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In 2007, the first book about Oncofertility discussed many of the scientific and medical advances available to cancer patients wishing to preserve their fertility. Collaborators at the Oncofertility Consortium now examine the humanities and social science aspects of the field in the book ...

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I read an article last week and just can’t stop thinking about it. The article, posted in the New England Journal of Medicine, is a case study of a patient at Massachusetts General Hospital. Briefly, the case study tells the story of a woman who suffered a blood clot that traveled to the lungs and...

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Patients with cancer and those in need in of stem cell treatments often risk losing their fertility in exchange for a clean bill of health. Fertility preservation options give these patients the ability to have children. Additional patients, such as those with autoimmune diseases, can also benefit...

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This past Monday, Sarah Halberstadt, the National Program Manager for the group Bright Pink came to visit us at the Oncofertility Consortium. Bright Pink is a not-for-profit organization that educates and supports young women who are at high-risk for breast and ovarian cancer. The members of Bright...

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The links between breast cancer and genetics are well established. However, it is not know exactly what makes some women more likely than others to lose their fertility after cancer treatment. We recently wrote a blog post on the correlation between amenorrhea, the absence of a menstrual period,...

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Receiving a cancer diagnosis is traumatizing. Your doctor runs some tests, possibly sends you to a specialist, and then tells you the bad news. Within a few days, you must process this life-changing information, decide on and receive fertility preservation, and start cancer therapy. But what...

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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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