Published today in the journal Molecular Cell, a study conducted by a team of researchers at the Melbourne's Monash University and Prince Henry Institute of Medical Research has revealed that women undergoing any kind of cancer treatment would possibly now not face any infertility issue.
Some kinds of proteins have been discovered by the team, which have raised their hopes to reduce infertility chances amongst women undergoing radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Since, a woman, who is a patient of cervical or any other cancer, and undergoes treatment, raises her chances of becoming infertile.
Researchers have told that health is maintained by a natural process of removal of damaged cells. And the same becomes devastating in women undergoing cancer treatment because the PUMA protein is missed and egg-producing cells do not die. PUMA and NOXA named proteins can destroy eggs cells present in the ovaries.
"PUMA and NOXA can trigger cell death, and have been found to be necessary for the death of many different cell types in response to DNA damage”, said Walter and Eliza Hall Institute’s Associate Professor Clare Scott.
It is being hoped that the findings would help in new strategies that block the two proteins’ activity, thereby protecting women's fertility, as per the findings.