Developing fertility preservation technologies have a direct effect on cancer patient's experiences when facing potential infertility or sterility. Social scientists have been involved with the Oncofertility Consortium since its inception, providing parallel scholarhip to accompany scientific and technological developments and proving an integral part of the Oncofertility Consortium team. The Oncofertility Consortium is dedicated to understanding how technological developments will translate into clinical practices, and supports a number of social science research initiatives that explore the various aspects of this transition.
The Oncofertility Consortium recognizes that society is always in flux, and thus understands that social science research is continually evolving. If you are a social science scholar interested in pursuing a novel research aim related to oncofertility, or have questions or comments about our existing research projects, please contact us
Oncofertility Consortium Social Science Projects
Our existing social science research efforts are diverse and innovative, providing a critical lens to examine oncofertility within the larger social context, and include:
- An economic investigation looking at willingness to pay for fertility preservation technologies in an overall attempt to gauge how fertility preservation technologies will be incorporated into the existing healthcare marketplace
- A communications study examining how families facing a child's cancer diagnosis decide whether or not to pursue fertility presrevation treatments and the role healthcare practitioners play in this decision
- A sociological study assessing how adult women diagnosed with cancer and their doctors discuss issues regarding fertility and make treatment choices, and how fertility impacts women's lives after cancer
The Oncofertility Consortium also hosts a monthly telephone conference for researchers and physicians to discuss the current and emerging issues associated with fertility preservation for pediatric and adolescent patients. If you would like to become involved with the Pediatric/Adolescent Task force, please contact us.
For a complete description of the social science projects currently supported by the Oncofertility Consortium please visit our Social Sciences, Humanities & Oncofertility page
Selected Oncofertility Publications