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This is the second of a series of blogs that Medill journalism students are writing about their perspectives on oncofertility. Read the first blog by Zara Husaini.

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By Christi Sodano-

A pioneer in the world of fertility preservation for young cancer patients, Dr. Teresa...

Oncofertility Consortium

The Oncofertility Consortium recently hosted a group of masters students from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Over the next few weeks, they will be contributing their perspectives to the Oncofertility Blog. Here is one of their stories.

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By Zara Husaini-...

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A recent study in Nature Medicine indicates that the human ovary contains rare cells that have the developmental capacity to form immature eggs, called oocytes, in adulthood. The research, by White, Woods, Takai, Ishihara, Seki, and Tilly, suggests that oocyte precursors may exist in the adult...

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Those of you in the cancer community may have heard the name Jill Costello before. We first learned about her through her best friend and cancer advocate, Darby Anderson, on an impromptu visit to the Oncofertility Consortium. Jill has been featured on ESPN, written about in Sports Illustrated,...

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A few weeks ago we wrote a blog post on the upcoming Supreme Court case that addresses whether a child conceived after the death of a biological parent, such as one who underwent fertility preservation, is eligible for survivor benefits through the Social Security Administration. Though a handful...

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In case you haven’t heard about the Cancer Smashers, you must continue reading and get to know this fantastic group of young people banning together to raise money to eradicate cancer. Let me begin by telling you who they are and what they’re all about. Then we’ll get into all the cool things that...

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This March, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about its first case on oncofertility. The case involves the Capato couple, a husband and wife from Florida who dealt with Mr. Capato’s diagnosis of esophageal cancer.  Prior to beginning cancer treatment, the Capato’s learned...

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A few days ago, we posted a blog about Giuliana Rancic’s personal experiences this year, first with infertility treatments, and then with a breast cancer diagnosis. Her story caused people to ask if her infertility treatments were related to her breast cancer diagnosis. Simultaneously, this fall, a...

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Our undergraduate oncofertility reporter, Meredith Wise, brings us the first of two blogs on Giuliana Rancic and her current experiences with infertility and breast cancer. Mrs. Rancic is using her celebrity to educate the world on these important issues, which gives us all something to reflect...

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A recent blog post in the academic journal, Nature, explores a new report by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics (an organization in England that examines and reports on ethical issues in biology and medicine), suggesting that women who donate their unfertilized eggs to research deserve to be...

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Recently there has been a lot of attention brought to the concept of collaboration in academia, specifically in the sciences. Gone are the days (at least in our niche) where disciplines drew a dividing line in the sand – scientists keep to one side of the room, humanities, you go play in the other...

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Maggie Daley (center front) with Mayor Richard M. Daley, Ann Lurie, a Northwestern trustee and philanthropist, and Steve Rosen, M.D., director of the Lurie Cancer Center and of Cancer Programs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Photo by Nathan Mandell

The recent passing of Maggie Daley, wife of...

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I’m excited to be writing about the second issue of the Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (JAYAO) , the first cancer journal of it’s kind. This second issue is no small feat - many journals come and go and it takes a dedicated editorial staff and readership to keep the ship afloat....

Oncofertility Consortium

The Oncofertility Saturday Academy, a national program to educate high school students originated at the Women's Health Science Program, which just received a Presidential Award for excellence in mentoring. Here are the details!

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Latina and African American high-school girls...

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Earlier this year, I blogged about a young woman and volunteer with Bright Pink, Kristin Nelson, who had preventative ovarian removal after she tested positive for BRCA1. BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are a class of genes otherwise known as tumor suppressors, and a mutation of these genes has been linked...

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November is all about “Movember” for those in the know. If you’ve never heard this term before, it’s about time we caught you up. Every year in November, Movember is the reason you see thousands of newly mustachioed men throughout the US and around the world. With their new “Mo’s,” these men raise...

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The Cancer Support Community (CSC) was formed in 2009 by the the Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club.  Together, they offer both psychological and social support to individuals living with cancer.  CSC is committed to behavioral, psychosocial and survivorship research and training in an effort to...

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Cancer and Careers is an organization dedicated to empowering and educating people with cancer to thrive in their workplace by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events. Through their comprehensive website, free publications, career coaching, and a series of support groups...

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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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