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Fertility and Pregnancy

In addition to our programs and services for blood cancer patients, families and caregivers, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is pleased to offer an extensive directory of national and international resources. These organizations can help with cancer-related issues like financial assistance, support and counseling, assistance with transportation, and summer camps.

Disclaimer: These resources are regularly reviewed to ensure that links still work correctly and the resources listed continue to be helpful to our visitors. If you find that a link isn't working or information is incorrect or if you'd like to have your own organization listed here, please email infocenter@lls.org. Because we want to be sure that our visitors find the most relevant resources, we encourage you to visit the organization's website for more detailed information.

2-1-1

2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Services vary from community to community.

Examples of service referrals include:

  • Basic human need resources: food banks, clothing, shelters, rent assistance and utility assistance
  • Physical and mental health resources: medical information lines, crisis intervention services, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention
  • Employment support: unemployment benefits, financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance and education programs
  • Support for older Americans and persons with disabilities: home healthcare, adult daycare, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, transportation and homemaker services
  • Support for children, youth and families: childcare, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring and protective services.

Everyone in the U.S. (check the website for availability in your area)

http://www.211.org/

2-1-1 Canada

2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Services vary from community to community.

Examples of service referrals include:

  • Health services and support
  • Financial and social assistance
  • Housing and utility help
  • Food assistance and meal programs
  • Senior services and home care
  • Government program assistance
  • Parenting and family programs
  • Disability support services
  • Volunteer organizations
  • Newcomer services
  • Mental health support

Certain sections of Canada (check the website for availability in your area)

http://www.211.ca

Alliance for Fertility Preservation

To increase information, resources and access to fertility preservation for cancer patients and for the healthcare professionals who treat them.

  • Website provides information about fertility preservation, costs, and financial resources.  Includes podcasts and videos.
  • Advocates to raise awareness for patients to be fully informed about their options as well as the ability to access these options.

Cancer patients, survivors, health care professionals

925-290-8950 https://www.allianceforfertilitypreservation.org/

American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)

ASRM is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the advancement of the art, science and practice of reproductive medicine. The Society accomplishes its mission through the pursuit of excellence in education and research and through advocacy on behalf of patients, physicians, and affiliated health care providers.

  • Provides educational materials on infertility, menopause, contraception, reproductive surgery, endometriosis, and other reproductive disorders
  • Offers Find a Health Professional Search tool via the website.

Patients, caregivers and health professionals in the U.S.

205-978-5000 http://www.asrm.org/

Fertility Authority

To be a comprehensive, interactive online network for women — and men — seeking fertility and infertility information, advice, referrals and appointments. Our website is designed to provide quality information on a wide range of fertility topics, as well as simplify your search for a trusted fertility doctor or fertility clinic.

Women and men seeking fertility and infertility information, advice, referrals and appointments to local specialists

Website only http://www.fertilityauthority.com/

Heart Beat

For patients pursuing fertility preservation services prior to cancer treatment, Ferring Pharmaceuticals and Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy have developed the Heart Beat program to help ease some of the financial burden.

  • The Heart Beat program offers fertility medications to eligible patients at no cost and with no financial requirements
  • Patient must be a US citizen or permanent resident with cancer treatment not yet initiated
  • No chemotherapy within the previous 6 months
  • Oncologist and reproductive endocrinologist have determined that fertility preservation treatment is medically appropriate
  • Note: Patients with a federal health care program or State Medicaid are not eligible.

Female patients with a diagnosis of any cancer

888-347-3415. Residents of AR, MA or NJ call 877-252-0553. https://www.ferringfertility.com/savings/heartbeat/

MotherToBaby

A service of the non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS), MotherToBaby is dedicated to providing evidence-based information to mothers, health professionals, and the general public about medications and other exposures during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

  • Offers confidential telephone services that provide accurate and current information about the possible effects of a particular drug or substance on a pregnancy or while breastfeeding
  • Supports and contributes to worldwide initiatives for teratology education and research.

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding

866-626-6847 http://www.mothertobaby.org

The Oncofertility Consortium

The Oncofertility Consortium® is a national, interdisciplinary initiative designed to explore the reproductive future of cancer survivors.

  • Provides information about fertility preservation or referral to a fertility preservation center
  • SaveMyFertility.org is a web-based resource which educates healthcare providers, patients, and patients' families about fertility preservation options when faced with a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment.

Cancer patients, health professionals, researchers and educators

866-708-3378 http://oncofertility.northwestern.edu

The SAMFund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer

The SAMFund supports young adult cancer survivors in the U.S. as they recover from the financial impact of cancer treatment. Through direct financial assistance, in-person and online support, The SAMFund helps young adults move forward towards their personal, professional, and educational goals.

  • Grants cover a wide range of post-treatment financial needs (must be related to the cancer experience), such as current and residual medical bills, car and health insurance premiums, rent/mortgage, Continuing education, utilities, family-building expenses, gym memberships and mental health expenses
  • The 2-part application process is open in January and June of each year
  • Webinars provide information on a range of Young Adult issues and challenges including dealing with medical debt, employment, insurance, and fertility.

Young adult cancer survivors between the ages of 21 and 39, finished with active treatment and residents of the U.S.

617-938-3484 http://www.thesamfund.org/

LIVESTRONG Foundation

To inspire and empower people affected by cancer; to provide support to guide people through the cancer experience, bring them together to fight cancer—and work for a world in which their fight is no longer necessary.

  • Provides information on topics that influence the “physical, emotional and practical” effects of cancer
  • Provides free, confidential, one-on-one support to anyone affected by cancer, not just patients, through education, referrals and counseling services
  • Planet Cancer connects young adults and helps them access support, advocacy and resources.
  • LIVESTRONG Fertility - Dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility.
  • Maintains a list of LIVESTRONG Survivorship Centers of Excellence, which is comprised of National Cancer Institute(NCI) Comprehensive Cancer Centers
  • Offers The LIVESTRONG Guidebook to help cancer patients and survivors as they navigate the health care system.

Cancer patients and survivors in the U.S.

855-220-7777 http://www.livestrong.org/

Pregnancy & Cancer Registry

To collect information about the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in pregnancy, and to study the health of pregnant women with a history of cancer and their children.

  • Gathers information about cancer found and treated during pregnancy at various hospitals into a single database.
  • Designed to follow women and their children through diagnosis, treatment, delivery, childhood, adolescence and beyond.

Pregnant women with cancer, caregivers, survivors, health professionals

877-635-4499 http://www.cancerandpregnancy.com/

Resolve: The National Infertility Association

To provide timely, compassionate support and information to people who are experiencing infertility and to increase awareness of infertility issues through public education and advocacy.

  • Offers infertility and family-building information, online resources and support, educational podcasts and webcasts, newsletter, speaker bureau, support group directory, professional services directory.

Men and women with infertility

703-556-7172 http://www.resolve.org/