Preserving Your Fertility before Cancer Treatment
Increasingly, people with cancer are surviving their disease, and many cancer survivors desire to have children. Cancer treatment can affect the reproductive systems of both men and women, making it difficult and sometimes impossible to conceive after chemo therapy or radiation therapy. However, fertility preservation and in-vitro fertilization are some options available to help cancer survivors conceive.
Time is often critical when making decisions about fertility preservation options. Here at Inspira, we are dedicated to providing our patients with reproductive information and support in a timely manner, to help them make active, informed decisions about fertility preservation options prior to cancer treatment.
Inspira’s Frank and Edith Scarpa Regional Cancer Pavilion has partnered with Delaware Valley Institute of Fertility and Genetics (DVIF&G) to assist patients with preserving fertility in cancer patients through its SEEDS® (semen, embryo, egg depository and storage) services available in South Jersey.
Services Available from DVIF&G:
What is the cost for fertility preservation?
As you know, the costs of cancer can be high and difficult to manage. Adding the costs of fertility preservation and parenthood after cancer treatment can often be prohibitive. However, there are options available. Some medical insurance plans may cover fertility preservation. Patients should check with their insurance company to see if coverage is available to them. Medicaid is not accepted, however, a discounted payment plan and other financial assistance programs may be available for those without financial means.
If you have fertility-related questions, consult with your oncologist or if you need to be referred to a financial counselor and would like to make an appointment please contact our Cancer Services Team at (856) 641-8670.