Male fertility could be restored by reimplanting frozen testes tissue

Cross-section of human testicular tissues NIGEL DOWNER/SCIENCEPHOTO LIBRARY
Belgium's clinic has been granted permission to re-implant frozen testicular tissue in order to obtain fertile sperm. It is hoped that this procedure will enable those whose fertility has been destroyed by cancer treatments to have children.

The ethical committee has approved our protocol and we now await the first case. Ellen Goossens, Free University of Brussels (VUB), says that the protocol is now in place. It is possible to expect it in the near future.

Treatments for cancer such as chemotherapy and radiation include