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Today, we are honored to have another patient guest blogger; long-term survivor Colleen Cira.  Read through her incredible story below and join the...

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Today we welcome Dr. So-Youn Kim from Dr. Woodruff's Lab at Northwestern University as our guest blogger.  Dr. Kim will review a recent article published by...

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Oncofertility Communication: Sharing Information and Building Relationships across Disciplines devoted an entire chapter to the communication strategies and issues faced by oncology providers.  Chapter 10 is...

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If you're not already aware, today is World Cancer Day.  World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International...

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The Oncofertility Consortium is happy to welcome the Portuguese Center for Fertility Preservation as a Global Partner.  We currently work with reproductive specialists from all over the world in an effort to better serve children, adolescents and young adults with cancer and other fertility-...

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Information gaps are widely apparent in patient-physician relationships due to a multitude of factors.  Some patients are not interested or emotionally able to process information provided by the physician while...

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Women who have a high risk of breast or ovarian cancer face a number of looming decisions; from whether or not to undergo prophylactic surgery, to electing increased surveillance, to taking risk-lowering medication.  Interwoven with these decisions is the implication each will have on fertility...

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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...

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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...

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Here at the Oncofertility Consortium, we're huge fans - both personally and professionally - of Matthew Zachary, the force behind...

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Two ovarian follicles at different stages of maturation (primary on the left, secondary on the right).

Women with ovarian lesions, such as benign or malignant tumors, or those at...

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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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Oncofertility is a multidisciplinary field of experts coming together to provide fertility options to cancer patients.  The multidisciplinary nature of the field was on display during our 7th annual Oncofertility Conference in...

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Tomorrow, August 8th, we are excited to be hosting Angela Lawson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at ...

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By Jen Rachman

At age 26, I was living my life, self-sufficient, secure and independent. I took care of myself physically and emotionally. Life was nearly perfect, until the routine trip to the gynecologist that wound up saving my life.

When you hear the words, “you have cancer,”...

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Below is a guest post by Megan Castle, Program Coordinator for the Women's Health Research Institute at Northwestern University. 

By Megan Castle

Geneticists, researchers, and patients joined in celebration over last [month's] unanimous Supreme Court ruling involving the...

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On July 27th, 2013, the hugely popular Chicago SUP YACS Classic (Stand Up Paddleboard for Young Adult Cancer Survivors), is holding their second annual event on Chicago’s north side...

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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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