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Oncofertility has emerged as a way to address potential lost or impaired fertility in cancer patients and survivors, with active biomedical research that is developing new ways to help these individuals preserve their ability to have biological children. In order to move beyond oncofertility as a science and medical technology and begin to address the ethical, legal, and social ramifications of this emerging field, we must give voice to scholars from the humanities and social sciences to engage in a multidisciplinary discussion. This book brings together a pool of experts from a variety of fields, including communication, economics, ethics, history, law, religion, and sociology, to examine the complex issues raised by recent developments in oncofertility and to offer advice from national and international perspectives as we create new technology. Given the inherent interdisciplinary nature of oncofertility, this book is not only valuable, but also necessary to cultivate a deep understanding of new issues with the eventual aim of offering proposals for addressing them. Indeed, this book will be useful for people not only within the humanities and social sciences disciplines but also for those who are confronted with cancer and the possibility of impaired fertility and the medical practitioners within oncology and reproductive medicine who are at the front lines of this emerging field.


Oncofertility is an interdisciplinary field bridging biomedical and social sciences and examining fertility options, choice and goals in light of cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship

Written by an interdisciplinary group of researchers and clinicians

Prepares clinicians and researchers for real-world perspectives of Oncofertility they will encounter

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Oncofertility has emerged as a way to address potential lost or impaired fertility in those with a history of cancer. Active biomedical research is developing new ways to help those afflicted with cancer to preserve their ability to have biological children. Oncofertility: Ethical, Legal, Social, and Medical Perspectives moves beyond oncofertility as a science and medical technology and begins to address the social, legal, and ethical ramifications of this emerging field. Dr. Teresa K. Woodruff establishes a team of oncologists, fertility specialists, social scientists, and education and policy makers to engage in an interdisciplinary discussion on the clinical care of women who will lose their fertility due to cancer treatment.

"Cancer and its treatment will often compromise fertility. Concerns relevant to reproduction remains one of the most important issues for patients. In this text renown experts discuss the spectrum of critical issues embraced by Oncofertility." - Steven T. Rosen, M.D. Series Editor


Introduction.- Reproductive Health After Cancer.- Designing Follicle-Environment Interactions with Biomaterials.- Gamete Preservation To Transplant or Not to Transplant – That is the Question.- Clinical Cases in Oncofertility.- Cancer Genetics: Risks and Mechanisms of Cancer in Women with Inherited Susceptibility to Epithelial Ovarian Cancer.- Protecting and Extending Fertility for Females of Wild and Endangered Mammals.- Placing the History of Oncofertility.- Medical Hope, Legal Pitfalls: Potential Legal Issues in the Emerging Field of Oncofertility.- Domestic and International Surrogacy Laws: Implications for Cancer Survivors.- Adoption After Cancer: Adoption Agency Attitudes and Perspectives on the Potential to Parent Post-Cancer.- Ovarian Tissue Cryopreservation and Bioethical Discourse.- The Lessons of Oncofertility for Assisted Reproduction.- Morally Justifying Oncofertility Research.- Ethical Dilemmas in Oncofertility: An Exploration of Three Clinical Scenarios.- Participation in Investigational Fertility Preservation Research: A Feminist Research Ethics Approach.- Reproductive “Choice” and Egg Freezing.- The Impact of Infertility: Why ARTs Should Be a Higher Priority for Women in the Global South.- Oncofertility and Informed Consent: Addressing Beliefs, Values and Future Decision Making.- Bioethics and Oncofertility: Arguments and Insights from Religious Traditions.- Sacred Bodies: Considering Resistance to Oncofertility in Muslim Communities.- Unlikely Motherhood in the Qur’?n: Oncofertility as Devotion.- Technology and Wholeness: Oncofertility and Catholic Tradition.- Jewish Perspectives on Oncofertility: The Complexities of Tradition.- The Oncofertility Saturday Academy: A Paradigm to Expand the Educational Opportunities and Ambitions of High School Girls.- A Web-Based Patient Education Resource Supporting Decision Making Under Severe Emotional and Cognitive Overload.- Anticipating Ovarian Tissue Cryopreservation in theHealthcare Marketplace: A Willingness to Pay Assessment .- Perspectives on Oncofertility from Demography and Economics.- For the Sake of Consistency and Fairness: Why Insurance Companies Should Cover Iatrogenic Infertility.- Health Care Provider Perspectives on Fertility Preservation for Cancer Patients.- Counseling and Consenting Women with Cancer on their Oncofertility Options: A Clinical Perspective.- The Fertility-Related Treatment Choices of Cancer Patients: Cancer-Related Infertility & Family Dynamics.- Whose Future Is It? Ethical Family Decision Making about Daughters’ Treatment in the Oncofertility Context.- Choosing Life when Facing Death: Understanding Fertility Preservation Decision-Making for Cancer Patients.- Discussing Fertility Preservation with Breast Cancer Patients.- Warning: Google can be Hazardous to Your Health: Fertility Preservation Is an Important Part of Cancer Care.- The Role of a Patient Navigator in Fertility Preservation.- Judaism and Reproductive Technology.- Reading Between the Lines of Cancer & Fertility: A Provider's Story.- A Rewarding Experience for a Pediatric Urologist.- Final Thoughts.


ISBN-13: 9781461426592
Publisher: Springer (Springer US)
Publication date: November, 2012
Pages: 536
Weight: 819g
Availability: POD
Subcategories: Oncology, Public Health


Teresa Woodruff, Ph.D. – Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D. is a Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. She is the Chief of a newly created Division of Fertility Preservation and the Founder and Director of the Institute for Women’s Health Research. She is the immediate past Director of the Basic Science Programs for the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center (2000-2007). She is the basic science Associate Editor for Fertility and Sterility (2008-present) and member of several editorial boards including Molecular Cellular Endocrinology, Journal of Molecular Endocrinology and Endocrine Reviews. She serves on the Endocrine Society council (2008-present) and the Society for the Study of Reproduction Board of Directors (2008-present). Her awards include the Distinguished Teaching Award from Northwestern University, the Endocrine Society’s Richard E. Weitzman Memorial Award, The Alumae Award from Northwestern University, and the Distinguished Women in Medicine and Science Award. She was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2005. As a member of the faculty of the Undergraduate Program in Biological Sciences, Dr. Woodruff teaches graduate and undergraduate students in Systems Physiology and the medical student module on female reproduction. She also created the Oncofertility Saturday Academy (OSA) to provide science experiences to high school girls attending the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School (YWLCS). She received her PhD from Northwestern University in 1989. Dr. Woodruff has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers as well as 40 editorials and book chapters. She is the Principal Investigator on 2 R01 NIH grants, a P01 grant and core facility, and is the PI and director of two NIH funded center grants (The Center for Reproductive Research (U54) and the Oncofertility Consortium (UL1). In 2008 she was the recipient of a prestigious W.M. Keck Foundation Medical Research award (2008). The major goals of her laboratory are to identify the mechanisms underlying ovarian follicle development, selection and recruitment and to provide new angles on ovarian disease and fertility conserving options for women. Dr. Woodruff has established a team of oncologists, fertility specialists, social scientists, and education and policy makers to translate her research to the clinical care of women who will lose their fertility due to cancer treatment. She coined the term oncofertility to describe this work, a word that is now officially recognized as a new 'slang' term in the English language. She edited the first book on this topic called Oncofertility (Springer, 2007) where the scope of the problem and current technology, clinical practice tables, procedural guidelines and patient stories are collected. Hallmarks of Woodruff career include a strong focus on ovarian biology, on interdisciplinary approaches to problems and application of the work to the human. Laurie Zoloth, Ph.D. – Laurie Zoloth is a Professor of Medical Humanities, Bioethics, Jewish Studies and Religion. She is also the Director of the Northwestern University Center for Bioethics, Science and Society, and Director of the Brady Program for Ethics and Civic Life, in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. In 2009 she was appointed as the Charles Deering McCormick Professor for Excellence in Teaching. Lisa Campo-Engelstein, Ph.D. – Senior Research Fellow, Oncofertility Consortium and Center for Bioethics, Science and Society Sarah Rodriguez, Ph.D. – Senior Research Fellow, Oncofertility Consortium and Center for Bioethics, Science and Society

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“This is a much-needed book on the multidisciplinary and multifaceted world of oncofertility. … book is appropriate for a wide-ranging audience, from patients to practitioners, researchers to clinicians, students to teachers, in all the fields related to oncofertility. … This book is useful for all who work in any aspect of cancer, infertility, research in these areas, or any area related to fertility preservation.” (Amber R. Cooper, Doody’s Review Service, November, 2010)