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Watch: Saint Mary's IVF team on BBC North West Tonight

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Our Saint Mary's IVF team will feature on BBC North West Tonight this evening talking about their study on fertility preservation for patients diagnosed with cancer.

Around 8,000 15-39 year old women are diagnosed with a malignant form of cancer each year, of those it's estimated that 4,000 will undergo treatment for their cancer that will seriously affect their fertility.

Freezing eggs, ovarian tissue or an embryo created with a partner's sperm may give patients the chance to start a family later using IVF.

Central Manchester established the fertility preservation service in 2008 working closely with the Christie and local commissioning groups, to enable rapid patient access to fully funded NHS treatment. During the surveyed year, Saint Mary's carried out 38 egg freeze cycles - 25% of all treatments carried out within the UK and more than any other single trust.

Dr Cheryl Fitzgerald, Consultant Gynaecologist at Saint Mary's said: "The study highlights a woeful lack of provision of fertility advice and treatment for women facing cancer treatment. As most young patients now survive cancer, we must continue to improve their long term quality of life, including their chance to have a family. Successful fertility preservation measures have been available to male patients for many years.  Scientific advances now mean that these opportunities can also be offered to women. It is essential that we work closely with oncologists and NHS providers to ensure that these opportunities are not wasted."

Tune in tonight at 6.30pm to see Dr Cheryl Fitzgerald, Dr Yazan Abdallah and Saint Mary's patient Aimee talk to the BBC North West news team.