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Last week, while we at the Oncofertility Consortium were preparing for our annual conference, some aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as the health care reform bill, took effect. Some of these changes particularly affect young people and those dealing with...

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The fourth annual gathering of oncofertility specialists occurred this week at Northwestern University’s Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago, IL. More than 150 people from 24 states across the US and three countries joined in on two days of talks and workshops. The events ranged from seminars on ...

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In 2010, the American Cancer Society estimates that more than 135,000 people under age 45 will be diagnosed with cancer. Though cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation, can destroy fertility, medical treatments can prevent fertility loss for many people. The Oncofertility...

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As many of you know, the annual Oncofertility Consortium Conference: Big Ideas and Training the Next Generation is coming up in just a few short weeks. The meeting will highlight recent advances at the intersection of cancer and reproduction. This information will cover a diverse range of topic,...

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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 genes, BRCA1 or BRCA2, who undergo preventive surgeries are at decreased risk for cancer and have lower mortality rates than women who chose not to undergo surgery....

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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. Within science, it incorporates researchers from departments as different as physics,...

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We have previously blogged about some of the insurance issues that cancer patients deal with when considering fertility preservation. Many cancer patients and cancer survivors already also come across complications when becoming full-time college students. The Medical Insurance Blog recently...

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In previous blogs, we discuss some of the currently available techniques in oncofertility, including sperm banking for men and ovarian tissue cryopreservation (OTC) for women. As one of the newer techniques, OTC allows women to have their ovaries removed, cryopreserved, and then reimplanted later....

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Every year, more than 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer. In 2001, 25-year old Tamika Felder was one of those women.

Tamika successfully beat the cancer with the help of her doctors and friends but wanted to help other women who were in her situation. Shortly...

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In preparing for fertility preservation, cancer fighters may worry about the risks of fertility preservation on the health of their future children. Fertility techniques, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), produced more than a million babies over the past 30 years. As such, it is important to...

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Poor cell phones. Having been blamed for everything from plane crashes to malfunctioning hospital equipment and exploding gas stations, it is a surprise that people still use them. Of special interest to the Oncofertility Consortium, cell phones have also been held responsible for causing cancer...

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This week we will explore some common and not-so-common misconceptions in fertility, cancer, and oncofertility.

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Mythbuster: The Day “The Rabbit Died”
Nope, this is not a new rendition of “Bye-bye, miss American pie” by Don McLean. “The Rabbit Died” used to be a common phrase...

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Advances in oncofertility can help preserve the fertility of many cancer patients but women who receive cancer treatment to the pelvis, including radiation and surgery, may lose the ability to carry a child to term. A few weeks ago, we also discussed how radiation to the ovaries and uterus can...

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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 healthy embryo. It’s a particularly critical question for fertility doctors deciding which...

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The H Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises money to further the fight against cancer. According to Director Julie Jandris, the foundation was started when two Chicago-based entrepreneurs both had “employees pass away from cancer within one month of each other.” A group of community...

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The Oncofertility Saturday Academy is an educational program for young high school women to learn about the science behind cancer and fertility. After beginning in Chicago in 2007, educators at the Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering (BE WiSE) program started a San Diego-based...

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The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, in Boston, Massachusetts uses MyOncofertility.org to explain reproductive options to their patients. The Survivorship Program at Dana-Farber is developing online tools to discuss the fertility concerns that men and women face when being treated for cancer. In order...

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Jonny Imerman is a two-time testicular cancer survivor and founder of the cancer advocacy group, Imerman Angels, which connects cancer patients and their caregivers with the one-on-one support of cancer survivors. Last Friday, Jonny visited the Oncofertility Consortium and discussed his motivation...

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More than two years ago, Kara DeFrias began a blog about her journey to conceive a child. Over two years, this journey was unsuccessful. In the attempt to determine the cause of her infertility, doctors discovered that Kara had uterine cancer in February of 2010, at age 34. The cancer was still...

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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 mutations within male sperm or female eggs may cause pregnancies to result in miscarriages, stillbirths, or...

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