Oncofertility Consortium

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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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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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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Across the United States this weekend, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities are celebrating the impact that LGBT people have on the world. Parades and other events from New York to Chicago to San Francisco commemorate the gay pride movement. The Oncofertility Consortium...

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A few weeks ago, at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) conference, I walked over to the Bright Pink organization’s booth to introduce myself. In doing so, I met a young woman manning the station as a volunteer for the organization and we hit it off immediately, sharing stories about...

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In March, we blogged about a survivorship event scheduled for April 7th at the Museum of Science and Industry entitled A Night at the Museum: An Evening for Young Adults Touched by Cancer and we’re back to report what an outstanding success it was! The event targeted cancer survivors between the...

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Cristina Thomas (top) with her mentors in the Woodruff Lab, Candace Tingen, PhD, and Min Xu, PhD.

Cristina Thomas is like many young students at Northwestern University. She spends her time studying, participating in school activities, and having fun with her friends. In addition to all this, over...

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The Oncofertility Consortium often uses technical terms when discussing cancer and fertility preservation. In an effort to remove the jargon from reproductive science, Cathryn Smeyers, Program Manager of the Center for Reproductive Research, created Repropedia, which is what we link to on our blog...

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A cancer diagnosis often carries a number of legal issues, including insurance coverage, employment and taking time off work, access to health care and government benefits, etc… These legal issues can have a serious affect on an individual’s already compromised health causing stress and confusion,...

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Back in February, we blogged about one of our sister programs for the Oncofertility Saturday Academy (OSA) called, the Pennsylvania Academy for Reproductive Sciences otherwise known as the PARS program. Similar to OSA, the PARS program was started to teach high school girls about the research,...

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In the first volume of the Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (JAYAO), a pioneering new cancer journal dedicated to the adolescent and young adult oncology population, an article by Oncofertility Consortium members Gwendolyn P. Quinn, PhD and Caprice A. Knapp, PhD entitled “Assessing...

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On June 5th, the 18th Annual Cancer Survivors Celebration & Walk is taking place in Chicago, IL, at Grant Park. This leisurely, non-competitive 4 mile walk is a family-focused, community awareness event dedicated to bringing together cancer survivors, friends and family, and all those who have been...

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The website, Get Inside Health: Your Exclusive Guide to Health and Well-Being, recently conducted an interview with Oncofertility Consortium member Gwendolyn Quinn, PhD, entitled “Preserving Fertility in Cancer Patients: Two Views.”  Dr. Quinn is a researcher at the Moffit Cancer Center and...

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The medical community has known for a very long time that chemotherapy is disruptive to reproductive function and that young women undergoing chemotherapy have a greater chance of entering early menopause. In the 1970s, two articles were published acknowledging these two issues: Depletion of...

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The Oncofertility Consortium was developed with the insight that a multidimensional approach would be required to solve the intractable problem of fertility loss in young cancer patients. By bringing together individuals with diverse backgrounds in basic science, the humanities and the social...

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On May 16th, Richard Anderson, PhD, MD will be delivering an Oncofertility Virtual Grand Rounds entitled, “Female Fertility Preservation in Practice: Where We Are, and How We Got Here.” Dr. Anderson is a consultant at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and a Professor of Clinical Reproductive Science...

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As you’ve seen in previous blog posts, we’ve discussed the religious implications of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) in certain faiths and challenged ourselves to rethink oncofertility in the context of religious traditions. Through analysis and close examination, we can often discuss the...

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Addressing fertility preservation with a newly diagnosed cancer patient may seem like a daunting task for a healthcare provider, but studies show that cancer survivors who did not learn about fertility preservation options were more likely to feel distressed by this, impacting their quality of life...

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A rapidly expanding body of research indicates that many reproductive health problems and cancers may be caused by exposure to chemicals that are widely dispersed in our environment and which we come into contact on a daily basis. These problems include infertility and cancers of reproductive...

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Planning to start a family can be an exciting and exhilarating time. Oftentimes people discuss issues along the lines of finances, space, school districts, career trajectory, etc… The logistics that will have an impact on whether or not you are ready for this next step and/or what you need to do to...

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