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I recently sat in on a new fall course offering at Northwestern University, the History of Reproduction, taught by Sarah Rodriguez, PhD. Over the last few years, Sarah has contributed her historical expertise to the Oncofertility Consortium, ensuring that the Consortium receives a healthy dose of...

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Baby rhesus monkey born during Dr. Zelinski's study

Over the past decade, women who are about to undergo sterilizing medical treatments have seen a dramatic increase in the number and success rates of methods to preserve their fertility. Women can now cryopreserve their ovarian tissue, eggs, or ...

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At the Oncofertility Consortium, we are always trying to make sure that we have the most up-to-date and accessible information regarding fertility preservation, particularly for patients. Whether we are partnering with advocacy groups to let patients know about support services available to them or...

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At the Oncofertility Consortium, it’s no secret that we believe in the importance of fertility preservation for young cancer patients – it’s what we’re all about. Research, education, advocacy, clinical care, you name it, we're on top of it and constantly looking for ways we can improve the...

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This past year, the Oncofertility Consortium partnered up with the Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) for their Cancer Rights Conference series, which just wrapped up the second installment in the three-part series in Washington D.C. Now, believe it or not, the final installment of the conference...

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According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes. This breaks down to a 12 percent, or 1 in 8, lifetime risk for women of developing breast cancer in the U.S. and right now, there are about two and a half million breast...

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One out of 48 women will develop invasive cancer before age 40. Many young women will survive their cancer treatment and live long lives that include decisions on building a family.   Currently, there is a lack of data on the long-term reproductive outcomes in young women after cancer treatment....

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In June this past summer, the Oncofertility Consortium partnered up with the Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) for a one-day conference event kicking off their 2011 Cancer Rights Conference series. It was a great success and provided many attendees with valuable information regarding cancer-...

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Motherhood has long been viewed as a valued role for women, regardless of whether or not every woman is a mother or plans on being one. In all fairness, it is a defining role for many women and something that gives their lives added meaning. I can certainly understand how this could be a principle...

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We hope that all patients of reproductive age who are diagnosed with cancer have the opportunity to discuss oncofertility with their provider shortly after diagnosis. This conversation should include the options, risks, benefits and various outcomes of available fertility preservation techniques....

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Religion and oncofertility strive to maintain an open and mutually beneficial dialogue in order to meet somewhere in the middle.  Oddly enough, science and theology often overlap, albeit outside of the lab, so it’s important to bridge any gaps that may exist in the current debate surrounding...

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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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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...

Oncofertility Consortium

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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Oncofertility Consortium

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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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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