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Irene Wapnir

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  • Egg retrieval with cryopreservation does not delay breast cancer treatment AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SURGERY Madrigrano, A., Westphal, L., Wapnir, I. 2007; 194 (4): 477-481


    Infertility is a concern to young women diagnosed with breast cancer. Advances in fertility technology have made it possible to bank fertilized embryos.Twenty-three women, ages 27 to 40 years, underwent stimulation/oocyte retrieval before the start of adjuvant therapies. Time intervals between retrieval and therapeutic procedures were analyzed.The average stimulation to egg retrieval was 11.5 days (range 9-20 d). The average time interval from first evaluation to oocyte retrieval was 33.3 days (range 10-65 d). Overall, the mean time from definitive surgery to initiation of chemotherapy was 46.8 days (n = 20). For 6 patients referred by surgeons, the mean time from fertility consult to retrieval was 48.8 days (range 16-118 d), and from definitive surgery to initiation of chemotherapy was 45 days (range 15-93 d).Egg retrieval cryopreservation can be integrated with breast cancer work-up and surgical procedures. Early referrals to a fertility specialist by surgeons will help patients' safeguard future childbearing.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2007.06.008

    View details for Web of Science ID 000249933000011

    View details for PubMedID 17826059

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