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NCI Cancer Bulletin for March 22, 2011

Posted Mar 24 2011 9:15pm


Fertility Still Possible for Many Male Cancer Survivors, Study Finds

A child sitting on his father's shoulders Many male survivors of childhood cancer have long been thought to be sterile and, therefore, incapable of conceiving a child. But a new study suggests that conception and fatherhood may be possible for a substantial number of these men, through the use of a surgical procedure to retrieve healthy sperm combined with a form of in vitro fertilization. 

In the retrospective study, researchers from New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center showed that nearly 2 decades after cancer treatment, healthy sperm could be retrieved from the testicles of more than one-third of male cancer survivors who had a condition in which no viable sperm was detectable in their semen. Read more > >


Devastation and Hope: An NCI Scientist's First-Hand Account of Japan's Resilience

by Dr. James L. Gulley

As the horrifying events and aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami continue to unfold on our television and computer screens, it’s difficult to imagine how any nation could recover from such calamities. But, based on what I personally witnessed, I have great hope for Japan’s future.  Read more > >

Dr. James L. Gulley

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Tile of NCI at AACR 2011 The American Association for Cancer Research 102nd Annual Meeting will take place April 2–6 in Orlando, FL. Click on the tile to learn more about NCI-sponsored sessions and activities at the NCI exhibit booth. Look for highlights from the meeting in the April 5 issue of the NCI Cancer Bulletin.

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    FDA Update

    • Menthol Cigarettes Adversely Affect Public Health, FDA Advisory Committee Finds


    • National Cancer Clinical Trials Cooperative Groups Announce Mergers
    • Research Symposium on Radiation and Cancer Honors Dr. Elaine Ron
    • Funding to Support Collaborations between U.S. and Chinese Scientists

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