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Investigators at the Oncofertility Consortium recently published a discussion on historical perceptions of infertility in the Journal of Cancer...

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A section of a baboon ovary from the Xu et al. paper

Many women who preserve their reproductive potential prior to fertility-threatening cancer treatments currently choose ovarian stimulation and subsequent...

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In 2006, the American Society of Clinical Oncology published recommendations that oncologists discuss fertility preservation with cancer patients. A recent survey, funded by the Oncofertility Consortium’s...

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In 1985, Maryland passed innovative legislation that required health insurance companies to cover the costs of fertility treatments. Since that time 15 U.S. states followed suit and now require insurance...

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Socio-economic status plays a profound effect on cancer diagnosis and survival rates. For example, breast cancer patients of low socio-economic status have significantly reduced survival rates compared to...

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As discussed in our blog last month, a Cancer Support Community (CSC) survey found that almost half of women with breast cancer did not receive information...

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Did you know that some breast cancer patients do not receive information about breast reconstruction options at the time of diagnosis?  The Cancer Support...

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The Oncofertility Consortium finds new ways to prevent life-saving cancer treatments from destroying fertility through multiple avenues of scientific research. But this emerging field does not live in isolation and the consortium addresses larger issues in oncofertility through discussions with...

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The Nobel Prize committee announced today that the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is awarded to Dr. Robert Edwards for his role in developing human ...

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

This week, The Washington Post...

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A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that women with the breast and ovarian cancer-associated...

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Many Americans have heard of the term “interdisciplinary research” but don’t really understand how that affects them on a daily basis. Interdisciplinary research crosses traditional professional boundaries...

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A court ruling last week revived the long-running stem cell debate yet again. In 2001, President Bush allowed federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research on cell lines that were developed before 2001. After taking office, President Obama issued an executive order to remove such...

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Many people have never heard of the term parthenote, the byproduct of a process called parthenogenesis. Parthenogenesis occurs when an egg becomes activated and starts...

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In previous blogs, we discuss some of the currently available techniques in oncofertility, including sperm banking for men and...

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Discovery about zinc’s role may help in future fertility treatments

By Marla Paul

CHICAGO --- Scientists as well as fertility doctors have long tried to figure out what makes a good egg that will produce a...

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Radiation therapy is a tried-and-true method for treating cancers. However, this treatment also causes tissue damage and DNA mutations to the patient. Damage to the sexual organs or DNA...

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The Oncofertility Consortium advances the reproductive future of cancer patients by maintaining their fertility. However, cancer patients and survivors can also suffer from sexual health problems independent from fertility.

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can significantly affect feelings of...

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A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine shed some light on the link between chemotherapy and loss of ovarian function. The treatment of cancers, while lifesaving, can cause infertility in both men and women. Cancer therapy reduces fertility by affecting the ovaries. Chemotherapy...

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On May 6, 2010, the Pew Research Center released a study on changes in the demographics of motherhood in the United States. Comparing data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Census...

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