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The goal of oncofertility is to preserve the future fertility of cancer patients and ensure they have reproductive choice after they’ve finished treatment. Not all methods of fertility preservation are considered “established” techniques meaning they are viewed as experimental and must be offered...

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Here at the Oncofertility Consortium Blog, it’s important to us that our readers who may be diagnosed with cancer or know someone that is, have a wealth of resources to tap into for support. A cancer diagnosis often leads to questions and concerns throughout the trajectory of the disease. Having...

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The other day, I was reading a journal article, ”Pan-Canadian initiatives in colorectal cancer screening: adopting knowledge translation tools to accelerate uptake and impact,” on Canadian efforts to increase colorectal cancer (CRC) screenings, when it struck me how similar they are to our efforts...

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Mary Zelinski, PhD finishes her reports from the annual meeting of the Society for Cryobiology held from Corvallis, Oregon with a final blog about the keynote talk from Alison Ting, PhD. In this post, she relay's Dr. Ting's findings about advancing ovarian tissue cryopreservation techniques in one...

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Recently I dipped my foot into the real estate market and began looking for a place we could call home. I followed all the steps that most anyone else would: I hooked up with a real estate agent (*Todd), I began scouring all the listings in my price range and after a few visits to "the house"  I...

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In this blog, Mary Zelinski, PhD continues her reports from the annual meeting of the Society for Cryobiology held in Corvallis, Oregon, July 24-27. In this post, she relay's the findings of Dr. Pukazhenthi, on the importance of fertility preservation for endangered species. Read the first and ...

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It’s not uncommon for people to gift others with money on a birthday, or a graduation, at a wedding, etc.., but what about when people really need it? What about when people are in times of personal crisis?  Statistics show that 60% of all bankruptcies are a result of medical costs with most people...

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Last week, Mary Zelinski reported to us about the annual meeting of the Society for Cryobiology held in Corvallis, Oregon, July 24-27. She continues her review of the meeting and the keynote presentation by Dr. Steven Mullen, below. Read the first blog post on Cryo2011.

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Fertility concerns rank high among newly diagnosed cancer patients of reproductive age. There are several options available to patients interested in preserving their fertility before treatment begins. An often selected choice among patients with a spouse or a committed partner is embryo banking.

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A few weeks ago, this blog discussed some of the ins and outs of cryopreservation, or highly specialized freezing of tissues for long-term preservation, in oncofertility. Scientists in this scientific field and members of the Oncofertility Consortium recently attended a meeting on this technology...

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Pulitzer Prize winning photographer and cancer survivor, John Kaplan documents his journey through diagnosis, treatment and remission in the new documentary, NOT As I Pictured. At 48 years old, John was at the top of his game; successful career, wife and 2 kids (a boy and a girl), and rarely sick....

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Within one 24-hour period last week, I read two news articles on in vitro fertilization (IVF) that had completely opposite messages. One said that IVF success rates are upwards of 90% while the other said that less than 25% of women get pregnant after IVF. So what is the truth?

The Society for...

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As a result of earlier detection and improved treatments, cancer survival statistics have dramatically increased. Some survivors may live with cancer as a chronic disease requiring periodic treatments, while others may go into long-term remission. As many survivors have learned, recovery is often...

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Summer Teacher Fellowship Team (L-R): Mark Prosise (Curriculum Developer), Amy Elliott, Kari Bodine, Miranda Bernhardt (Lab Coordinator), Sowmya Anjur, Kristen Perkins (Curriculum Coordinator), Nadia Reynolds (Fellowship Coordinator); not pictured: Qurrat Waheed. Photo by Eugene Galdones.

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One of the missions of the Oncofertility Consortium is to educate cancer patients, providers, and the larger oncology community. We have recently joined forces with a like-minded organization, the Cancer Knowledge Network, an affiliate of the journal, Current Oncology. Together, our organizations...

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Yesterday I had the opportunity to tour the Supportive Oncology Suite with our Fertility Preservation Patient Navigator, Kristin Smith. The Supportive Oncology Suite is part of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University’s Maggie Daley Center for Women's Cancer Care...

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Planning a family post-cancer can be a complicated process if a patient’s fertility was compromised during their cancer treatment. Depending on a cancer survivor’s prior treatment regime and subsequent fertility options, a number of family planning options may be available to them.  I spoke with ...

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More than 80% of female cancer patients survive for at least five years after their diagnosis and many live for decades beyond treatment. However, chemotherapy or pelvic radiation can deplete the eggs within a woman’s ovaries and the young women may survive with partial or complete loss of...

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This year at American Society of Clinical Oncology Conference we met so many great advocacy groups who are invested in the cancer community whether through programming, research, outreach or education. Often we look to specific groups who specialize in a particular area of cancer care to provide us...

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In today’s world, more and more professionals are relying on smartphone technology as part of their daily lives. Healthcare providers are no exception, with apps being designed in lieu of cumbersome pocket-guides to meet their diagnostic and medical information needs. In oncology, access to the...

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