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Fertile Hope Names Moffitt Cancer Center a Center of Excellence

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 fertility organization providing resources and support for cancer patients. The Fertile Hope Center of Excellence Program is the first of its kind to address fertility preservation and parenthood options. It is designed to ensure that all age-appropriate cancer patients are informed of their fertility risks before treatment.

Moffitt is being honored for the information received by all patients on the issues of reproductive risks and fertility preservation options.

The celebratory event will feature expert speakers including CEO and Center Director William S. Dalton, Ph.D., M.D., and associate faculty member Gwendolyn P. Quinn, Ph.D.

Quinn will speak on behalf of Moffitt and the newly developed LIVESTRONG Fertility Advisory Committee. The Lance Armstrong Foundation and Fertile Hope united to develop the committee. Quinn has been appointed for a two-year term and will help guide the foundation on how to best meet the reproductive needs of those affected by cancer.

Quinn will discuss fertility and options for cancer patients. Other experts from Moffitt, Fertile Hope, the Lance Armstrong Foundation and USF IVF & Reproductive Endocrinology will share the latest information on cancer and fertility.

Patients, families, friends and medical staff are invited to celebrate the acceptance of the award and to hear the latest information on cancer and fertility.

Please R.S.V.P. by Oct. 20 at 1-888-MOFFITT.

To qualify as a Fertile Hope Center of Excellence, cancer centers must demonstrate that:

  • All individuals of reproductive age who are treated for cancer are given complete information, both verbally and in writing, about their reproductive risks and options for preserving fertility before cancer therapy, radiation, chemotherapy and surgery are initiated.
  • Educational resources are available for health care professionals, patients and survivors.
  • Referrals are provided to appropriate specialists for fertility preservation and parenthood after cancer.

About Fertile Hope
Fertile Hope is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility. In addition to robust programs in areas of awareness, education and support, Fertile Hope operates the only fertility preservation financial assistance program for cancer patients, including a program for men to help reduce the cost of sperm banking. For more information, to apply for financial assistance or to make a donation, please visit www.fertilehope.org or call (888) 994-HOPE.

About the Lance Armstrong Foundation
At the Lance Armstrong Foundation, we fight for the 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. There can be – and should be – life after cancer for more people. That’s why we kick in at the moment of diagnosis, giving people the resources and support they need to fight cancer head-on. We find innovative ways to raise awareness, fund research and end the stigma about cancer that many survivors face. We connect people and communities to drive social change, and we call for state, national and world leaders to help fight this disease. Anyone anywhere can join our fight against cancer. Join us at www.livestrong.org.

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center is an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center — a designation that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.
For the full story, and more on the Moffitt Cancer Center, visit this site.

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