What is the Oncofertility Consortium?

Cancer survival rates among young people have steadily increased over the past 4 decades. As a result, life after cancer is becoming a reality for many people, who now have the opportunity to plan for the future. Ten years ago, the phrase “families after cancer” would have been a fantasy for most cancer patients; today, the Oncofertility Consortium is helping to make it happen. The Oncofertility Consortium is a nationwide initiative that was developed by Dr. Teresa Woodruff to address the complex health care and quality-of-life issues that young cancer patients face. Led by Northwestern University researchers, the group consists of a network of doctors, scientists, and scholars dedicated to the advancement of technologies that will provide improved fertility preservation options for people diagnosed with cancer (and other serious diseases) who must undergo treatments that threaten their fertility.