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Several of our recent blog posts have discussed fertility preservation in females, so we’d like to take a little time to shine a light on some interesting oncofertility research focused on males. The Oncofertility Consortium is committed to exploring the reproductive future of all young cancer...

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By Cathryn Smeyers

A recent article in the December issue American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, entitled “Fertility preservation in women of reproductive age with cancer provides a comprehensive overview of the current options for fertility preservation in women with cancer. The authors...

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According to the American Cancer Society, there are now more than 13.7 million cancer survivors in the United States. That number is expected to grow to nearly 18 million by 2022. After decades of focusing on treating cancer, we now face the challenge of helping survivors achieve a good quality of...

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The Oncofertility Consortium was established in 2007,the same year Stupid Cancer was created (formerly know as I'm Too Young For This!), the nations largest support community for the young adult cancer movement. Since then, we have been proud supporters of this group which gives a powerful voice to...

Oncofertility Consortium

By Cathryn Smeyers

When female childhood cancer survivors grow up, are they more likely to experience an earlier onset of menopause?  If so, what are the risk factors associated with early menopause?  These were the questions asked by researchers at the French public hospital organization (AP-HP),...

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This Thursday, the Oncofertility Consortium is happy to host a Virtual Grand Rounds with two clinician-researchers from the Chicago area, Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron, MD, and Mary Ellen Pavone, MD. Drs. Hirshfeld-Cytron and Pavone are both Assistant Professors in the departments of Obstetrics and...

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There are more than 400,000 female cancer survivors below age 40 in the United States today, due primarily to the relatively large number of young women who are diagnosed with, and beat, breast cancer. Approximately 70% of breast cancers are identified as estrogen receptor-positive (ER-positive),...

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Oncofertility is an interdisciplinary field at the intersection of oncology and reproductive science. While those two fields make up the breadth of this discipline, it only touches the surface of what future clinicians need in their academic repertoire to successfully navigate this field.  In “...

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The emerging field of oncofertility gives rise to many ethical questions, particularly those focusing on who is offered fertility preservation, how it’s paid for, and what’s done with the reproductive material (eggs, embryos, sperm) after retrieval. These are the most common ethical issues...

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The month of November kicks off the sixth annual Movember fundraising campaign to raise vital awareness and funds for men's health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.  Every November, men are encouraged to grow out their moustaches for the entire month in support of...

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This weekend kicks off the 68th annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) in San Diego, CA and runs through October 24th.  ASRM was founded in 1944 by a small group of fertility experts in Chicago and since then, distinguished members of ASRM have led the development...

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I just returned from the annual Oncofertility Consortium Conference and one of the ethical topics that came up was the possibility of disputes over frozen reproductive materials. Before undergoing life-saving cancer treatment, people may opt to freeze gametes, gonadal tissue, or embryos in order to...

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More and more healthcare organizations, hospitals, and clinics are interested in learning about fertility preservation and how exactly an oncofertility program is developed. The Oncofertility Consortium holds a 1-day course entitled, Clinic 101, to teach health care providers the necessary steps...

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Countries around the globe have started celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with 31 days spotlighting prevention, education, and finding a cure. While most people are aware of breast...

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Yesterday we posted a blog about the 36th annual APHON (Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses) Conference being held right now in Pittsburgh, PA.  It’s an exciting time for us because not only do we have a member of the Oncofertility Consortium presenting on fertility perseveration at...

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Today marks the start of the 36th annual APHON (Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses) Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. The conference is designed for pediatric and adolescent and young adult (AYA) hematology/oncology nurses and allied healthcare professionals who wish to explore ways to...

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For those of you who don't know, the 2012 Oncofertility Conference: Dialogues in Oncofertility,  is taking place as we speak in Chicago, IL. We understand that not everyone can come to us, so we want to bring the Oncofertility Conference to you. Please visit our conference home page, and watch a...

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The Oncofertility Consortium often partners with Stupid Cancer, a non-profit organization that empowers young adults affected by cancer through innovative programs and services, to ensure that the needs of the adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer community are prevalent in the scientific...

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The Northwestern Community (university, hospital, faculty foundation, etc.) is extremely comprehensive, and offers so much in the realm of cancer care. We like to think that we're a one stop shop for anyone dealing with a cancer diagnosis - taking care of patients' physical, mental, and emotional...

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One of my favorite things about working at Northwestern University is access to the Women's Health Research Monthly Forums, introduced by the Institute for Women’s Health Research in 2008.  The monthly forums were developed to address a significant barrier to advancing women’s health research: lack...

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