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

New Publication from Global Partner

Dr. Mahmoud Salama, Assistant Professor, Professorship-Fellow at Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Medical Faculty, University of Cologne, Germany, who is also an Oncofertility Global Partners Network representative from Egypt and Germany, recently published an article in Clinical Reviews of Oncology/Hematology. The article 'Updates in preserving reproductive potential of prepubertal girls with cancer: Systematic review' appears in the July issue of the journal and discusses the advantages and disadvantages associated with fertility preservation options for prepubertal girls.  Ultimately, the authors offer insights on the best FP options for prepubertal girls and and further discuss some medical and ethical considerations, as well. Below is the abstract.

Fellow Education Day

This year, the Oncofertility Consortium will host its inaugural Fellow Education Day during Day 1 of the Annual Oncofertility Conference on November 1, 2016.  The purpose of the course is to educate fellows on fertility preservation options and survivorship care for cancer patietns across the reproductive life cycle.  The course will model a team approach to fertility preservation care.

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

Cancer and Adoption VGR

Megan Silianoff, survivor and author of the book "99 Problems but a Baby Ain't One", delivered an inspiring VGR about her experiences with cancer and adoption. During her presentation, she shared her story and how she navigated the adoption process after her cancer diagnosis. This is an excellent talk not only for patients, but also for health care professionals who want to learn more about third party options for their patients. To watch the talk in its entirety, click here.

Virtual Grand Rounds

The Oncofertility Consortium hosts monthly Virtual Grand Rounds as a way to connect researchers, clinicians, and others from across the globe to discuss emerging research and clinical services in the field of oncofertility and beyond. With this technology, a single presenter broadcasts video and data slides and viewers ask text-based questions that can be answered in real-time. An unlimited number of viewers can join these online presentations from anywhere around the world, allowing for the oncofertility community to act quickly to develop shared practices within the expanding community.

New Publication from Japanese Global Partners

Dr. Yoko Miyoshi, MD, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, and her colleagues recently published a paper in the Journal of the Japanese Society for Pediatric Endocrinology. Dr. Miyoshi, and many of the other authors on the paper, are all active members of the Japanese Society for Fertility Preservation, which is also a member of the Oncofertility Global Partners Network. Congratulations to Dr. Miyoshi and all of her colleagues on a job well-done! Below is the abstract. To read the paper in its entirety, click here.

Oncofertility Global Partners Network

Establishing relationships with global partners is a key to the Oncofertility Consortium’s continued success. As such, the Consortium developed the Oncofertility Global Partners Network and works with reproductive specialists from all over the world in an effort to better serve children, adolescents and young adults with cancer and other fertility-threatening diseases. This robust network currently includes representatives from six continents, including 24 different countries. Global Partners receive tools and guidance to set up their own consortium and current members have been working on a variety of different projects including native language translations and the preparation of a second manuscript.

Oncofertility Consortium-Scientific Help Agreement for Research Endeavors (OC-SHAREs) Program

The Oncofertility Consortium (OC) is committed to explore and expand reproductive options for those who face fertility threatening conditions and/or medical treatments.  To this end, the OC has created several resources, available through the OC-Scientific Help Agreement for Research Endeavors or OC-SHAREs program, to help the scientific community carry out basic research in support of this mission.

Currently there are three resources available to OC collaborators through OC-SHAREs: 1) access to the NPC Human Research Tissue Repository, 2) use of the Stadie Riggs Tissue Slicer, and 3) request for Follicle Culture Kits. 

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.