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In the next few weeks, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) will be hosting an exciting new Grand Rounds session with Oncofertility Consortium  member, Dr. Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron, as the guest speaker.  “Legal and Ethical Implications of Fertility Preservation: A Case Based Approach,” will take a closer look at the ethics behind oncofertility on February 8th from 12-1pm at UIC.

Dr. Hirshfeld-Cytron will begin by discussing the various fertility preservation options patients have based on their diagnosis and cancer treatment plan. She will also discuss how patient care is handled collaboratively in this burgeoning new field. Much of the success in a multidisciplinary field is based on communication and how effectively teams work together. The Oncofertility Consortium can be seen as a model for team science through its ability to bridge the gap between clinicians, researchers, and the social sciences.

Finally, Dr. Hirshfeld-Cytron will discuss current literature related to the clinical, legal, and ethical implications of fertility preservation strategies in breast cancer, ovarian germ cell cancer and pediatric patient populations.  Read Dr. Hirshfeld-Cytron's recently published a paper with Drs. Gracia and Woodruff entitled, Nonmalignant Diseases and Treatments Associated with Primary Ovarian Failure: An Expanded Role for Fertility Preservation.  A panel discussion will follow with  clinicians and scholars  from obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, law, and hematology-oncology.  For more information or attend this Grand Rounds, contact L. Anderson-Shaw at 312.413.3805.  We hope to see you there!

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