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The primary role of the patient navigator is to triage patients given critical time frames and support patients as they pursue options including health education and coordination of services, usually between the complex specialties of oncology, urology, and reproductive endocrinology. This flowchart demonstrates the pivotal role of the patient navigator in directing cancer patients towards fertility preservation services and summarizes available options for female and male patients. As a patient navigator, it is crucial to be a resource for referring physicians, patients and the whole community regarding fertility preservation services.
Patient navigators may also help patients with non-malignant conditions, whose disease (or treatment) may impair fertility.
There are multiple choices for patients when considering fertility preservation. It is the Patient Navigator’s job to help patients and physicians create a synergistic and interdisciplinary treatment regimen. Each patient needs an individualized consultation to determine the best and most mature technology available in their unique circumstances and according to their informed choice.
In addition to facilitating consultation, navigators play other important roles, such as:
- educate patients about available fertility preservation options
- direct patients to online resources
- inform program developers of unmet needs of the present patient education materials
- help drive the next generation of web, print, and smartphone materials
- provide financial information and advice regarding fertility preservation procedures
Education and Communication Strategies
The Oncofertility Consortium provides many education and communication tools for fertility preservation patient navigators. The Decision Tool Web Portal is a library of existing oncofertility decision aids designed to help patient navigators 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.
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. You may be interested in connecting patients with community and online resources.
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.