Society for Reproduction & Fertility Public Lecture Series
Dr Katie Woad23 February 2015
A pioneering American expert in obstetrics and fertility in cancer patients is to give a public lecture in Nottingham, Edinburgh and London as part of the ‘Sex in 3 Cities’ series run by the Society for Reproduction and Fertility.
Survival rates among young cancer patients have steadily increased over the past four decades in part because of the development of more effective cancer treatments. Today, both women and men can look forward to life after cancer, yet many may face the possibility of infertility as a result of the disease itself or these lifesaving treatments.
Oncofertility was just an idea 10 years ago but today it is a distinct field of medicine, offering new hope to cancer patients who will survive their disease, with options for preserving their fertility that previous generations lacked. This is an amazing shift for medical practice, with reproductive specialists and oncologists working together to make fertility after cancer a priority at the time of diagnosis.
Resulting interventions include banking eggs, sperm, embryos, or tissue, with the goal of preserving the option for patients to have a future family. For some cancer survivors, that future is now, and they are the proud parent of a child they thought they might not be able to have.
Dr Teresa Woodruff from Northwestern University in Chicago, USA, is an internationally recognised expert in ovarian biology, and coined the term ‘oncofertility’ to describe the merging of two medical fields: oncology and fertility. She was named in the Time Magazine list of the World’s Most Influential People in 2013 and was the only scientist on the list.
The title of Dr Woodruff’s talk is ‘Fertility preservation for young cancer patients’.
The free lectures are open to the general public, staff and students and places can be booked online.
The lectures will run on the following dates: