Tampa, FL (Jan.11, 2007) Surviving cancer doesn’t always end with cancer treatment. Many patients are concerned about preserving their fertility. Gwendolyn P. Quinn, Ph.D., member of the Cancer Control & Prevention Program at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, has received a $465,000 grant from the American Cancer Society to address doctors’ discussion of fertility preservation with cancer patients.
“This is an opportunity to learn from physicians about how to prepare patients for survivorship and improve the patient-physician communication process,” said Quinn, the principal investigator on the project. “The science of fertility preservation has superseded our ability to understand the psychosocial and behavioral implications of fertility for cancer patients and health care providers.”
Cancer treatment often renders patients sterile. There are new technologies and procedures available that may help patients preserve fertility before they begin treatment. However, physicians may not discuss these options.
The grant will be used for research on the barriers oncologists face in discussing fertility preservation with patients of childbearing age. The research will include interviews and surveys of oncologists, nurses and social workers. Susan Vadaparampil, Ph.D. of Moffitt is the co-principal investigator along with a team of Moffitt and University of South Florida (USF) physicians. The long-term goal is to develop a broad agenda for the best ways of informing and educating health care providers and patients about maintaining fertility.
About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute ###
Located in Tampa, Florida on the University of South Florida campus, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute (www.moffitt.org) is the only Florida-based cancer center with the NCI designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center for its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.