IUD May Help Treat Cancer

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IUD May Help Treat Cancer
Thu, 09-30-2010 - 8:23am
From LiveScience:



Intrauterine devices, long-used in contraception, may work as a treatment for women with early-stage endometrial cancer, a cancer of the uterus, who want to preserve their fertility, according to a new study.



Endometrial cancer is the most common cancer of the female reproductive system, affecting more than 40,000 women in the United States each year, according to the National Cancer Institute. The usual treatment is a hysterectomy that removes the womb and ovaries, and so prevents women from having children after treatment.



In the new study, the intrauterine devices, or IUDs, released a hormone to inhibit the growth of a particular layer of the womb. The participants, all women under 40, also received hormonal injections to block the development of the cancer. The therapy was effective, and in some cases caused the cancer to disappear completely.



Women who responded well to the treatment — the cancer did not come back or grow — were allowed to have the IUD removed after one year and plan to become pregnant. Nine of the 34 women were able to become pregnant, some more than once. All of the women were still alive at the end of the study 10 years later.

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