Oncofertility University

oncofertuOncofertility University is a community collaboration to promote oncofertility education in the clinical setting. Fertile Action produced two online courses for oncology nurses with funding from the California Cryobank. Dr. Leonard Sender, an advisor on the project and co-leader of the Oncofertility Think Tank invented the idea of an agnostic place for everyone worldwide to gather and share resources they can implement in their own institution. It’s the education and resource website outside of a single institution. We don’t have an operating budget or operators! We just have a group of professionals who launched phase 1: global, online education accessible to all oncology nurses who are on the front-lines of cancer care for pediatric and AYA cancer patients. Students can complete each course in less than an hour and we have supplemental materials listed for additional reading. we have over 600 students in 66 countries already!

You can find us at www.oncofertilityuniversity.org and www.facebook.com/oncofertility

Our courses:

Male: www.udemy.com/male-oncofertility

Female: www.udemy.com/female-oncofertility

Oncofertility in the news!

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The Chicago Tribune recently published an article, Kids with Cancer get Futuristic Chance at Saving Fertility, describing the role of ovarian and testicular freezing in saving future fertility for pediatric cancer patients.  The article highlighted patient and parent stories from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL.

While the decision can be overwhelming for all patients considering fertility preservation options in the face of a cancer diagnosis, it is even more challenging for parents making the decision on their child’s behalf.  However, parents interviewed for the article outlined that they feel better knowing that they’ve done what they can to preserve the option for their child if they elect to have a fmaily in the future.

Read more HERE


Moving Beyond Cancer

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The Oncofertility Consortium was highlighted in the Spring 2015 issue of Northwestern Medicine Magazine in the article “Moving Beyond Cancer“.  In this issue, Holly and Richard Manprisio, and their journey to build a family, are highlighted.  Holly conquered stage 4 Hodgkins lymphoma when she was just 13 and was followed closely by the STAR Survivorship Program at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital.  At age 28 she was faced with a breast cancer diagnosis and was able to bank eggs before undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, and further treatment with Tamoxifen.  Happily, Holly and Richard have welcomed twin boys, Ethan and Benjamin into the world thanks to the Oncofertility Consortium, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s HospitalSTAR Program and Northwestern Medicine!



True North Treks: Spots still available!

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Our friends at True North Treks are looking for survivors who are interested in participating in two exciting adventures this coming fall to “recalibrate, rejuvenate and reconnect with life”!  True North Treks is dedicated to supporting young adult cancer survivors by connecting with nature, other survivors, and oneself.

Upper Missouri River, Montana

Canoeing,  September 12-18, 2015

Green River, Utah

Canoeing, September 12-18, 2015

Apply online (http://www.truenorthtreks.org/apply.html) and contact Gwen Victorson at gwenvictorson@truenorthtreks.org or (208)627-8628 with any questions or concerns!

National Cancer Survivors Day

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This Sunday, June 7th, is National Cancer Survivors Day.  It is a CELEBRATION for those who have survived, an INSPIRATION for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of SUPPORT for families, and an OUTREACH to the community.  

We hope that everyone who has been touched by cancer is able to connect with others to celebrate those who have survived and support those who are grieving.  This day brings attention to not only the need for further research and funding to treat and cure cancer but also to the specific issues faced by the growing population of cancer survivors worldwide.



People Magazine Highlights Fertility Preservation

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Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 9.00.44 AMOn May 12th, People Magazine highlighted a story about a 16 year old Arizona teen, McKindree Patton, who elected to freeze her eggs prior to chemotherapy for a rare form of bone marrow failure.  Through the help of non-profit group Angel Mamas, McKindree was provided funds to cover the fertility preservation procedures.  And when a friend of hers was diagnosed recently with the same rare bone marrow failure, McKindree helped navigate her through the necessariy fertility preservation steps to treatment.  Read more about McKindree’s story.






NPC Member Spotlight: Main Line Fertility

We’re exited to continue our new blog series to spotlight National Physicians Cooperative member institutions!  If your institution is a member of the NPC, submit your information to us for development of an institution-specific page on the Oncofertility Consortium website, as well as a blog post, to oncofertility@northwestern.edu.  If you are interested in learning more about how to join the NPC, contact Brigid Smith at brigid.smith@northwestern.edu or (312)503-2506.



In 2012 Main Line Fertility Center joined the Oncofertility Consortium at Northwestern University and launched an official Fertility Preservation Program. This program was created to educate recently diagnosed cancer patients about their options and to increase access to fertility preservation procedures during the small window of opportunity between diagnosis and treatment.

We offer egg, sperm and embryo freezing prior to chemotherapy or other medical/surgical treatments. We are available 24 hours a day via email: oncofertility@mainlinefertility.com. All patients will be given an appointment with one of our physicians within 24 hours of initial contact. Patients are assigned a Nurse Coordinator who will walk them through the process every step of the way. Drs. Glassner and Orris have greatly reduced the usual cost of IVF and in conjunction with select pharmaceutical companies are able to provide Oncofertility patients free fertility medications.

Patients are treated with the utmost care as we facilitate their fertility preservation treatment assuring that their cancer treatment is not delayed.  Our team is committed to being there for our patients “every step of the way”.

Females desiring Egg or Embryo Freezing:

Call Anne Wendel, Oncofertility Coordinator, at 484.380.4879 or email oncofertility@mainlinefertility.com

At the initial appointment patients will be seen by one of the Main Line Fertility physicians, have bloods drawn, and meet with IVF nurses to discuss an IVF cycle from start to finish. Patient’s partners will also require blood work and semen analysis, if applicable.

Please bring photo ID and insurance cards.

Males desiring Sperm Freezing:

Call the Andrology Lab for an appointment: 484.380.4863. Identify yourself as an oncology patient and ask to speak with laboratory staff.

Specimens are routinely collected at the Center Monday through Friday prior to 12:00 noon. Weekend hours are available on an emergency basis.

Bring an andrology request form or prescription with your doctor’s signature to your collection appointment.

Photo ID is required. If the patient is a minor, the legal guardian must accompany the patient.

Ideally, the sperm specimen should be collected at the clinic in one of our private collection rooms. However, arrangements can be made for off-site collection if circumstances warrant.

Meet our Team

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Dr. Glassner is a founding partner and the medical director at Main Line Fertility and Reproductive Medicine. He also is a clinical professor at Drexel School of Medicine and clinical educator at Jefferson Medical School. He is also the founding Director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine at Bryn Mawr Hospital and under his tutelage has become a leading IVF center in the area.


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Dr. John Orris is a partner at Main Line Fertility and Reproductive Medicine, and he is the Division Head of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility for Main Line Health System. Dr. Orris is an Associate Professor at the Drexel University College of Medicine, and he is Fellowship Director for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility for Drexel University College of Medicine and Main Line Fertility. He joined Main Line Fertility in July 2003 and has focused his time and efforts serving patients in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.

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Dr. Deanna Brasile joined Main Line Fertility in October 2012, and she sees patients in our West Chester and Paoli offices. She joined us with over eight years of experience in the infertility field.

Dr. Brasile grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology at Duke University. She completed medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and also did an internship there. Her residency and training in obstetrics and gynecology was completed at the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine in Camden/ Cooper University Medical Center.

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Dr. Anderson is the Laboratory Director and Scientific Director Main Line Fertility Center. She directs the embryology, IVF, andrology, and endocrinology laboratories. She is an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of OB/GYN at Drexel University School of Medicine, and she serves on the Research Committee. In addition, Dr. Anderson is responsible for marketing and strategic planning for the practice. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Animal Bioscience from Pennsylvania State University. Her research focused on the interaction between gametes/embryos and the oviduct. Subsequently, she received her Ph.D. in Physiology from Penn State University. While completing a post-doctoral scholarship in microbiology, she also taught Human Physiology at Juniata College.

Phone: (484) 380-4884, email: andersons@mainlinefertility.com

AnneAnne Wendel, RN, BSN

Anne joined Main Line Fertility Center in 1998. She is the Clinical Director and Oncofertility Coordinator.

Phone: 484.380.4879, email: wendela@mainlinefertility.com


Support the Oncofertility Consortium!

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On May 31st, the Oncofertility Consortium will participate in the Lurie Cancer Center’s 22nd Annual Cancer Survivors’ Celebration Walk & 5K in Chicago, Illinois.  Our goals are to celebrate those who have survived, to inspire those recently diagnosed and to promote cancer awareness in our community.

All money raised through the Oncofertility Consortium team will support the ground breaking research done within our lab at Northwestern University as well as facilitate initiatives across our National Physicians Cooperative and Global Partnerships.  These funds will help us continue to investigate ways to mitigate the effects of any disease or treatment on ovarian and testicular function and develop physician-guided tools that will allow for communication and translation between basic research and clinical practice.

Please consider making a gift to our team or walking with us: http://cancer.northwestern.edu/walk/fundraising/mypage.cfm?kwoAdvocateId=EVZ72U7 

NPC Member Spotlight: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

We’re exited to continue our new blog series to spotlight National Physicians Cooperative member institutions!  If your institution is a member of the NPC, submit your information to us for development of an institution-specific page on the Oncofertility Consortium website, as well as a blog post, to oncofertility@northwestern.edu.  If you are interested in learning more about how to join the NPC, contact Brigid Smith at brigid.smith@northwestern.edu or (312)503-2506.



The core goals of the Fertility Preservation Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) focus on clinical service, education (family and provider) and research. Goals include:

  • Providing a clinical consultation service for health care providers as well as direct counseling for patients at risk for infertility due to their medical condition and/or its treatment
  • Facilitating timely referrals for fertility preservation methods considered standard clinical care (sperm banking, oocyte/embryo freezing, ovarian transposition)
  • Offering cutting edge, experimental options for fertility preservation (testicular and ovarian tissue cryopreservation) within the context of organized research protocols
  • Working with laboratory experts to expand and refine the current scientific knowledge needed to transform the state of reproductive medicine in this area

In January 2009, Fertile Hope named CHOP as a Center of Excellence for its commitment to inform all cancer patients and their families of the infertility risk of cancer treatment and to offer potential ways to preserve fertility. We are the first children’s hospital to achieve this distinction and we continue to provide leadership in the area of fertility preservation, both nationally and abroad.

We are pleased to be able to offer fertility preservation options to both prepubertal and pubertal males and females.


  • Sperm Banking
  • Testicular Tissue Cryopreservation (via participation in a research protocol)


  • Oocyte Freezing
  • Embryo Freezing
  • Ovarian Transposition
  • Ovarian Tissue Cryopreservation (via participation in a research protocol)


Jill P. Ginsberg, MD, is a pediatric oncologist and director of the Cancer Survivorship Program at CHOP’s Cancer Center. She is also the director of CHOP’s Fertility Preservation Program.

Thomas F. Kolon, MD, is an attending pediatric urologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He provides surgical expertise for our testicular tissue procedures.

Peter Mattei, MD, FACS, FAAP, is an attending pediatric surgeon at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He provides surgical expertise for our ovarian tissue procedures.

Clarisa R. Gracia, MD, MSCE, Director, Fertility Preservation, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Gracia is a leading fertility preservation expert and provides counseling, oocyte retrieval/cryopreservation, and surgical services for our female patients.

Christine Hill-Kayser, MD is the chief of the Pediatric Service for the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael J. Glassner, MD, Director at Main Line Fertility and Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Glassner is our local partner for sperm banking as well as oocyte/embryo freezing.

Sue Ogle, RN, MSN, CRNP

Wendy Hobbie, RN, MSN, CRNP, FAAN

Claire A. Carlson, BSN, RN, Nurse Coordinator

Maureen Prewitt, BA, BSN, RNC, Director of Clinical Research Support, Oncofertility, Women’s Health Clinical Research Center, Penn Fertility Care


Ralph L. Brinster, V.M.D., Ph.D. , Richard King Mellon Professor of Reproductive Physiology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Sandra W. Ryeom, Ph.D. , Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology, University of Pennsylvania



This Is Awkward: A resource for boys considering sperm banking


Fertility Options for Young Female Cancer Patients




If you have questions or would like to discuss coming to CHOP for fertility preservation, feel free to contact Claire Carlson at 215-590-0432.



NPC Member Spotlight: Michigan Reproductive Medicine

We’re exited to continue our new blog series to spotlight National Physicians Cooperative member institutions!  If your institution is a member of the NPC, submit your information to us for development of an institution-specific page on the Oncofertility Consortium website, as well as a blog post, to oncofertility@northwestern.edu.  If you are interested in learning more about how to join the NPC, contact Brigid Smith at brigid.smith@northwestern.edu or (312)503-2506.




Michigan Reproductive Medicine has been freezing eggs since 2008 and is the first fertility center in Michigan to successfully freeze eggs and have babies born from frozen eggs.

Our center is committed to providing patients with the most up-to date technology. Fertility preservation by egg freezing is a true game-changer by providing women the greatest opportunity to control their reproductive futures.

Fertility Preservation Services Offered

An egg or embryo freezing cycle requires quick decision-making and communication between the patient, the woman’s oncologist and Dr. Mersol-Barg. Working together as a team and educating the patient about her cancer therapy’s impact on her fertility empowers the patient to make the best decision regarding her fertility preservation.

We provide the following services to women:

Embryo Freezing 







Egg Freezing 







Contact Information

Please call Michigan Reproductive Medicine at (248) 593-6990 or visit our website at http://www.mireproductivemedicine.com/ to find out more about your fertility preservation options.

Michigan Reproductive Medicine

41000 Woodward Ave., Suite 100 East

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Phone: 248-593-6990

Fax: 248-593-5925




Michael S. Mersol-Barg, MD, Director, Michigan Reproductive Medicine

Email: Oncofertility@mireproductivemedicine.com





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