A first in Tunisia, medical staff at Aziza Othmana hospital succeed to preserve fertility of woman with cancer | Tunisia News Gazette

A first in Tunisia, medical staff at Aziza Othmana hospital succeed to preserve fertility of woman with cancer

A first in Tunisia, the medical staff at the Aziza Othmana hospital succeeded on Friday to freeze an ovarian fragment taken from a young woman who was about to receive chemotherapy.

“This medical intervention is aimed at preserving people suffering from cancer from the risk of sterility incurred by chemotherapy,” Dr. Mohamed Khrouf, associate professor at the Aziza Othmana Hospital Gynaecology and Obstetrics, told TAP on Saturday.

The principle, he pointed out, is to take a whole fragment of the ovarian tissue to freeze it. “Once the chemotherapy is completed, this fragment will be re-implanted into the patient’s uterus, who will then be able to have a child using in vitro fertilisation.”

The Aziza Othmana hospital has been working since 2014 to launch a programme to freeze ovaries and spermatozoa before any chemotherapy treatment, saying that up to 120 oocytes have been frozen.

Dr Khrouf said that the Aziza Othmana hospital will continue to use this medical intervention which, according to him, has no side effects on the patient’s health.

Source: TAP News Agency

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