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Fertility in People Diagnosed with Cancer

Learn about the effects of HBOC on fertility and family planning, how pregnancy impacts hereditary cancer risk, and options for assisted reproduction.

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The SAMFund gives young adult survivors the tools and resources to overcome their financial challenges and move forward with their lives. They provide grants to help offset the costs of family building options/procedures including egg, embryo or sperm storage, IVF, IUI, gestational carrier, surrogacy, adoption, or fertility testing.

Alliance for Fertility Preservation
The mission of the Alliance for Fertility Preservation is to Increase information, resources and access to fertility preservation for cancer patients and the healthcare professionals who treat them. Their exclusive focus is fertility preservation for cancer patients.

Ferring/Walgreens Heart Beat Program
Ferring Pharmaceuticals and Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy have developed the Heart Beat program to ease some of the financial burden for cancer patients. The program offers eligible patients select fertility medications at no cost.

Once called Fertile Hope, the LIVESTRONG Fertility Discount Program helps reduce the cost of embryo freezing and egg freezing procedures at a reproductive center. It doesn’t provide grants to the patients, but instead works with companies and clinics to provide discounted services and donated medications for male and female cancer patients.

Sponsored by the National Infertility Association, Resolve provides a comprehensive list of financing, loan, and other programs aimed at easing the financial burden of infertility treatments.

ReproTech's goal is to make reproductive tissue banking services available to cancer patients, and all infertility patients wishing to preserve their fertility by making cryostorage more attainable, affordable and reliable, through ease of access, financial assistance, safety in shipping and security of storage.
Verna's Purse is a financial assistance program for patients facing fertility threatening treatment and economic challenges. Services include discounted long-term storage for clients with oocyte\ovarian tissue or embryos already in storage.

Baby Quest Foundation
Baby Quest Foundation is a non-profit organization whose goal is to grant financial assistance to those who cannot afford infertility treatments

 International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination
Each year, the International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination offers a national scholarship program designed to help couples who cannot afford IVF fertility treatments on their own. With this program, fertility doctors from respected fertility clinics from across the U.S. donate their services to needy couples. The program covers most of the basic IVF costs.

The Cade Foundation
The Cade Foundation has helps couples by providing grants to those struggling with infertility. The grant, which has a limit of $10,000 per family, helps couples pay for fertility treatment costs associated with fertility treatments or domestic adoption.

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