Cancer can be quite an overwhelming experience. People are faced with not only the difficult news but also making quick decisions that will affect their future health and potentially their fertility. For those who would like to have children cancer and its treatment can potentially take that option away.
The specific type of cancer, location of the disease, the patient’s age and overall health, and their response to treatment. are all factors to consider. However, there are ways for one to preserve their fertility before and during treatment.
For women, fertility preservation options include oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing), ovarian tissue freezing, embryo banking, ovarian shielding, ovarian transposition, fertility-sparing surgery, and ovarian suppression. For men, options include sperm banking, testicular sperm extraction (TESE), radiation shielding, and testicular tissue freezing.
The decision to preserve their fertility offers hope for the future but then comes with the added worry about the cost involved. Fortunately for those going through these treatments resources exist. They can apply for financial assistance from programs such as Livestrong Fertility, a service provided by the Livestrong Foundation that is dedicated to helping cancer patients and survivors access fertility preservation services and treatments.
Neway Fertility is a Livestrong Fertility program partner, joining nearly 400 centers across the country that offer discounted services to cancer survivors through the Livestrong Fertility Financial Assistance program. Qualified applicants can also get assistance with their fertility medications.