- The National Cancer Institute estimates that each year nearly one-quarter (133,000) of all new cancer diagnoses will impact women AND men of reproductive age.
- Only 50% of adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer are told that cancer treatments can cause infertility.
- Cancer patients have a very short window to decide to preserve fertility prior to treatment or in between surgery and chemotherapy.
- That’s why we are talking about this issue so you know what to ask your providers when you see them again.
- Because cost is a major barrier. Nearly 33% of male and 20% of female cancer patients diagnosed between 15 and 39 years of age identify cost as the primary reason for not arranging for fertility preservation prior to treatment.
- Male preservation costs up to $700 for analysis and up to $400 annually for storage.
- Female fertility preservation can cost a minimum of $15,000…this does not include future cost of implantation.
- But don’t worry there are several resources that will help:
- Not so fast. A cancer diagnosis bars Americans from adopting internationally.
- In the United states, one adoption agency could require additional costly medical exams while another may require the survivor to remain cancer free for a number of years (varies by the state).
- Not to forget to mention… adoption can cost on average $20,000-$30,000 and there is no federal refund to assist with adoption.
- Adolescent and young adult cancer survivors are 1.5 times more likely than women of a similar age without a cancer history, to deliver before full gestation or an underweight child.
- Also, they are also more likely to undergo cesarean sections.
- Unfortunately NCI only tracks mortality and secondary cancers. We don’t completely know the long term effects of any cancer treatment including to your fertility and ability to naturally have a child.
- Require payors that provide fertility benefits to extend coverage to patients before cancer treatment begins and not upon a diagnosis of infertility;
- Ensure patients are charged the same fees for fertility service;
- Create a federal adoption tax refund available for all Americans pursuing adoption and set guidelines for access to alternatives to fertility preservation; and
- Support research to better understand the long-term treatment effects experienced by 15-39 year olds diagnosed with cancer including but not limited to family building.
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