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On June 5th, the 18th Annual Cancer Survivors Celebration & Walk is taking place in Chicago, IL, at Grant Park. This leisurely, non-competitive 4 mile walk is a family-focused, community awareness event dedicated to bringing together cancer survivors, friends and family, and all those who have been...

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The website, Get Inside Health: Your Exclusive Guide to Health and Well-Being, recently conducted an interview with Oncofertility Consortium member Gwendolyn Quinn, PhD, entitled “Preserving Fertility in Cancer Patients: Two Views.”  Dr. Quinn is a researcher at the Moffit Cancer Center and...

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One of my favorite things about working in the cancer community is meeting young adult cancer survivors. I have never met such an energetic group of people who deal with a life-threatening disease, beat that disease, and are committed to preventing other people from going through similar suffering...

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The medical community has known for a very long time that chemotherapy is disruptive to reproductive function and that young women undergoing chemotherapy have a greater chance of entering early menopause. In the 1970s, two articles were published acknowledging these two issues: Depletion of...

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The Oncofertility Consortium was developed with the insight that a multidimensional approach would be required to solve the intractable problem of fertility loss in young cancer patients. By bringing together individuals with diverse backgrounds in basic science, the humanities and the social...

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On May 16th, Richard Anderson, PhD, MD will be delivering an Oncofertility Virtual Grand Rounds entitled, “Female Fertility Preservation in Practice: Where We Are, and How We Got Here.” Dr. Anderson is a consultant at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and a Professor of Clinical Reproductive Science...

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As you’ve seen in previous blog posts, we’ve discussed the religious implications of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) in certain faiths and challenged ourselves to rethink oncofertility in the context of religious traditions. Through analysis and close examination, we can often discuss the...

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Addressing fertility preservation with a newly diagnosed cancer patient may seem like a daunting task for a healthcare provider, but studies show that cancer survivors who did not learn about fertility preservation options were more likely to feel distressed by this, impacting their quality of life...

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A rapidly expanding body of research indicates that many reproductive health problems and cancers may be caused by exposure to chemicals that are widely dispersed in our environment and which we come into contact on a daily basis. These problems include infertility and cancers of reproductive...

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Planning to start a family can be an exciting and exhilarating time. Oftentimes people discuss issues along the lines of finances, space, school districts, career trajectory, etc… The logistics that will have an impact on whether or not you are ready for this next step and/or what you need to do to...

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Preparing to parent after cancer treatment can be both an exciting and a terrifying journey depending on what your experience with cancer was and what your current parenting options are.  A recent podcast entitled “Adoption or Infertility Treatment after Cancer,” broadcast by Creating a Family, a...

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Young cancer patients who choose fertility preservation in the midst of a cancer diagnosis reveal their belief in a future for themselves and in their body’s ability to create life even when faced with death. Oncofertility technologies offer possibilities to cancer patients asking them to...

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Many young cancer patients prior to treatment undergo fertility preservation applications that utilize cryopreservation techniques such as egg banking, embryo banking and sperm banking. On July 24th – 27th, the 48th Annual Meeting for the Society of Cryobiology will be held at the LaSells Stewart...

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Cancer is a disease that touches many people’s lives both directly and indirectly thereby creating a need for community based cancer support organizations. One such organization, Gilda’s Club, opened their signature Red Door in 1995 and since then, has been fostering a community of free support for...

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Fertility preservation for men is a usually a relatively straightforward process involving the collection of a sperm sample and cryopreserving it for later use. While this procedure works for many individuals, it isn’t an option for everyone, including boys who are too young to produce sperm or...

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Comprehensive cancer care employs an interdisciplinary approach to providing expert diagnosis, treatment, and support to individuals with cancer. A team of radiologists, surgeons, pathologists, oncologists, fertility specialists, social workers, psychiatrists, support groups and other health care...

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Cancer patients and their loved ones must make an incredible number of important decisions upon diagnosis. It’s a time of extreme stress and emotions run high. Not only do they have to absorb the shock of a cancer diagnosis, they also have to navigate through the world of treatment options. Since...

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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 banking of their eggs or fertilized embryos. Unfortunately, women who choose these...

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In 1998, the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University assembled a group of nurses and other oncology experts together for an inaugural oncology nursing conference. Every year since, this successful conference has highlighted emerging topics to oncology nurses from...

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Day 2 with our embedded journalist.

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By Kirsten Tellam

I was really excited for my day at the oncofertility lab today-- I actually got my hands in a pair of gloves and did some work!

First it was time for follicle isolation. Ovaries are composed of follicles, or aggregates of cells that...

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