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Kids with cancer get futuristic chance at saving fertility

Kids with cancer get futuristic chance at saving fertility

Barely 2 years old, Talia Pisano is getting tough treatment at Lurie Children's Hospital for kidney cancer that spread to her brain. She's also getting a chance at having babies of her own someday. To battle infertility sometimes caused by cancer treatment, Lurie and other children's hospitals are trying a futuristic approach: removing and freezing immature ovary and testes tissue, with hopes of being able to put it back when patients reach adulthood and want to start families. No one knows yet if it will work. It has in adults — more than 30 babies have been born to women who had ovarian tissue removed in adulthood, frozen, and put back after treatment for cancer...

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