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In 1998, the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University assembled a group of nurses and other oncology experts together for an inaugural oncology nursing conference. Every year since, this successful conference has highlighted emerging topics to oncology nurses from...

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In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday upon us tomorrow, I asked people at the Oncofertility Consortium to tell me why they are thankful for fertility preservation.  I received some very thoughtful and meaningful responses:

I am thankful for fertility preservation because it demonstrates a...

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Over the past decades, the patient-doctor relationship has changed dramatically in the United States. This may be due to changes in the amount of time that patients spend with their doctors and the rising costs of health care. Consequently, patients often spend more time educating themselves on...

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Socio-economic status plays a profound effect on cancer diagnosis and survival rates. For example, breast cancer patients of low socio-economic status have significantly reduced survival rates compared to women from more privileged backgrounds. This increased mortality is partially caused by...

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In 2007, the Oncofertility Consortium joined forces with the Women’s Health Science Program (WHSP) to launch a unique high school-university science partnership called the Oncofertility Saturday Academy. This weekend program allows girls in the Chicago Public Schools to learn about scientific and...

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Last week, members of the Oncofertility Consortium flew to Austin, Texas to meet with the Young Adult Alliance. The Alliance is a coalition of more than 120 research, clinical education, and advocacy organizations around the country dedicated to making advances in cancer treatment for people aged...

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As discussed in our blog last month, a Cancer Support Community (CSC) survey found that almost half of women with breast cancer did not receive information about breast reconstruction when reviewing treatment options. The outcome of this survey is shocking, especially given that due to the Women’s...

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Third and final day of our visit with Kirsten the journalist. We really enjoyed her stay and hope she'll come back soon!

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By Kirsten Tellam

Today was a more difficult day at the lab, not because of the work I was doing, but because of the topic.

I was in meetings with various people in the lab...

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Day 2 with our embedded journalist.

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By Kirsten Tellam

I was really excited for my day at the oncofertility lab today-- I actually got my hands in a pair of gloves and did some work!

First it was time for follicle isolation. Ovaries are composed of follicles, or aggregates of cells that...

Jacqueline Kestler

Don’t worry, it’s not a typo – Movember is the proper name for the month of November where men join together to grow moustaches (aka the mo) for the whole month in order to fundraise and raise awareness about cancers that affect men.  The moustache is Movember’s ribbon, where “Mo Bros” are...