Welcome to Future Fertility
Improvements in the diagnosis and gonadotoxic treatment (chemotherapy, radiotherapy and bone marrow transplantation or surgery) of children, adolescents and young adults and adult cancer patients of reproductive age (0-45 years) has led to significant improvements in survival rates. As survival rates improve, there is an expectation by clinicians and patients to preserve the reproductive health potential of patients who receive gonadotoxic treatment whenever possible.
The loss of reproductive function due to cancer or non-malignant diseases, treated with gonadotoxic treatment, is a significant survivorship consideration for many patients. The use of these treatment can affect the future fertility of men, women, and children and the late effects consequences of infertility can have a lasting impact on a patient’s physical and psychological wellbeing.
The term “oncofertility” describes a new subspecialty of medicine that focuses on the reproductive future for cancer survivors, who may face infertility as a result of their treatment. Oncofertility encompasses: (1) the science needed to develop new fertility preservation options for patients prior to the onset of gonadotoxic treatment; (2) the clinical specialties to integrate fertility preservation such as family planning, and hormonal management and (3) advances in oncofertility communication, education and providing appropriate and tailored services to patients and consumers.
The FUTuRE Fertility Research Program explores the complexities that gonadotoxic treatment may have on patient’s quality of life through a number of our ongoing biological, physiological, psychological and socio-cultural research studies.
On this website you will find relevant information about how your treatment may effect your fertility now or in the future. If you are interested in participating in any number of our research studies (located under our website’s research tab), please feel free to download the patient information sheet that describes the study in greater detail. Alternatively, please feel free to email us via this website’s contact details page and we will respond to your inquiry promptly.
Meet the Team
Presenters and Organisers Sydney Oncofertility Symposium 2017
L to R – back row: Michael Etvushenko, Dr Shanna Logan, Prof William Ledger, Assoc Prof Robert Gilchrist, Mr Nigel Carrington and Ms Stephanie Macmillan
L to R middle row: Dr Michelle Peate, Dr Rebecca Deans, Prof Teresa Woodruff, Prof Richard Cohn, Dr Antoinette Anazodo, Prof Victoria White
L to R front row: Assoc Prof Kate Sterns, Dr Yasmin Jayasinghe, Dr Debra Gook, Dr Nandina Shankara-Narayana