UTSA study describes drug that could prevent infertility in cancer patients

(University of Texas at San Antonio) A new study led by Brian Hermann, assistant professor of biology at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), shows promising evidence that a medication previously used to prevent infections in cancer patients can also keep them from becoming infertile. Losing fertility is a frequent problem among cancer patients, as treatments for the disease often halt sperm production.
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - Category: Biology Source Type: news

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Source: Urology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Frontiers in Endocrinology - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
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Source: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
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Source: Radiation Research - Category: Physics Authors: Tags: Radiat Res Source Type: research
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Source: Reproductive BioMedicine Online - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Bulletin du Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Bull Cancer Source Type: research
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Source: Experimental Cell Research - Category: Cytology Authors: Tags: Exp Cell Res Source Type: research
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Source: the Mail online | Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
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