The practice of oncology nursing encompasses the roles of direct caregiver, educator, consultant, administrator, and researcher. Oncology nursing extends to all care delivery settings where patients experiencing, or at risk for developing, cancer receive health care, education, and counseling for all issues surrounding cancer diagnosis and treatment.
The Oncology Nurse plays a vital role in helping a newly diagnosed cancer patient explore fertility options. Many times, the nurse is the first person to discuss fertility with a patient. With an interdisciplinary approach, the nurse can help explain fertility preservation and most importantly, direct a patient where to find more information.
If you are a nurse practicing in a different health care specialty, you may find our non-malignant condition summaries helpful. Many patients have non-malignant conditions (or treatments) which impair fertility. Learn more about these conditions as well as the available fertility preservation options.
The Decision Tool Web Portal is a library of existing oncofertility decision aids designed to help nurses stay up to date on fertility preservation techniques and technology; learn communication strategies for discussing fertility preservation options with patients of all ages and their family members; and access print and online patient educational resources.
The Oncofertility Consortium® offers many educational resources for nurses in addition to our web portal, such as virtual grand rounds on pediatric and young adult survivorship issues and clinical information for reproductive specialists.
To refer a patient for a fertility preservation consultation, call the Oncofertility Consortium® FERTline at 312-503-FERT or 866-708-FERT and print out this flyer to give to your patient.
The Oncofertility Consortium® works with many advocacy organizations and support groups to provide young cancer patients with support and assistance regarding fertility, reproductive health, and quality of life throughout survivorship.
Patients are often concerned about the cost of fertility preservation procedures. To learn more about oncofertility and insurance coverage, read Incorporating Insurance Education into the Fertility Preservation Process from Oncofertility Communication (2014) or check out the Oncofertility Consortium® blog post on Insurance Coverage for Fertility Preservation.
Do you have patients interested in fertility preservation and in need of financial aid? Fertile Action can help! Fertile Action offers financial aid for women with recent cancer diagnoses interested in fertility preservation. The advocacy organization provides additional financial information and resources, as well as online support groups for patients.