Additionally, the UAB Medicine News article tells us that:
- UAB is participating in Fertile Hope, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing reproductive information, support, and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments carry the risk of infertility.
- UAB is one of the first institutions with IRB approval (an FDA designation) for tissue- banking in conjunction with the Oncofertility Consortium, a national interdisciplinary initiative to explore reproductive options for patients diagnosed with cancer or other serious diseases.
- Consortium researchers are attempting to answer fundamental questions about success rates with fertility preservation and novel ways of preserving and developing eggs after freezing.
"This program has a potentially tremendous impact because the number of individuals facing cancer during their reproductive years is significant [about 800,000 men and women]. Patient awareness empowers them to make a decision about their own reproductive health," Dr. Bates says.