Oncofertility: From Bench to Bedside to Babies
- Leonard Deacon Lecture Theatre Medical School
We are delighted to welcome Dr Teresa Woodruff, the Thomas J Watkins Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecologyand Vice Chair of Research (OB/GYN) at Northwestern University to give the Sir Arthur Thomson Charitable Trust Distinguished Professor Lecture entitled 'Oncofertility: From Bench to Bedside to Babies.'
Facing a cancer diagnosis at any age is devastating. However, young cancer patients have the added burden that life-preserving cancer treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy, may compromise their future fertility.
The possibility of reproductive dysfunction as a consequence of cancer treatment has a negative impact on the quality of life of cancer survivors. The field of oncofertility, which merges the clinical specialties of oncology and reproductive endocrinology, was developed to explore and expand fertility preservation options and to better manage the reproductive status of cancer patients. The purpose of this presentation is to provide a comprehensive overview of how cancer treatments affect the female reproductive axis, delineate the diverse fertility preservation options that are currently available or being developed for young women, and describe current measures of ovarian reserve that can be used pre- and post-cancer treatment.
Prior to the lecture, Dr Woodruff will also be receiving an honorary degree at the College of Medical and Dental Sciences degree graduation ceremony.