Oncofertility: a grand collaboration between reproductive medicine and oncology

Reproduction. 2015 Sep;150(3):S1-10. doi: 10.1530/REP-15-0163. Epub 2015 Jun 30.


In 2007, I was asked by the University of Calgary to participate in a symposium called 'Pushing the Boundaries--Advances that Will Change the World in 20 Years'. My topic was oncofertility, a word I had just coined to describe the intersection of two disciplines--oncology and fertility--and I was thrilled to share my passion for this new field and help young women with cancer protect their future reproductive health. Fertility preservation in the cancer setting lacked a concerted effort to bridge the disciplines in an organized manner. In early 2015, I was delighted to deliver a presentation for the Society for Reproduction and Fertility titled 'Sex in Three Cities', where I gave an update on the oncofertility movement, a remarkable cross-disciplinary, global collaboration created to address the fertility preservation needs of young cancer patients. During my tour of the UK, I was impressed by the interest among the society and its members to engage colleagues outside the discipline as well as the public in a dialogue about cutting-edge reproductive science. In this invited review, I will describe the work of the Oncofertility Consortium to provide fertility preservation options in the cancer setting and accelerate the acceptance of this critical topic on a global scale. I hope that one day this word and field it created will change the world for women who had been left out of the equation for far too long.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antineoplastic Agents / adverse effects
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Diffusion of Innovation
  • Female
  • Fertility / drug effects
  • Fertility / radiation effects
  • Fertility Preservation* / history
  • Fertility Preservation* / trends
  • Forecasting
  • History, 21st Century
  • Humans
  • Infertility / etiology
  • Infertility / physiopathology
  • Infertility / prevention & control*
  • Interdisciplinary Communication*
  • International Cooperation*
  • Male
  • Medical Oncology* / history
  • Medical Oncology* / trends
  • Pregnancy
  • Radiotherapy / adverse effects
  • Reproductive Medicine* / history
  • Reproductive Medicine* / trends


  • Antineoplastic Agents