Oncofertility Consortium

The UF College of Medicine’s division of reproductive endocrinology & infertility is part of the Oncofertility Consortium, a national, interdisciplinary fertility preservation program. UF is one of the study sites in the National Institute of Health funded consortium.

For men, women and children who have been diagnosed with cancer, discussing treatment options with his or her physician may bring more question than answers, such as how cancer treatment will effect fertility and what options are available to preserve fertility.

To help answer some of these questions, Oncofertility Consortium provides new fertility preservation options to patients who have been diagnosed with cancer or other serious diseases and who must undergo potentially fertility-threatening treatment.

Alice Rhoton-Vlasak, MD, a UF reproductive endocrinologist, works with patients who are looking to preserve their fertility by storing sperm and embryos. Patients who meet study criteria can also have strips of ovarian tissue frozen to preserve some of the eggs, and doctors are developing a protocol to freeze eggs, a delicate process that requires significant training.