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The Woodruff Lab contributes to the Women’s Health Research Institute and Oncofertility Consortium blogs. Read the latest information disseminated from these blogs below:  

Patient Navigator, Kristin Smith, Delivers Excellent VGR Talk

At today's Virtual Grand Rounds, Oncofertility Patient Navigator, Kristin Smith, delivered an excellent talk about fertility preservation program development. Kristin discussed the role of the patient navaigator and explained how she guides patients through the fertility preservation process. She discussed how she handles referrals, how she processes intake forms, how she bills insurance, and most importantly, how she effectively communicates with patients. She also discussed strategies for implementing a fertility preservation program at other institutions, including what partnerships are needed to ensure a thriving practice. To view this outstanding talk in its entirety, click here.

Chile, the Newest Member of the Latin America Oncofertility Network, Receives Updates on Fertility Preservation Techniques

We are happy to announce more exciting news from the Oncofertility Global Partners Network! Dr. Jhenifer Rodrigues, founder of the Brazilian Oncofertility Consortium, has been working to expand the Latin America Oncofertility Network and will be traveling to Chile to work with Drs. Anibal Scarella and Sebastian Sanmartin, both of Valparaiso University, on developing their own oncofertility program.  Below is some more information from Dr. Anibal Scarella about the goals of their meeting and future directions of their program.

Presentations from the 2015 Conference- Brandon Hayes-Lattin, MD

The final talk at the 2015 Oncofertility Conference was delivered by Dr. Brandon Hayes-Lattin, MD, who is the Medical Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program at the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Hayes-Lattin gave an informative talk on insurance coverage and fertility preservation. Covering the costs of fertility preservation procedures is an extremely important topic and Dr. Hayes-Lattin's talk addresses these issues in his talk.

To watch this outstanding keynote lecture, click here.

This is the final lecture in the 2015 Oncofertility Consortium Conference Series. We hope you enjoyed all of these fantastic talks.

Bioethics Today Series: Ethical concerns raised by "3 person embryos"

Today we continue our series highlighting reproductive medicine blog posts written by Lisa Campo-Engelstein, PhD, from the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College for BIOETHICS TODAY.  Dr. Campo-Engelstein's main research areas include reproductive ethics (particularly contraception, oncofertility, birth, and embry and parthenote research), gender and medicine, cancer ethics, and international bioethics (especially Costa Rica).  

Presentations from the 2015 Conference- Lillian Meacham, MD

Dr. Lillian Meacham, MD, Medical Director, Cancer Survivor Program, The Kathelen V. Amos Children's Chair for Cancer Survivorship, and Pediatric Endocrinologist at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, followed up the female sexuality talk with a talk on male sexuality in childhood cancer survivors. Dr. Meacham shared with the audience what she's learned about sexual health in male pediatric cancer survivors.

Click here to watch her talk at the 2015 Oncofertility Consortium Conference.

In anticipation of next year's conference, we will be featuring one of the 2015 lectures each week. You can receive our blog and other oncofertility updates directly to your inbox by signing up!

Bioethics Today Series: The Need for Patient Navigators for Fertility Preservation

Today we continue our series highlighting reproductive medicine blog posts written by Lisa Campo-Engelstein, PhD, from the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College for BIOETHICS TODAY.  Dr. Campo-Engelstein's main research areas include reproductive ethics (particularly contraception, oncofertility, birth, and embry and parthenote research), gender and medicine, cancer ethics, and international bioethics (especially Costa Rica).  

Reproductive Health Focus Group Paper Now Online

An exciting new publication, funded by the Center for Reproductive Health After Disease and the Oncofertility Consortium (P50HD076188), was recently published in the Journal of Early Adolescence. This work is one of the projects supported by the Education Core and has made tremendous progress over the past few years. Lead author, Lisa Hurwitz says "This is the first study to examine children's understanding of puberty and reproductive health in decades and will help to inform modern, developmentally appropriate reproductive health learning curricula."

Presentations from the 2015 Conference-Terri Woodard, MD

Dr. Terri Woodard, MD, Director of Oncofertility Service at MD Anderson, gave a talk at the 2015 Oncofertility Consortium Conference on the sexual health of young women who survived childhood cancer. The goal of her talk was to define sexual health and discuss how sexual development may occur differently in women who survive childhood cancer. Her talk prompted many questions and thoughtful discussion from patients and other participants in the audience.

To watch her talk, click here.

In anticipation of next year's conference, we will be featuring one of the 2015 lectures each week. You can receive our blog and other oncofertility updates directly to your inbox by signing up!

Bioethics Today Series: The Ethics of Uterus Transplantation

Today we continue our series highlighting reproductive medicine blog posts written by Lisa Campo-Engelstein, PhD, from the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College for BIOETHICS TODAY.  Dr. Campo-Engelstein's main research areas include reproductive ethics (particularly contraception, oncofertility, birth, and embry and parthenote research), gender and medicine, cancer ethics, and international bioethics (especially Costa Rica).