Herceptin causes ovarian damage, menopause?

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Question from Susan: Does Herceptin cause ovarian damage or early menopause?
Answers - Kutluk Oktay, M.D. No. It's a very selective drug, and there's no evidence that it causes damage to eggs.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. Your question raises a good point, which is when any new chemotherapy or other form of therapy is put into use, it's very important for studies to look at the possible impact that each of these treatments might have on a woman's fertility. In the past, this was not routinely studied. In the future, studies need to pay very close attention to this important issue.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Pregnancy and Fertility Issues featured Kutluk Oktay, M.D., Leslie Schover, Ph.D., and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about pregnancy and fertility before, during, and after breast cancer treatment, as well as the options of adoption and gestational carriers (surrogate mothers).

Editor's Note: This conference took place in August 2004.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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