Writing for parenting.com, 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 discussed from a clinician's point of view: is it ok to halt cancer treatment for the duration or remainder of a pregnancy? How do the patient and clinician come to the right decision on this topic? I think we will all be happy to read that Erin's team of doctors included endocrinologists, fertility specialists, and oncologists, and Erin herself says that her doctor's support was instrumental in her decision to continue her pregnancy. I highly encourage you to read Erin's story; it very nicely outlines many of the issues that the Oncofertility Consortium was designed to address.
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...
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.
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...
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!
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