In 2010, members of the oncofertility community joined together discuss the past, present, and future of ovarian tissue research. This meeting resulted in the publication, "Current achievements and future research directions in ovarian tissue culture, in vitro follicle development and transplantation: implications for fertility preservation," that was published in Human Reproduction Update in 2010.
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On June 23rd, Matt Zachary (I'm Too Young for This), Jonny Imerman (Imerman Angels), and Kathleen Boss (Gilda's Club) led a discussion entitled, "Survivorship, Advocacy, and Identity in the Cancer Community." Click below to watch this informative discussion from some of the leaders in the cancer advocacy commmunity.
Watch the press release from the Endo 2011 Conference with Teresa K. Woodruff revealing the Oncofertility Consortium's new iPhone App, iSaveFertility. iSave fertility is a free mobile resource for health care providers and their patients to help navigate fertility preservation.
As a patient navigator at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Kristin Smith guides newly diagnosed cancer patients through a hopeful process – preserving their future ability to have children in the face of life-saving, fertility-threatening treatments. Science in Society spoke with Smith about her unique position, what fertility preservation options are currently available for women, and the exciting prospects that lie ahead.
"While the science of fertility preservation for adolescents with cancer is advancing, the social science research in this area is lacking. Specifically, there are only a small number of studies about the psychological reproductive concerns in the pediatric oncology population. These studies have provided groundbreaking information for future research, but also illustrate the challenges in conducting research in this area. This article comments on those challenges and presents solutions for confronting them."
On May 16th, Richard Anderson, MD, PhD led a discussion entitled, "Female Fertility Preservation in Practice: Where We Are, and How We Got Here." Click below to watch his fascinating presentation.
Dr Quinn, from the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute and the University of South Florida, in Tampa, USA, has conducted surveys of oncologists' referral practices. The interview covers issues such as: