Frozen tissue service offers fertility hope for children with cancer

Scientists at the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) have been working with researchers at the University of Edinburgh to develop a service for young people with cancer which aims to restore their fertility following chemotherapy.

SNBTS can cryogenically freeze and store tissue from the reproductive organs of girls as young as one, which can potentially be re-implanted once they reach adulthood.

Chemotherapy and radiotherapy can have serious side effects on reproductive organs, which can render patients infertile if the treatment takes place before they reach puberty.

By removing the tissue from children before they undergo cancer treatment, it is possible to protect it from side effects that can render patients infertile.

This week it was announced that a mother from Edinburgh has given birth to the first baby in the UK to be born after she had a transplant of her own ovarian tissue, frozen 11 years previously when she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

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