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The mission of the Oncofertility Consortium is to advance and promote fertility preservation options for cancer patients. However, treatments for diseases besides cancer can also cause infertility. In particular, patients who undergo stem cell transplants can lose reproductive abilities from their...

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An international collaboration between cancer organizations is launching the International Charter of Rights for Young People with Cancer. This group is leveraging their influence to improve cancer diagnosis and treatment for young people. The Huffington Post recently posted an article on the...

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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 sexuality...

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Over the past decades, advances in fertility, such as in vitro fertilization, also increased reproductive options for female cancer patients. Prior tobeginning chemotherapy and radiation, patients can now freeze down their eggs or embryos to be used after beating the cancer. Unfortunately, these...

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In 1990, Mary-Claire King, PhD made a groundbreaking discovery: she identified a gene that was similar in people with inherited forms of breast cancer. She identified this gene by examining families with rare forms of breast cancer, such as those occurring early in life, in both breasts, or among...

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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 and...

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We posted last week on the Cancer Rights Conference in Chicago, Illinois hosted by the Disability Legal Resource Center. The health care reform bill was one of the most discussed topics at the conference. Formally called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the bill instates changes in...

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Yesterday, we posted a blog on the I’m Too Young for This! Cancer Foundation. The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University and I’m Too Young for This! joined forces with 140 other organizations in 2006 to develop a national agenda for adolescent/young adults (AYA)...

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In 1995, Matthew Zachary was a typical, yet talented, college student attending Binghamton University in upstate New York. While studying to become a music composer, Zachary was diagnosed with a brain cancer called medulloblastoma. After successfully fighting the cancer, Zachary founded I’m Too...

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A few days ago, I posted a blog on the history and techniques of sperm banking. But what happens to the children born from this method? No studies currently examine the mental health of sperm banked offspring who were raised by their biological fathers. Instead, studies look at children who are...

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While much time and energy is spent investigating new techniques in female fertility preservation, the male side of things does not receive much attention. This is primarily because there is one quick and easy way for men to preempt medically induced infertility, that is, sperm banking. This common...

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The Cancer Legal Resource Center is a national program that provides information to cancer patients and professionals. This past Friday, the organization held a conference in Chicago, IL to discuss recent advances in cancer rights and treatments. Patients, providers, and advocates from more than 12...

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A recent article from Oncofertility Consortium members Susan Barrett, Lonnie Shea, and Teresa Woodruff, shows that human follicles, which are immature eggs, can be frozen and thawed safely. This breakthrough may give cancer survivors a greater chance at having children. While cancer treatments,...

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The FDA recently changed its stance on genetic testing that individuals can carry out in their own homes. People who want these genetics tests send DNA samples through “spit kits” to the laboratories that provide such services. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not previously regulate in-...

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On Sunday, June 6, Northwestern University held it’s 17th Annual Cancer Survivor’s Walk. More than 3,500 cancer survivors and their families participated in the four-mile walk, which was hosted by the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. The event gave the group a chance to mingle and...

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In 2007, the Women’s Health Science Program developed a series of classes to give 16 high school students a chance to experience cutting-edge scientific research at Northwestern University. The program, called the Oncofertility Saturday Academy (OSA), is designed to “connect students to what’s...

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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 Bureau from 1990 and 2008, the “The New Demography of American Motherhood” noted several...

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On Sunday May 24, Dr. Woodruff travels to New York to address the 3rd Annual OMG! Cancer Summit.  The Summit, held in partnership between the I'm Too Young For This Foundation and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, is a major international oncology conference and social networking event for young...

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Infertility, the inability to have children, should be a concern to men and women of childbearing age undergoing treatment for their cancer.   Treatments like chemotherapy, radiation and surgery can all impact your fertility.

Chemotherapy, while extremely effective at treating cancer, can cause...

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In an effort to continue its goal of helping communities foster an environment that encourages children to pursue careers in the sciences, the Oncofertility Consortium and Woodruff Lab celebrated National Lab Day today by opening its doors to students from all over Chicago.  Students were given a...

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