: not only women. Where gendered language does appear is in reference to specific language used within the scientific studies cited.
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33 comments

Bhavya Mishra January 11, 2022 - 8:03 PM

Nice viedo

Wilderbeast January 11, 2022 - 8:03 PM

"For those of us with ovaries[…]" dislike, and did not watch. Didn't miss what you did there.

DUNIA FLIGHT LUTHFI RAMADHAN January 11, 2022 - 8:06 PM

Amazing and success

Lokesh Loki January 11, 2022 - 8:06 PM

Can you do a video on how you became so perfect in body postures in these videos .

Will January 11, 2022 - 8:20 PM

Humankind needs to be less fertile not the contrary, there are way to many of us already for the world to handle, not enough resources to sustain a decent life for long, misery and poverty are the results.

Mark Shiman January 11, 2022 - 8:33 PM

Thought this video was gonna be about sperm/testicular health lol, and then i noticed it's Seeker. Ofc not.

Adam Hill January 11, 2022 - 9:10 PM

Re: ovary transposition, are they moved back to their original place after radiation treatment is over? I'm not understanding how eggs would ever get to the uterus if the ovaries move out to the suburbs like that.

The Lab of No Return January 11, 2022 - 9:14 PM

All I heard was "defunct from the get go"

Adam Kamieniarz January 11, 2022 - 9:15 PM

Damage control mode: ON.

Tauvik Rajawali Chanel January 11, 2022 - 9:23 PM

Very nice video 👌👌

DRskayker January 11, 2022 - 9:28 PM

Could we have an episode on PCOS?

Dr Stone January 11, 2022 - 9:39 PM

Wonder if if more common for more then 1 sperm to mix with the Ovum but only DNA 🧬 strands can mix . Proteins breakdown extra chromosomes . But runner up sperm contribute gene promoters and maybe sections of DNA why envertro have some genetic defects

Dr Stone January 11, 2022 - 9:43 PM

Often medical care trickles down as Better stuff comes up.

Karthik Haritha January 11, 2022 - 9:46 PM

Seeker, a huge thank you for bringing such important and difficult subjects for everyone to learn in a very simple and effective manner.

King of Kings January 11, 2022 - 10:26 PM

Can we talk about how beautiful she is 😍

Ser Ta January 11, 2022 - 10:27 PM

Just mentioning Air pollution

Rhonda Huggins January 11, 2022 - 10:43 PM

Love that you present these difficult subjects in a calm straightforward manner, but with warmth and understanding. Premature Ovarian insufficiency is an issue in my extended family and me. Other genetic reproductive issues are a part of my heritage as well, making the children we have even that more precious. ❤

h7opolo January 11, 2022 - 10:48 PM

woof.

Lex Ruptor January 11, 2022 - 11:36 PM

Lemme know when there's a gamechanging science to make babies without a breeder, that would truly be a step forward.

Awesumguy 85 January 12, 2022 - 12:10 AM

Hello can you make an episode about China's Artificial Sun plz !?! Thank you I love your videos!!

AprilDawn QuietDragon January 12, 2022 - 12:49 AM

If we ever come up with a way to get rid of endometriosis ovary removal and freezing could be a great part of that, even preventing some of the worst effects of surgical menopause. I'm mostly okay with no more kids, but the lack of the hormones can be deadly!

Flower magic Kalyani January 12, 2022 - 12:56 AM

Why the world needs so many babies where we humans are already over populated the plannet .

Paul Mccray January 12, 2022 - 1:14 AM

there really gonna need all this after those vaccines

Lander Sales January 12, 2022 - 2:28 AM

You said pig transplant 5years ago, now it happened

LibertarianTV January 12, 2022 - 2:39 AM

I guess on a scientific channel we can call "people with ovaries" women or female instead, no need to cave to the woke mob

Jeff Snow January 12, 2022 - 2:42 AM

There are 400,000 children in the US foster care system. Adopt.

Muf January 12, 2022 - 3:23 AM

Now I'm wondering what was up with the books in the background that they needed to be blurred.

Carn Soaks January 12, 2022 - 3:45 AM

The Tleliax (?) are already beginning their work. One day this planetary cabal will help save humanity from the darkness of infinity. And AI.

blackout2430 January 12, 2022 - 3:47 AM

Definitely won’t be happening if you got the job. You can kiss your fertility goodbye

Chacha Smooth January 12, 2022 - 5:00 AM

"For those of us with ovaries" – intro. Do you mean women?!

Peter Schmidt January 12, 2022 - 5:16 AM

I don't really understand why infertile people care that much about being fertile. There's so many unwanted kids out there who will never have a chance at life. The world doesn't need more people and it needs fewer abandoned children. Adopting solves both problems. Meanwhile, you get to screw all you want and never have to worry about getting pregnant. And if you do get pregnant, well, great – that's what you wanted anyway.

CUT SRI AYU Channel January 12, 2022 - 5:21 AM

👍💝

Jonathan DeVries January 12, 2022 - 5:30 AM

i have epilepsy…can you teach me about why?