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Investigators at the Oncofertility Consortium recently published a discussion on historical perceptions of infertility in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship. The authors, Shauna Gardino, Sarah Rodriguez, PhD, and Lisa Campo-Engelstein, PhD, related this evidence to contemporary responses to real or...

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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 2006, the American Society of Clinical Oncology published recommendations that oncologists discuss fertility preservation with cancer patients. A recent survey, funded by the Oncofertility Consortium’s pilot grant program, investigated pediatric oncologists’ attitudes about fertility...

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In 1985, Maryland passed innovative legislation that required health insurance companies to cover the costs of fertility treatments. Since that time 15 U.S. states followed suit and now require insurance companies to cover the costs of egg retrieval, in vitro fertilization, and other infertility...

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Socio-economic status plays a profound effect on cancer diagnosis and survival rates. For example, breast cancer patients of low socio-economic status have significantly reduced survival rates compared to women from more privileged backgrounds. This increased mortality is partially caused by...

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As discussed in our blog last month, a Cancer Support Community (CSC) survey found that almost half of women with breast cancer did not receive information about breast reconstruction when reviewing treatment options. The outcome of this survey is shocking, especially given that due to the Women’s...

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Did you know that some breast cancer patients do not receive information about breast reconstruction options at the time of diagnosis?  The Cancer Support Community (CSC) issued a survey to 840 women with breast cancer from July 14 – August 20, 2010; of these women, 762 were eligible for breast...

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The Oncofertility Consortium finds new ways to prevent life-saving cancer treatments from destroying fertility through multiple avenues of scientific research. But this emerging field does not live in isolation and the consortium addresses larger issues in oncofertility through discussions with...

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The Nobel Prize committee announced today that the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is awarded to Dr. Robert Edwards for his role in developing human in vitro fertilization (IVF).

In the 1950s, a young Robert Edwards earned his Ph.D. by performing research on the reproductive physiology...

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

This week, The Washington Post shed light on a section of the health care reform law that directly impacts breast cancer research in young women in terms of desired outcomes and available funding.  Between 2010 and 2014, the law allocates 9 million dollars...

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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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A court ruling last week revived the long-running stem cell debate yet again. In 2001, President Bush allowed federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research on cell lines that were developed before 2001. After taking office, President Obama issued an executive order to remove such...

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Many people have never heard of the term parthenote, the byproduct of a process called parthenogenesis. Parthenogenesis occurs when an egg becomes activated and starts dividing without sperm. While parthenogenesis happens frequently in many plants and vertebrate animals,...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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