Friday, January 1, 2010
Medical Reports: Ovarian Transplant
When a young woman hears the words "you have cancer," she probably can't think beyond the fight for survival, but now, some women are taking steps to protect their hormones and possibly their future fertility from chemo. Seven's Christine Cruz has details in today's Healthcast.
WSVN -- Joseph Criscuolo is getting ready for his sixth birthday. His mom Jennifer is just grateful to be around for the party.
Jennifer Criscuolo: "I was first diagnosed 15 weeks after my child was born."
She had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and endured seven rounds of chemo. Two years later, the cancer came back.
Jennifer Criscuolo: "It was totally unbelievable."
Another round of rigorous treatment would force the 38-year-old into post-menopause. Jennifer decided to have one of her ovaries removed and frozen.
Jennifer Criscuolo: "Whether you want kids or you don't want kids, when you get better, you want your hormones back in place."
After she went into remission, Jennifer had a minimally invasive procedure to re-implant her ovarian tissue. Doctors sewed eight frozen pieces onto Jennifer's remaining ovary, creating a pocket for new eggs to grow.
Dr. Tamer Yalcinkaya: "Even small pieces of ovary can produce follicles and can release eggs."
Six months after surgery, Jennifer's body was back to normal-- no menopause, no hormone replacements and regular monthly cycles.
Dr. Tamer Yalcinkaya: "Most women would say, 'Why would you want that?' But it's nice to have my hormones functioning again."
Doctors say there's a chance Jennifer could get pregnant again. She's hopeful but satisfied with feeling like herself again.
Jennifer Criscuolo: "It's my right to go through all the different stages of womanhood, so I felt like I deserved that."
Looking forward to the future and enjoying the journey.
Christine Cruz: "Only two-dozen of these procedures have been performed in the world resulting in five births."
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Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center