Lauren Ataman-Millhouse

Ke Ju, Yuqing Wang, and Gehui Yuan are undergraduate students from Nanjing Medical University (NMU) in China and now conduct their visiting research projects in Dr. Shuo Xiao’s Reproductive Health & Toxicology laboratory at University of South Carolina (USC). Dr. Xiao, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Arnold School of Public Health at USC, is an active member of Oncofertility Consortium and makes his efforts to promote Oncofertility development in his home country, China. As the country having the largest population of cancer patients, China has not yet integrated fertility preservation guidelines into medical field and Oncofertility is still a brand-new concept there, suggesting that most of young male and female cancer patients are receiving cancer therapy without discussing their reproductive damage as well as their infertility risk after cancer. By working with Dr. Xiao, these three NMU students performed a pilot study to investigate the reproductive health professionals’ Oncofertility knowledge and attitude in China. Based on the data generated from this project, they are now preparing their first leading and co-authored manuscripts which they will submit to scientific journals for publications soon. Moreover, Ke and Yuqing also translated the Oncofertility pocket guides for both medical providers and patients from English to Chinese. Now these Chinese version Oncofertility brochures are available at http://oncofertility.northwestern.edu/ and http://www.savemyfertility.org/, which enables both Chinese clinical physicians and cancer patients to learn how to protect patients’ reproductive viability as well as how to preserve their fertility for future pregnancy.

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