A View from the past into our collective future: the oncofertility consortium vision statement

Teresa K. Woodruff, Lauren Ataman-Millhouse, Kelly S. Acharya, Teresa Almeida-Santos, Antoinette Anazodo, Richard A. Anderson, Leslie Appiah, Joy Bader, Kerri Becktell, Robert E. Brannigan, Lesley Breech, Maria T. Bourlon, Žana Bumbuliene, Karen Burns, Lisa Campo-Engelstein, Jacira R. Campos, Grace M. Centola, Mauricio Barbour Chehin, Diane Chen, Michel De VosFrancesca E. Duncan, Ahmed El-Damen, Douglas Fair, Yemi Famuyiwa, Patricia Y. Fechner, Paula Fontoura, Olivia Frias, Sabrina A. Gerkowicz, Jill Ginsberg, Clarisa R. Gracia, Kara Goldman, Veronica Gomez-Lobo, Brent Hazelrigg, Michael H. Hsieh, Luis R. Hoyos, Alfonso Hoyos-Martinez, Robert Jach, Jacek Jassem, Murid Javed, Yasmin Jayasinghe, Roohi Jeelani, Jacqueline S. Jeruss, Nalini Kaul-Mahajan, Jessica Keim-Malpass, Tyler G. Ketterl, Mohamed Khrouf, Dana Kimelman, Atsuko Kusuhara, William H. Kutteh, Monica M. Laronda, Jung Ryeol Lee, Vicky Lehmann, Joseph M. Letourneau, Lynda K. McGinnis, Eileen McMahon, Lillian R. Meacham, Monserrat Fabiola Velez Mijangos, Molly Moravek, Leena Nahata, George Moses Ogweno, Kyle E. Orwig, Mary Ellen Pavone, Fedro Alessandro Peccatori, Romina Ileana Pesce, Hanna Pulaski, Gwendolyn Quinn, Ramiro Quintana, Tomas Quintana, Bruno Ramalho de Carvalho, Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, Joyce Reinecke, Fernando M. Reis, Julie Rios, Alice S. Rhoton-Vlasak, Kenny A. Rodriguez-Wallberg, Cassandra Roeca, Seth J. Rotz, Erin Rowell, Mahmoud Salama, Amanda J. Saraf, Anibal Scarella, Tara Schafer-Kalkhoff, Deb Schmidt, Suneeta Senapati, Divya Shah, Ariella Shikanov, Margarett Shnorhavorian, Jodi L. Skiles, James F. Smith, Kristin Smith, Fabio Sobral, Kyle Stimpert, H. Irene Su, Kouhei Sugimoto, Nao Suzuki, Mili Thakur, David Victorson, Luz Viale, Wendy Vitek, W. Hamish Wallace, Ellen A. Wartella, Lynn M. Westphal, Stacy Whiteside, Lea H. Wilcox, Christine Wyns, Shuo Xiao, Jing Xu, Mary Zelinski

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Purpose: Today, male and female adult and pediatric cancer patients, individuals transitioning between gender identities, and other individuals facing health extending but fertility limiting treatments can look forward to a fertile future. This is, in part, due to the work of members associated with the Oncofertility Consortium. Methods: The Oncofertility Consortium is an international, interdisciplinary initiative originally designed to explore the urgent unmet need associated with the reproductive future of cancer survivors. As the strategies for fertility management were invented, developed or applied, the individuals for who the program offered hope, similarly expanded. As a community of practice, Consortium participants share information in an open and rapid manner to addresses the complex health care and quality-of-life issues of cancer, transgender and other patients. To ensure that the organization remains contemporary to the needs of the community, the field designed a fully inclusive mechanism for strategic planning and here present the findings of this process. Results: This interprofessional network of medical specialists, scientists, and scholars in the law, medical ethics, religious studies and other disciplines associated with human interventions, explore the relationships between health, disease, survivorship, treatment, gender and reproductive longevity. Conclusion: The goals are to continually integrate the best science in the service of the needs of patients and build a community of care that is ready for the challenges of the field in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-15
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2021


  • Fertility preservation
  • Oncofertility
  • cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Genetics
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Genetics(clinical)


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