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Fertility after Cancer: Teresa K. Woodruff at TEDxNorthwesternU

Ten years ago the phrase 'families after cancer' would have been an oxymoron if thought of at all. Today, due to the impressive rise in cancer survivors, this is not only a well-used phrase, but also an issue that needs further exploration. To address this concern we created the Oncofertility Consortium, a national, interdisciplinary initiative and uncommon team, to explore and expand the reproductive options for young cancer patients - men, women, and children. By bridging bench science with physician education and patient empowerment, the Oncofertility Consortium has transformed the dual catastrophe of cancer and infertility into the hopefulness of a life lived and life delivered.Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD is the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Feinberg School of Medicine and Professor of Molecular Biosciences, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University. As a reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. Woodruff has spent the better part of her research career focusing on advancing our knowledge of women's health including fertility and reproductive health. She has brought national awareness to the unmet fertility management needs of young cancer patients and survivors. Dr. Woodruff has established a team of oncologists, fertility specialists, social scientists, educators and policy makers to translate her research to the clinical care of women who will lose their fertility due to cancer treatment. To describe this effort, she coined the term oncofertility, a word that has revolutionized the procedural guideline for young cancer patient care and has provided hope for a fertility future to thousands of cancer survivors. She has edited several books on the topic, and has published more that 170 peer-reviewed journal articles.About TEDx:In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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