Moffitt Cancer Center Researcher Appointed To National LIVESTRONG Committee

October 01, 2009

Tampa, FL— Gwendolyn P. Quinn, Ph.D., has been appointed to the national LIVESTRONG Fertility Advisory Committee for a two-year term. The Lance Armstrong Foundation and Fertile Hope, a national nonprofit fertility organization, have joined together to develop the new committee.

The goal of the committee is to advise the foundation on how to best meet the reproductive needs of those affected by cancer. The committee will guide the foundation through various programs and policy activities, including guidance regarding the continuation of Fertile Hope’s programs.

Quinn was chosen for this role based on her experience and commitment to cancer-related infertility and parenthood after cancer.

“I am honored to have been appointed to this committee and I look forward to the expanded efforts the Lance Armstrong Foundation and Fertile Hope will accomplish to ensure that all young cancer patients are informed about fertility prior to treatment,” Quinn said.

Quinn has conducted behavioral research in assessing the barrier to fertility preservation discussion and referral among newly diagnosed cancer patients. Her recent study on physicians and fertility discussion will appear in the October issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Quinn is the co-director of the Survey Methods Core Facility. She works with the Department of Health Outcomes & Behavior along with the Department of Psychosocial & Palliative Care.

About the Lance Armstrong Foundation At the Lance Armstrong Foundation, we fight for the 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. There can be – and should be – life after cancer for more people. That's why we kick in at the moment of diagnosis, giving people the resources and support they need to fight cancer head-on. We find innovative ways to raise awareness, fund research and end the stigma about cancer that many survivors face. We connect people and communities to drive social change, and we call for state, national and world leaders to help fight this disease. Anyone anywhere can join our fight against cancer. Join us at www.livestrong.org.

About Fertile Hope

Fertile Hope is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility. In addition to robust programs in areas of awareness, education and support, Fertile Hope operates the only fertility preservation financial assistance program for cancer patients, including a program for men to help reduce the cost of sperm banking. For more information, to apply for financial assistance or to make a donation, please visit www.fertilehope.org or call (888) 994-HOPE

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center  is an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center — a designation that recognizes Moffitt’s 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.

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