Possibilities of fertility preservation in young patients with ovarian cancer

Henes, Melanie; Neis, Felix; Krämer, Bernhard; Walter, Christina; Brucker, Sara; von Wolff, Michael; Rothmund, Ralf; Lawrenz, Barbara; Rall, Katharina (2014). Possibilities of fertility preservation in young patients with ovarian cancer. Anticancer research, 34(7), pp. 3851-3854. International Inst. of Anticancer Research

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BACKGROUND Ovarian cancer is a rare disease especially in young patients and surgical treatment often leads to loss of fertility. This study investigated the incidence of the different histological types and discusses the possibility of fertility preservation. PATIENTS AND METHODS A retrospective analysis of patients with an ovarian tumour under the age of 40 who presented either to the Women's University Hospital, Tuebingen or to centres of the FertiPROTEKT network was performed. RESULTS Out of 51 patients with ovarian cancer from Tuebingen, 21 (41.2%) were eligible for fertility-preserving surgery, 11 received chemotherapy and from those 4 (36.4%) chose a fertility preservation technique. From the FertiPROTEKT network, 26/41 patients (63.4%) decided to undergo fertility preservation. No complications and postponement of chemotherapy due to fertility preservation procedures were noted. CONCLUSION With careful consideration of the risks, the correct indication and diligent aftercare, the realisation of conception is possible also for patients with ovarian cancer.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Gynaecology

UniBE Contributor:

von Wolff, Michael


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




International Inst. of Anticancer Research




Nathalie Ursula Becher

Date Deposited:

13 May 2015 10:19

Last Modified:

13 May 2015 10:19

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Ovarian cancer; fertility preservation; network FertiPROTEKT



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