Candace Tingen

A very interesting article was recently published in the Journal of Oncology Practice entitled, "Addressing Fertility in Patients With Advanced Cancer: How the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Standards and ASCO Guidelines Facilitate Ethical Communication.1 " The full article can be downloaded ...


My article, “Including Fertility Preservation Treatment: Consistency and Fairness in Insurance Coverage for Iatrogenic Conditions Resulting from Cancer Treatment,” was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

In the article, I discuss how insurance companies currently...

Sarah B Rodriguez

Labeled on its cover as “the insider’s guide to cancer in your 20’s and 30’s,” Kairol Rosenthal’s recently published book Everything Changes explores what having cancer is like for young people. Through interviews with 25 young adults aged 20 to 39 with cancer who live across the United States,...

Candace Tingen

A group of surgeons and oncologists from Stanford University recently published a report that looked at the timing from initial cancer diagnoses to the beginning of surgery or chemotherapy in women who underwent fertility preservation (in the form of oocyte retrieval and cryopreservation, OR) and...

Candace Tingen

The most recent healthbeat from the US Department of Health and Human Services briefly discussed the topic of survivors of childhood cancer having children. The point made is that these patients had no increased risk of having children with birth defects, though they were at higher risks for having...

Francesca Duncan

Francesca Duncan, PhD


Applying emerging Assisted Reproductive Techonology (ART) procedures in an Oncology setting may help cancer survivors attain their desire to have a child spared of the very cancer that they themselves battled.  Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT) is a prenatal...

Candace Tingen

From the NCI Cancer bulletin (

Screenshot of 'Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer' Portal

Image: NCI

NCI has launched a new Web portal that provides a single access point to information for adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients aged 15 to 39. About 70,000 AYAs are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States.

Cancer is...


Tampa, FL (Oct. 9, 2009) —  Moffitt Cancer Center will celebrate the honor of being named a center of excellence by Fertile Hope from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Ted & Marty Couch Auditorium at the Vincent A. Stabile Research Building, 12902 Magnolia Drive.

Fertile Hope is a national nonprofit...

Susan Barrett

I recently ran across an article by Fiona Macrae written on October 29, 2009 from Mail Online entitled “No men OR women needed: Scientists create sperm and eggs from stem cells”. I proceeded to read this article before I read the actual scientific manuscript that it was based on; the article itself...

Oncofertility Consortium


Jessica Hornick


The Fall 2009 Oncofertility Consortium’s Virtual Grand Rounds hosted Dr. David Wildt of the Center for Species Survival at the Smithsonian National Zoo for his talk entitled “Sex, Wildlife and Intensive Management”.  Joining him in giving this seminar were...

Candace Tingen

Image: Travis Hugget for

Writing for, Erin Zammett Ruddy wrote an article1 today about her experiences of getting pregnant while being on Gleevac as a way to treat her chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). Her first hand account really sums up many of the choices we've...

Miranda Bernhardt

Mouse 2-cell embryo Photo: Miranda Bernhardt

The options available to couples facing infertility are increasing, whether or not a cancer diagnosis is involved.  Assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs), such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), are becoming more and more common, and millions of...

Oncofertility Consortium

Tyler Wellington


A few weeks ago world leaders came together for a meeting at the United Nations building in New York to discuss a whole host of issues facing the global community ranging from the proliferation of nuclear weapons to climate change.  While, weeks later, the conference...


Congratulations to Ariella Shikanov on receiving the IBNAM-Baxter Early Career Award.  She will investigate a combination of natural and synthetic hydrogels and drug delivery technology to maximize ovarian tissue transplantation.

The full story can be found here!

Candace Tingen

Next week, October 17, several of our Oncofertility Consortium members will be participating on a panel at the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities conference in Washington, DC. Their panel title is:  "From Lab To Bedside To Patient And Back Again: Gendered Responses To Questions About...


Oncofertility Summer Research Experience 2009

With support from the federal stimulus package Northwestern received from the National Cancer Institute, two teachers and two undergraduates gained hands-on experience in a working lab devoted to providing new fertility options for cancer patients!



The following articles in HemOnc Today and the UAB Reporter are good examples of the public awareness beginning to take shape around fertility preservation.  Take a moment to read the articles, and let us know what you think!

UAB Reporter Online: Fertility Hopes Don't Have to End for Cancer...

Oncofertility Consortium

Rachel Smith


The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) has just published a summary of the current oncofertility research in their e-Advances section titled “Building an Artificial Ovary – A New Tool for Understanding Reproductive Biology and Preserving...

Candace Tingen

HemOnc Today has published a nice article discussing what responsibility the oncologist has in informing the patient about his/her fertility risks and potential for preservation. The article cites the most recent American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO) meeting, which found that only...