Leah Bressler

Dr. Hayes-Lattin gave a stimulating lecture on the status of insurance coverage for fertility preservation and what we can do as healthcare providers, researchers and advocates to allow our patients to receive oncofertility coverage. Up to 60% of cancer survivors are at risk for iatrogenic...

Leah Bressler

After hearing about issues with sexual function in female young adult cancer survivors, Dr. Meacham shared with us the special issues in young adult male cancer survivors. She discussed how sexual function includes both physical and emotional components and has a key role in determining quality of...

Leah Bressler

Dr. Woodard, reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist at MD Anderson and Baylor discussed special issues in sexual functioning among female young adult cancer survivors. She reviewed how surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapies can have long-term and late effects such as...

Leah Bressler

Dr. Finlayson, pediatric endocrinologist at the multi-disciplinary Gender & Sex Development Program at Lurie Children’s Hospital, spoke to us about fertility preservation options in patients with DSD. She started by explaining that DSD represents a group of medical congenital conditions in which...

Leah Bressler

Dr. Campo-Engelstein, PhD in bioethics at Albany Medical College, gave a compelling review of the key ethical considerations in ovarian stimulation in adolescent cancer patients. She led attendees through a range of topics and emphasized how the biologically-determined differences in treatment by...

Brigid Martz Smith

We're happy to share that National Physicians Cooperative member, Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York, hosted a successful fundraising event this past Sunday at Soulcycle in Manhattan, New York.  This philanthropic class was sold out and money was raised for Susan G. Komen Foundation in...

Brigid Martz Smith

We are delighted to provide our support to the newly developed Pediatric Oncofertility Research Foundation (PORF).  PORF supports research in the field of fertility preservation for children treated for cancer. The primary goal of the foundation is to allow the choice of future fertility to every...

Brigid Martz Smith

Our friends at True North Treks are looking for survivors who are interested in participating in two exciting adventures this coming fall to "recalibrate, rejuvenate and reconnect with life"!  True North Treks is dedicated to supporting young adult cancer survivors by connecting with nature, other...

Brigid Martz Smith

The Oncofertility Consortium is excited to announce a new opportunity for Illinois individuals and couples struggling with infertility and its associated costs.  The Kevin J. Lederer Life Foundation is a 501c3 that will provide educational programs as well as financial assistance.  

The Foundation...

Brigid Martz Smith

UPDATE: NEW VENUE INFORMATION BELOW!

The Oncofertility Consortium is pleased to spread the word about an upcoming Stupid Cancer Meet-up with founder and CEO (and a wonderful friend of the Oncofertility Consortium), Matthew Zachary.  Mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 25th - read more below!
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Brigid Martz Smith

Yesterday, the Huffington Post published an article outlining states that are 'Fertility-Friendly'.  The article, 'State-By-State 'Fertility Friendliness' Ranking Show Wide Range' was written by Resolve: The National Infertility Association in partnership with EMD Serono Inc., a biotech drug...

Brigid Martz Smith

Recently, Mashable featured Jenna Benn in a wonderful article: Wedding, Career, Chemo: When Cancer Derails the Millennial Dream.  Jenna Benn is a patient of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at and a wonderful friend and supporter of the Oncofertility Consortium.

Due to the interest...

Brigid Martz Smith

If you're not already aware, today is World Cancer Day.  World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration which calls upon government leaders and health policy-makers to significantly reduce the global cancer...

Brigid Martz Smith

Education materials, whether in print or web-based, have a large role in helping patients feel confident in their medical decision-making.  Continuing with our overview of Oncofertility Communication: Sharing Information and Building Relationships across DisciplinesChapter 3 focuses on the...

Brigid Martz Smith

We can all remember a time when we have received medical information from our doctor and have walked away with little or no comprehension of what was discussed.  The second chapter in Oncofertility Communication: Sharing Information and Building Relationships Across Disciplines is entitled ...

Brigid Martz Smith

Here at the Oncofertility Consortium, we're huge fans - both personally and professionally - of Matthew Zachary, the force behind Stupid Cancer; the nation's largest support community of young adult survivors of cancer.  Created in 2004 (first as Steps for Living, then transitioning into I'm Too...

Brigid Martz Smith

As I'm sure you already know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The nation is awash in the color pink and adorned with pink ribbons.  Everywhere we turn we see information about breast cancer signs and symptoms, early detection, and treatment options.  This alone is reason to...

Brigid Martz Smith

Imagine that you are diagnosed with cancer at 24.  On top of processing the enormity of your diagnosis at such a young age, you're shuttled from one appointment to the next, coordinating your treatment plan in the quickest timeframe possible.  Today, treatment discussions are more frequently...

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Should insurance companies cover the expenses of fertility preservation when a young cancer patient is at risk of losing their fertility as a result of their treatment? This is what members of the Michigan delegation asked the American Medical Association (AMA) to support by lobbying for federal...

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