Ontario's support for IVF positive news for cancer patients - Keeping the Hope Alive

OTTAWA, Oct. 2, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Fertile Future, a Canadian national charity that provides fertility preservation information and support services to cancer patients and oncology professionals, is highly supportive of Ontario's move to provide IVF funding to individuals struggling with infertility. Many questions remain surrounding the details of the funding, particularly what kind of coverage will be given to individuals diagnosed with cancer. Cancer patients have a very small window of opportunity in which to preserve their fertility prior to cancer treatment.

While this announcement certainly is a step in the right direction, the potential for fertility preservation funding for cancer patients will not minimize our presence in this province as we continue to push for greater awareness, particularly at the time of diagnosis. "Fertile Future will continue to raise funds to support patient treatments where needed in the rest of Canada and will focus its energies in Ontario on educating oncologists and the general public about fertility preservation as well as in the rest of Canada." Said Mark Evans, newly elected President of Fertile Future.

For Fertile Future, this is not only an issue of support for those facing infertility, but of helping cancer patients see a future beyond their cancer treatments. That is the essence of the Power of Hope Cost Reduction program. That hope should be accessible to all Ontarians facing fertility-threatening cancer diagnoses every year; individuals that would otherwise not explore fertility preservation as an option due to the high costs associated with sperm and egg freezing.

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Fertile Future is national Canadian charity that provides fertility preservation information and support services to cancer patients and oncology professionals. Each year, an estimated 10,000 young Canadians face a cancer diagnosis. Approximately 8,000 of them will win this battle. Without knowing the importance of fertility preservation prior to their treatment, many are left infertile with few options. Fertile Future aspires to change this reality for cancer patients. Our mission is to inform, educate and support cancer patients who are facing fertility-risking medical treatment, and oncology professionals who are providing this care.

 

SOURCE Fertile Future

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For further information: Jessica Séguin, Executive Director - (O)613-440-3302 (C)613-818-1602, jessica.seguin@fertilefuture.ca

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