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New Website Assists Young Adults Wishing to Learn about Their Reproductive Options after Cancer


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Treatment for certain diseases like cancer may affect your fertility. This means that it may not be possible for you to have a child naturally. A new website has just been launched to provide assistance to young patients wishing to learn about their reproductive options in the midst of a cancer diagnosis. Patients and their clinicians can go to the new Patient Navigator for Fertility Preservation website, which includes an interactive tool to provide information for males and females, before or after puberty, and before, during, or after cancer treatment.

Kristin Smith, the Oncofertility Consortium patient navigator for Fertility Preservation, is experienced at talking to survivors about the best reproductive options available to them at all stages of treatment. Now, through a new website, FertilityPreservation.Northwestern.edu, survivors can get her support, virtually.

A new website has just been launched to provide assistance to young patients wishing to learn about their reproductive options in the midst of a cancer diagnosis.

You can learn more about your options for family building and watch and listen to patient stories through links on the website that include:

What are my options?

  • The decision tree can help you explore options for family building before, during and after treatment.

Personal Stories

  • Stories shared are from actual patients who underwent fertility preservation.

Tutorials

  • Egg and Embryo Banking
  • Ovarian Tissue Cryopreservation
  • Normal male Fertility
  • Normal Female Fertility

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Kristin Smith, the Oncofertility Consortium patient navigator for Fertility Preservation, answers the national FERTline hotline at (312) 503-3378 (FERT). For more information, visit FertilityPreservation.Northwestern.edu.

This article was published in Coping® with Cancer magazine, September/October 2012.