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Dr. Silverberg Published in the Journal of Gynecologic Oncology

Dr. Silverberg published in the Journal of Gynecologic Oncology

We have big news about TFC and the Journal of Gynecologic Oncology. Dr. Kaylen Silverberg, of Texas Fertility Center in Austin, TX and his co-authors just published a paper. It’s about a patient who conceived following radical cervical cancer treatment.

A look at the paper in the Journal of Gynecologic Oncology

Using IVF stimulation and freezing her embryos, Texas Fertility Center was able to protect the patient’s fertility. This occurred while she underwent extensive cancer treatment. She underwent radical surgery to remove her cervix, where the cancerous lesion was first found. The patient also underwent extensive chemotherapy and radiation of the ovaries and uterus.

Once the patient was clear of the cancer and following the completion of her chemotherapy and radiation, Dr Silverberg and his team were able to successfully stimulate the patient’s uterus to generate a lining sufficient to support a pregnancy. They then implanted one of the frozen embryos that the patient and her husband had stored with Austin IVF prior to cancer treatment. The patient fortunately conceived and she then carried the baby until 24 weeks of pregnancy. At that time, she unfortunately lost the baby due to an unrelated obstetric complication. Because of the emotional and physical stress on the patient, a known gestational carrier conceived a second baby for the patient.

More about the paper

This paper, published in the recent issue of Gynecologic Oncology, gives hope to the thousands of young women who are treated for gynecologic cancers every year. Whereas previously these women had a very poor prognosis – they would either not survive their cancer or would be sterile following treatment – they now have legitimate hope for a fertile future following cancer treatment. Contact us to learn more about fertility preservation at TFC.

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