(Sioux Falls, SD) A cancer patient faces many challenges including the possibility the treatments meant to save their life may impact fertility. Sanford Clinic Women’s Health is committed to helping those cancer patients by partnering with Fertile Hope. Fertile Hope is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility.
“Cancer fighting treatments continue to advance, but many cancer patients are still faced with infertility or even sterility after their treatments are complete,” says Maria Bell, MD, a gynecologic oncologist with Sanford Clinic Women’s Health. “While several fertility preservation options are available before or after treatments, they are often underutilized due to lack of awareness or financial resources.”
Through this affiliation, Sanford Clinic Women’s Health is discounting fertility services for cancer patients as well as providing oncologists detailed information about the options available to their patients.
“We have a growing range of options available for men, women, and even children undergoing chemotherapy, radiation or surgery,” says Keith Hansen, MD, a reproductive endocrinologist with Sanford Clinic. “People faced with cancer treatments need to know there is hope of having a family after they survive cancer.”
According to Fertile Hope, there are more than 130,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year who are in their reproductive years (0-45).
About Sanford Clinic Women’s Health
Sanford Clinic Women’s Health includes a broad range of physician specialists who provide women with comprehensive woman's healthcare. The clinic services span multiple specialties including high risk obstetrics, infertility and gynecological cancer are provided for women of all ages. For more information, contact Sanford Clinic Women’s Health at 605-328-8800.
About Fertile Hope
Fertile Hope is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility. In addition to robust programs in areas of awareness, education and support, Fertile Hope operates the only fertility preservation financial assistance program for cancer patients, including a program for men to help reduce the cost of sperm banking. For more information, to apply for financial assistance or to make a donation, please visit www.fertilehope.org.
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