Oncofertility Consortium

By Cathryn Smeyers

When female childhood cancer survivors grow up, are they more likely to experience an earlier onset of menopause?  If so, what are the risk factors associated with early menopause?  These were the questions asked by researchers at the French public hospital organization (AP-HP),...

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This Thursday, the Oncofertility Consortium is happy to host a Virtual Grand Rounds with two clinician-researchers from the Chicago area, Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron, MD, and Mary Ellen Pavone, MD. Drs. Hirshfeld-Cytron and Pavone are both Assistant Professors in the departments of Obstetrics and...

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There are more than 400,000 female cancer survivors below age 40 in the United States today, due primarily to the relatively large number of young women who are diagnosed with, and beat, breast cancer. Approximately 70% of breast cancers are identified as estrogen receptor-positive (ER-positive),...

Oncofertility Consortium

By Yogesh Makanji

In an Australian first, Monash IVF specialists reported achieving pregnancy in a 43-year-old woman after transplanting her cryopreserved ovarian tissue. Professor Gab Kovacs, Director of Monash IVF, Melbourne Australia, reported that his team had restored fertility in a woman by...

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Finding out your pregnant can be one of the happiest times in your life. Couple that with a cancer diagnosis and suddenly you’re not only concerned about your health, but that of the new life you are busy growing. Cancer during pregnancy is rare, occurring in approximately one out of every 1,000...

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The oncofertility community aims to educate both oncology and reproductive specialists throughout the United States and across the globe. Over the past five years, the Oncofertility Consortium has done this through an annual conference and monthly Virtual Grand Rounds. This year, we’ve gone one...

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Oncofertility is an interdisciplinary field at the intersection of oncology and reproductive science. While those two fields make up the breadth of this discipline, it only touches the surface of what future clinicians need in their academic repertoire to successfully navigate this field.  In “...

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The emerging field of oncofertility gives rise to many ethical questions, particularly those focusing on who is offered fertility preservation, how it’s paid for, and what’s done with the reproductive material (eggs, embryos, sperm) after retrieval. These are the most common ethical issues...

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The month of November kicks off the sixth annual Movember fundraising campaign to raise vital awareness and funds for men's health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.  Every November, men are encouraged to grow out their moustaches for the entire month in support of...

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Talking with teenagers about fertility can be awkward and uncomfortable. Talking with teenagers and their families about a cancer diagnosis is devastating. How do we do both at the same time and ensure that the importance of fertility preservation is understood in light of the traumatic timing?...

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We are happy to be hosting Helen Picton, BSc, PhD, FSB for her Virtual Grand Rounds presentation tomorrow, October 25th, 2012, at 10 AM Central Time, entitled, "From Basic Science to Clinical Application- the Facts and Future of Ovarian Cryopreservation for Fertility Preservation."  Dr. Picton's...

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This weekend kicks off the 68th annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) in San Diego, CA and runs through October 24th.  ASRM was founded in 1944 by a small group of fertility experts in Chicago and since then, distinguished members of ASRM have led the development...

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Oncofertility is a multidisciplinary field requiring experts from a variety of different backgrounds including endocrinology, oncology, bioethics, urology, etc., in order to provide fertility options to cancer patients.  In the oncofertility book series, each edition focuses on a specific component...

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I just returned from the annual Oncofertility Consortium Conference and one of the ethical topics that came up was the possibility of disputes over frozen reproductive materials. Before undergoing life-saving cancer treatment, people may opt to freeze gametes, gonadal tissue, or embryos in order to...

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More and more healthcare organizations, hospitals, and clinics are interested in learning about fertility preservation and how exactly an oncofertility program is developed. The Oncofertility Consortium holds a 1-day course entitled, Clinic 101, to teach health care providers the necessary steps...

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Countries around the globe have started celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with 31 days spotlighting prevention, education, and finding a cure. While most people are aware of breast...

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Tomorrow launches this year’s cadre of Virtual Grand Rounds for the Oncofertility Consortium. For those who are not aware of these special rounds, they are live videoconferences with experts in the fields of reproduction, cancer, and oncofertility. The rounds provide researchers, clinicians, and...

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Yesterday we posted a blog about the 36th annual APHON (Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses) Conference being held right now in Pittsburgh, PA.  It’s an exciting time for us because not only do we have a member of the Oncofertility Consortium presenting on fertility perseveration at...

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Today marks the start of the 36th annual APHON (Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses) Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. The conference is designed for pediatric and adolescent and young adult (AYA) hematology/oncology nurses and allied healthcare professionals who wish to explore ways to...

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