Women's Health

The Next Level of Ovarian Cancer Care

Fertility breakthroughs

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.