Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have announced that human eggs have been grown in the laboratory for the first time, potentially paving the way for new fertility treatments.
Jeanette Hawkins, Assistant Director Health Service Relationships & NHS Partnerships, said: “We welcome today’s news of potential advances in fertility treatment, as we know that cancer can have an impact on the fertility of the young people we support.
“When a child or young person is told that they have cancer, being able to have children in the future may be the last thing on their or their parent’s minds. They need to know that healthcare professionals are considering their future fertility, and offering informed choices where options exist. They should have the opportunity to discuss the potential impact on their fertility before they start treatment and ask any questions.
“There is still progress to be made and we encourage any young person who has concerns about their fertility to speak with their consultant and discuss the potential impact.”
CLIC Sargent provides resources to help young people and families understand what their options are if they are going through treatment. Click here to read further.
Today, 11 more children and young people in the UK will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.
About CLIC Sargent
When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading charity for young cancer patients and their families. We provide specialist support, to help and guide each young cancer patient and their family. We will fight tirelessly for them, individually, locally and nationally. For more information, visit www.clicsargent.org.uk
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