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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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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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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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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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