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New study: Young female hematologic cancer survivors have increased infertility risk

Author image - Lauren Ataman-Millhouse By: Lauren Ataman-Millhouse -
Categories: Blog, Cancer, Global Partner, In the news, Meetings, Oncofertility, Research
A new population-based study from Ontario, Canada revealed at ASRM found that young women who were survivors of hematologic cancer were more likely to have a diagnosis of infertility than cancer-free women. Click here to read about this important study in its entirety. 
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Stupid Cancer: Evening Panel Discussion

Author image - Leah Bressler By: Leah Bressler -
Categories: Advocate, Blog, Cancer, children, Conferences, ethics, Fertility Preservation, National Physicians Cooperative, Oncofertility, Patient Stories
Thank you to Matthew Zachary, Founder and CEO of Stupid Cancer, and to the patients and families who shared their journeys with us today. Stupid Cancer is a non-profit organization that utilizes evidence-based programs and services to optimize awareness, outreach and support in young adult cancer survivors. We…
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Dr. Hayes-Lattin: Insurance Coverage for Fertility Preservation

Author image - Leah Bressler By: Leah Bressler -
Categories: Advocate, Blog, Cancer, children, Conferences, ethics, Fertility Preservation, General, In the news, National Physicians Cooperative, Oncofertility
Dr. Hayes-Lattin gave a stimulating lecture on the status of insurance coverage for fertility preservation and what we can do as healthcare providers, researchers and advocates to allow our patients to receive oncofertility coverage. Up to 60% of cancer survivors are at risk for iatrogenic infertility…
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Survivorship and Psychosocial Issues Panel

Author image - Leah Bressler By: Leah Bressler -
Categories: Blog, Cancer, Conferences, Fertility Preservation, Oncofertility
        Drs. Didwania, Reichek and Victorson and RNs Karen Kinahan and Karin Danner-Koptik brought unique perspectives to this afternoon’s panel discussion on psychosocial issues among cancer survivors. They engaged us in a stimulating conversation about the numerous and varied psychosocial and quality of life issues…
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Sponsor Highlight: Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center

Author image - Brigid Martz Smith By: Brigid Martz Smith -
Categories: Blog, Cancer, Conferences, Oncofertility
The Oncofertility Consortium is so lucky to have the support of a number of sponsors for our upcoming Oncofertility Conference, Critical Conversations in Oncofertility: Pediatrics and Beyond. Today, we’d like to highlight the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center for their generous sponsorship.  The funds provided by the…
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Oncofertility in the news!

Author image - Brigid Martz Smith By: Brigid Martz Smith -
Categories: Blog, Cancer, children, Fertility Preservation, In the news, National Physicians Cooperative, Oncofertility, Patient Stories
The Chicago Tribune recently published an article, Kids with Cancer get Futuristic Chance at Saving Fertility, describing the role of ovarian and testicular freezing in saving future fertility for pediatric cancer patients.  The article highlighted patient and parent stories from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in…
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Oncofertility Patient Education

By: Allison Goetsch -
Categories: Blog, Communication, Education, Fertility Preservation, Oncofertility
A variety of patient education materials have been created for providers to use in the oncofertility care setting- materials that describe fertility preservation options in easy-to-understand language and have been designed in multiple platforms ranging from informational fact sheets to internet videos. The Oncofertility Consortium…
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Oncofertility Clinical Guidelines, Recommendations, & Opinions

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Categories: Blog, Cancer, Communication, Education, Fertility Preservation, Oncofertility, science
Need to stay up to date on the latest clinical guidelines, recommendations, and opinions? Our Oncofertility Decision Tool Web Portal has an entire section devoted to bringing you ALL of the clinical guidelines affecting fertility preservation and oncology care.  We designed it this way so…
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Oncofertility Decision-Making Publications

By: Allison Goetsch -
Categories: Blog, Cancer, children, Communication, Education, ethics, Fertility Preservation, General, Oncofertility
Yesterday we announced our NEW Oncofertility Decision Tool Web Portal. This online portal serves as a one-stop-shop for health care providers in need of tools to facilitate fertility preservation conversations with their patients whose disease, or its treatment, threatens fertility. In addition to decision tools…
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Stupid Cancer Chicago Meet-up: June 25th

Author image - Brigid Martz Smith By: Brigid Martz Smith -
Categories: Advocate, Blog, Cancer, General, Patient Stories
UPDATE: NEW VENUE INFORMATION BELOW! The Oncofertility Consortium is pleased to spread the word about an upcoming Stupid Cancer Meet-up with founder and CEO (and a wonderful friend of the Oncofertility Consortium), Matthew Zachary.  Mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 25th – read more below! Wednesday…
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We need your votes!

Author image - Brigid Martz Smith By: Brigid Martz Smith -
Categories: Blog, Cancer, Communication, Education, Fertility Preservation, General, Oncofertility Saturday Academy, Patient Stories, science
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is hosting  a contest for songs and videos demonstrating the cutting edge science funded by the office of the director.  The Oncofertility Consortium has two videos in the running and we’d love your support!   To vote for our…
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Examining Information Processing

Author image - Brigid Martz Smith By: Brigid Martz Smith -
Categories: Blog, Education, Oncofertility, Research, science
The Oncofertility Consortium is pleased to welcome Dr. Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron as a guest blogger today. This is a blog post based on the article, Toward theoretical understanding of the fertility preservation decision-making process: examining information processing among young women with cancer by authors P.E. Hershberger, L. Finnegan,…
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Insurance Coverage for Fertility Preservation

Author image - Brigid Martz Smith By: Brigid Martz Smith -
Categories: Advocate, Blog, Cancer, Communication, fertility, Fertility Preservation, General, Oncofertility
Chapter 14 of Oncofertility Communication: Sharing Information and Building Relationships across Disciplines addresses an extremely important issue in healthcare, insurance coverage.  The authors, Dr. Laxmi Kondapalli and Alice Crisci, wrote Incorporating Insurance Education into the Fertility Preservation Process to outline strategies that may facilitate access…
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AYA Twitter Chat TODAY 12:30pm CST (#YACancer)

Author image - Brigid Martz Smith By: Brigid Martz Smith -
Categories: Advocate, Blog, Cancer, Fertility Preservation, General, Oncofertility, Patient Stories
Recently, Mashable featured Jenna Benn in a wonderful article: Wedding, Career, Chemo: When Cancer Derails the Millennial Dream.  Jenna Benn is a patient of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at and a wonderful friend and supporter of the Oncofertility Consortium. Due to the…
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The Rest is History

Author image - Brigid Martz Smith By: Brigid Martz Smith -
Categories: Blog, Cancer, children, fertility, Fertility Preservation, General, Oncofertility, Patient Stories
Today, we are honored to have another patient guest blogger; long-term survivor Colleen Cira.  Read through her incredible story below and join the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center this evening, March 25, from 5-8pm for “Drinks with Docs (& Healthcare Providers)” at Bridge House…
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Perspectives on Fertility

Author image - Brigid Martz Smith By: Brigid Martz Smith -
Categories: Blog, Cancer, children, Communication, Education, Fertility Preservation, General, Oncofertility
Oncofertility Communication: Sharing Information and Building Relationships across Disciplines devoted an entire chapter to the communication strategies and issues faced by oncology providers.  Chapter 10 is entitled Fertility Communication to Cancer Patients: A Hematologist-Oncologist’s Perspective and is authored by Sara Barnato Giordano.  As cancer treatments…
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Virtual Grand Rounds on February 13, 2014

Author image - Brigid Martz Smith By: Brigid Martz Smith -
Categories: Blog, Cancer, CME, Education, General, Virtual Grand Rounds
JOIN US!  This Thursday, February 13th at 10am Central Time, the Oncofertility Consortium is proud to host our next Virtual Grand Rounds.  This presentation will be given by Dr. Robert E. Branningan and focus on Fertility Preservation in the Male: Optimizing the Delivery of Care.  Dr.
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Communication Disparities

Author image - Brigid Martz Smith By: Brigid Martz Smith -
Categories: Blog, Cancer, children, Education, ethics, fertility, Fertility Preservation, General, Oncofertility
The next chapter in Oncofertility Communication: Sharing Information and Building Relationships across Disciplines addresses Disparities in Adolescent Patient-Provider Communication Regarding Fertility.  The authors, Amanda B. Fuchs and Dr. Robert E. Brannigan, provide detailed information regarding the disparities between providers and their adolescent patients even though…
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2014 World Cancer Day

Author image - Brigid Martz Smith By: Brigid Martz Smith -
Categories: Advocate, Blog, Cancer, Education, Fertility Preservation, General, In the news, Research, science
If you’re not already aware, today is World Cancer Day.  World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration which calls upon government leaders and health policy-makers to significantly reduce the global…
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Communicating Oncofertility to Children

Author image - Brigid Martz Smith By: Brigid Martz Smith -
Categories: Blog, Cancer, children, Education, General, Research
We’re jumping back into the chapter reviews of Oncofertility Communication: Sharing Information and Building Relationships across Disciplines.  Today, we’re reviewing Chapter 8, Communicating Oncofertility to Children: A Developmental Perspective for Teaching Health Messages by Dr. Ellen Wartella, Dr. Alexis Lauricella and Lisa Hurwitz.  Communicating health…
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Focus on Family

Author image - Brigid Martz Smith By: Brigid Martz Smith -
Categories: Blog, Cancer, General
Below is a guest post from Luke Tripodi on the importance of family during his cancer journey.  We thank him for taking the time to guest post and wish him continued health! By Luke Tripodi My story starts off the same way so many others’…
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Learning to Bridge the Information Gap

Author image - Brigid Martz Smith By: Brigid Martz Smith -
Categories: Blog, Cancer, fertility, Fertility Preservation, General, Oncofertility
Information gaps are widely apparent in patient-physician relationships due to a multitude of factors.  Some patients are not interested or emotionally able to process information provided by the physician while certain physicians may not be comfortable discussing various options with their patients or feel that…
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Communicating Fertility to High-Risk Patients

Author image - Brigid Martz Smith By: Brigid Martz Smith -
Categories: Blog, Cancer, fertility, Fertility Preservation, General, Oncofertility, Research
Women who have a high risk of breast or ovarian cancer face a number of looming decisions; from whether or not to undergo prophylactic surgery, to electing increased surveillance, to taking risk-lowering medication.  Interwoven with these decisions is the implication each will have on fertility.…
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