Goossens studied the effects and likelihood of having a child without sperm production. After successful research results,
. This will allow sperm cells to grow, useful in fertility treatments.
Goossens said, “The support in the context of Kom op tegen Kanker through the FWO was invaluable to our research. It allowed us to develop a procedure for preserving and transplanting testicular tissue.
A study is currently underway to further follow-up boys with gynecomastia so that we can investigate whether their puberty is normal and if they are fertile as adults. Are not. This is important because so little is known about the effects of cancer treatments at a young age. “The Goossens study is an example of Flanders’ annual investment in a cancer charity called Kom op tegen Kanker. Flemish Science Policy Minister Hilde Crevits said, “Once moreover, groundbreaking cancer research by Flemish scientists.G. Goossens’ study is the ultimate proof that years of investment in cancer research has paid off.
Cancer is and will remain a disease that sooner or later many families or groups of friends will also face. Every opportunity for rapid diagnosis, treatment, or better aftercare should be grasped with both hands. That is why, within the framework of Kom op tegen Kanker, we invest every year in promising scientific projects through the Foundation for Research – Flanders (FWO).
This year, we are focusing on better screening for skin and lung cancer and the effectiveness of immunotherapy. We hope that these studies will also yield groundbreaking results in the future. ”
Crewitz is raising an additional budget of €800,000 through the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO). It supports three scientific projects that carry out research to best diagnose or treat skin and lung cancers.
Finally, the team expects to perform the first transplant this year. And VUB scientists have been approved for testicular reimplantation to restore fertility after treatment for childhood cancer.