How Chemotherapy can Affect Ovaries
Chemotherapy agents affect dividing cells and can cause permanent damage to the ovarian follicles (eggs) and lead to premature ovarian failure and infertility. Their effects depend on the class of agents, dosage given, and the age of the patient. Chemotherapy agents are often classified according to the degree of toxicity to the ovary and are classified as high, intermediate or low/no risk.
Types of Chemotherapy Agents
High risk chemotherapy drugs:
Intermediate risk chemotherapy drugs:
Cytosine arabinoside (Ara-C)
Low or no risk chemotherapy drugs:
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