The Oncofertility Consortium

Medical advances in cancer detection and treatment have greatly improved survival rates for cancer patients. To address the host of new healthcare and quality-of-life issues that have arisen for young cancer patients, Northwestern University has developed the Oncofertility Consortium, which unites biomedical and social scientists, oncologists, pediatricians, engineers, educators, social workers, and medical ethicists, to explore the reproductive future of women facing a life-preserving but fertility-threatening cancer treatment.

With the support of a 21 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Oncofertility Consortium will develop better technologies for conserving the reproductive tissue of female cancer patients and investigate the scientific, clinical and psychosocial challenges that must be solved to expand the menu of options available. Through this multifaceted research, Oncofertility professionals will improve current scholarship on the effect of cancer on fertility and raise consciousness among scientists, physicians and families about this critical quality of life issue.



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