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Date:11/7/2008

nts with cancer should be encouraged to have MIS (Mllerian Inhibiting Substance) assessment, and when their reproductive profile is favorable, be considered for embryo or oocyte cryopreservation in order to maximize opportunity for future fertility before undergoing gonadotoxic treatments.
  • Pregnancy Possible in Breast Cancer Patients After Chemotherapy. "Dissociation of Mllerian Inhibiting Substance (MIS) and Estradiol (E2) Levels After Chemotherapy in Young Women With Breast Cancer" by Drs. Bo Yu, Dawn L. Hershman, Michel J. Ferin, Nataki Douglas, Gary S. Nakhuda and Rogerio A. Lobo.
    The goal of the study was to evaluate the effect of chemotherapy on ovarian function in young women with breast cancer, assessing a marker of ovarian reserve, MIS, as well as E2, Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and menstrual status. Chemotherapy decreases ovarian reserve rapidly and dramatically as reflected by levels of MIS. After chemotherapy, although E2 levels recover quickly, with 58 percent of women regaining menstrual function by 52 weeks, all MIS levels remain below the normal range of age-matched fertile women. In spite of the concern of reduced fertility six months after chemotherapy, reflected by very low MIS levels, researchers have documented that pregnancy can occur.
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