Featuring Kristin N. Smith, Program Manager for Fertility Preservation at Northwestern Medicine.
Kristen Smith is the Program Manager for Fertility Preservation, consults with all young, newly diagnosed oncology patients at Northwestern’s Lurie Cancer Center to help each patient understand their individual fertility risk associated with treatment as well as options for fertility preservation. She works extensively with young adult oncology survivors to help each patient explore their unique family building options and reproductive health post treatment. Kristin helps run the National Physician’s Cooperative of the Oncofertility Consortium by providing support across the country to providers who participate in national fertility preservation studies and answers the national fertility hotline to triage patients for fertility preservation across the country.
Oncolofertility Consortium- founded by Dr. Teresa Woodruff- a global initiative-http://oncofertility.northwestern.edu/
To find a clinic near you- https://oncofertility.northwestern.edu/find-a-clinic-or-center
Megan Connolly is a two-time cancer survivor, of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She was diagnosed at 19 years old and relapsed at 21. Megan had to undergo chemotherapy, total body radiation and a stem-cell transplant. A result of her aggressive treatment, Megan learned that she was at an increased risk of infertility due to the toxicity of her treatment. As a young woman she always knew she wanted to be a mother but had no idea that the treatment she needed to save her life, could take away the opportunity to have a biological child. Megan was fortunate enough to be referred to Kristin Smith and the Oncofertility team at Northwestern Medicine, and was able to harvest her eggs prior to treatment. Livestrong assisted her with medications and connections for egg harvesting. After two weeks of injections, she was able to harvest 7 eggs. She is so glad she was able to do this as one year after her transplant, Megan received the diagnosis of premature ovarian failure, at the young age of 22. It was in that heartbreaking moment, that Megan knew how fortunate she was to have been able to preserve her eggs, which inspired her to help others in similar situations.
She testified in the Illinois House and Senate to help pass Illinois HB2617, which mandates insurance companies to cover fertility preservation for patients who are at an increased risk of infertility due to a medical condition/treatment. Megan is also active in the young adult cancer community with organizations like Immerman Angels.
We acknowledge and thank the following Link Partners for their ongoing support.
• The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
• Incyte Corporation
• Pharmacyclics & Janssen