Melissa's Law for Fertility Preservation

The Oncofertility Consortium was mentioned recently in a feature in Greenwich Magazine, an online magazine from Connecticut. Connecticut was the first state to pass landmark oncofertility legislation, which opens access to fertility treatment for cancer patients. The law is named for Melissa Thompson, a patient advocate who worked with her local lawmakers to get this bill passed. Click on this link: 

Oncofertility in Peru

Colleagues in Peru recently hosted a successful course on fertility preservation and are pleased to announce the opening of their first laboratory in Lima, Peru. See the post below from Dr. Flor Sanchez, who is one of the oncofertility ambassadors in Peru.

Fertility Preservation Course in Cancer Patients and Inauguration of the first Research Laboratory of Reproductive Biology and Fertility Preservation in Lima, Peru.

The Fertility preservation course in cancer patients was held on October 11, 2017, in the auditorium of the building “Laboratorios de Investigación y Desarrollo, LID” at “Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia” (UPCH). This event was co-organized by Dr. Johan Smitz, Dr Sergio Romero and Dr. Flor Sánchez, together with the Peruvian Fertility Society, being a pre-congress course of the XVIII Peruvian Congress of Reproductive Medicine.

Notable Papers

Below are 20 new and notable publications from the field of oncofertility over the past six months. Congratulations to all of our colleagues on these publications. 

New Papers from Australia

Congratulations to our colleagues in Australia who recently published two new review papers in the Journal of Psycho-Oncology. Read the abstracts below and click the links to read the full text. 

Clinician provision of oncofertility support in cancer patients of a reproductive age: A systematic review
The emerging discipline of oncofertility advocates for the timely provision of fertility information and referral for fertility preservation to all cancer patients of reproductive age (

July VGR: Advocating for FP Insurance Coverage

July's VGR presentation is now available online. Joyce Reinecke, JD, Executive Director of the Alliance for Fertility Preservation, presented on advocating for insurance coverage and discussed the recent efforts in many states to mandate coverage for fertility preservation procedures. Connecticut and Rhode Island became the first and second state, respectively, to ensure FP coverage. She discussed how these states were able to pass such legislation and offered alternative strategies for other states to follow. This terrific talk is now available online! Click here to watch this talk in its entirety. 

RESOURCE ALERT: Introducing C is for Courage - a New Coloring Book Journal for Adults Living With Cancer

Last month, author Chloé McFeters released six coloring book journals for adults, including C is for Courage, a coloring book journal for those living with cancer. The book’s journal prompts invite the reader to write about the practical and emotional aspects of the journey with cancer, while the abstract patterns for coloring allow the mind and senses to flow with colors and creative self-discovery. Also included are powerful essays and poetry from two cancer survivors, author Marion Cohen and Frank O’Hara Prize-winning poet Richard H. Fox, who also penned the foreword for C is for Courage.

Early Bird Registration-One More Week!

Early-bird registration ends in just one week! Register now to ensure a low rate of $300 for the three-day Oncofertility Conference, which includes a full day of didactic education sessions and hands-on learning, and two full days of traditional lectures. Attendees also receive a variety of oncofertility materials, and an evening reception on November 15. Registration increases on August 1. Below are more details about registration. Register by July 31 to take advantage of the Early Bird discount!