SOURCE: Fertile Hope

October 04, 2005 06:00 ET

Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center Recognized as the First Fertile Hope Center of Excellence

Stanford Comprehensive Cancer Center Will Receive Designation at Annual Fertile Hope Fundraiser in San Francisco Next Month

CLEVELAND, OH and NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 4, 2005 -- The Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center and Fertile Hope, a non-profit organization that helps cancer patients faced with infertility, announce today that the Taussig Cancer Center has been named a Fertile Hope Center of Excellence (COE).

The Clinic's cancer center is the first medical center to receive the designation as part of The Fertile Hope Center of Excellence program (COE). The program is designed to ensure that all age-appropriate cancer patients are informed of their fertility risks prior to treatment and was inspired by President Bush's Cancer Panel's fertility recommendations from its annual cancer report -- Translating Research Into Cancer Care: Delivering on the Promise 2004-2005. This is the first program of its kind to address fertility preservation and parenthood options, two key concerns for cancer survivors.

Following the Taussig Cancer Center's designation, Stanford Comprehensive Cancer Center will also be named a Center of Excellence at next month's "A Magical Night," Fertile Hope's annual fundraiser which takes place in San Francisco, Friday, Oct. 7.

"The collaboration between Fertile Hope and the Taussig Cancer Center provides the perfect vehicle for advancing options for people of reproductive age who are preparing for cancer treatment," said Derek Raghavan, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman of the Clinic's Taussig Cancer Center. "Through this program we will provide our patients with the information and guidance they need to learn more about their options."

"As a member of the President's Cancer Panel, I appreciate the enormous impact the Centers of Excellence program will have on the cancer community," said Lance Armstrong, a Member of the President's Cancer Panel and Founder of the Lance Armstrong Foundation. "As a cancer survivor, the opportunity to become a father after my treatment gives me personal insight into the importance of the proactive work being done by Fertile Hope in this crucial area of survivorship. The Lance Armstrong Foundation is a proud partner in this groundbreaking effort."

Although nearly 90% of patients diagnosed with cancer during their reproductive years are at risk for infertility, studies have shown that less than 10% of oncologists admit to informing all eligible patients about their risks and options.

"Proper informed consent is good medicine and good business," said Lindsay Beck, a two-time cancer survivor and Founder and Executive Director of Fertile Hope. "Cancer centers now have the opportunity to be recognized for addressing one of the top survivorship concerns, while patients can be empowered with the information they need to make personal, educated decisions. It is a win-win all around."

To qualify as a Fertile Hope Center of Excellence, cancer centers must demonstrate that:

--  All people of reproductive age who are treated for cancer are given
    complete information, both verbally and in writing, about their
    reproductive risks and options for preserving fertility before cancer
    therapy, chemotherapy, radiation and/or surgery, is initiated;
--  Educational resources are available for healthcare professionals,
    patients and survivors; and
--  Referrals are provided to appropriate specialists, internally or
    externally, for fertility preservation and/or parenthood after cancer.
In addition, it is preferred, but not mandatory, that a center demonstrate that research on cancer-related infertility, pregnancy after cancer and/or parenthood after cancer is underway.

For more information about Fertile Hope, the Centers of Excellence Program or to purchase tickets for A Magical Night log on to

About Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center

Dedicated July 12, 2000, the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center is one of the most advanced centers for cancer treatment, research and education in the world. Over two hundred fifty physicians in a variety of specialties help to treat cancer at The Cleveland Clinic, and scores of basic and clinical research projects relating to cancer are under way here at any given time. The Taussig Cancer Center is connected to the Callahan Center for Radiation Oncology and Robotics, one of seven sites in the country designated by the Food and Drug Administration for field-testing of a new robotic radiotherapy system. The Taussig Cancer Center was named in memory of Daniel T. Taussig, who founded Taussig's Graphic Supply Inc. Mr. Taussig died of cancer in 1996. The Taussig family provided a generous lead gift toward the construction of the new Cancer Center.

About Stanford Cancer Center

Stanford Hospitals and Clinics is a university-owned, non-profit corporation known for advanced patient care. The 613-bed in Northern California consistently ranks among the top in the nation in surveys by consumers and health professionals. Stanford Hospitals and Clinics, in cooperation with Stanford University Medical School, has pioneered medical advances that save lives and protect against disease. For more information, visit their web site at:

About Fertile Hope

Fertile Hope is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility. Through programs of awareness, education, financial assistance, research and support, Fertile Hope is helping cancer survivors fulfill their parenthood dreams. For more information, please call (888) 994-HOPE or visit

Contact Information

    Michael Volpatt
    Angela Kiska
    (Taussig Cancer Center)