PGD – "Can.cer Free Baby"

9 01 2009
So I got up this morning and I am taking my usual spin through the local and national news and came across this article:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/01/09/uk.cancerfree.baby//index.html


The basics are that they used pgd on an embryo to make sure that the embryo did not carry the cancer gene for breast or ovarian cancer.  Carrying this gene does not mean one will definitely get either form of cancer, but there is a greater likelihood (50-80%) that a person would get either form of cancer.

So for us IVFrs out there, I know there is a process that we all have to go through – regardless of our beliefs – in order to go through the process.  So it is sort of like picking a jury for a death penalty case – you have to believe in the death penalty in order to even sit on the jury.  I digress…so I know for me and many of you, we have to decide what happens to frozen embryos – now that was a conversation I had with Mr. M when I thought we would produce enough embryos for freezing – hasn’t happened.  

So what about PGD and other forms of testing embryos?  I will not hide my cards – I believe in testing in certain circumstances.  But where would I draw the line?  I was/am shocked, horrified, dismayed to think of disposing of an otherwise perfectly fine embryo just because it carried the cancer gene.  My grandmother had breast cancer – hey, I may even be a carrier.  One of my best friend’s wife is a breast cancer survivor.  I only say this because I am not totally ignorant when it comes to the disease. I could go on and on and on and on.

It is such a slippery slope…what say you?