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Physician Assistants in the Oncology Care Setting
Physician Assistants (PAs) are direct caregivers, educators, consultants, administrators, and researchers. Oncology PAs extend their skills 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 PA plays a vital role in helping a newly diagnosed cancer patient explore fertility options. Many times, the PA is the first person to discuss the impact of cancer treatment on fertility with a patient. With an interdisciplinary approach, the PA can help provide fertility preservation education and most importantly, direct a patient where to find more information.
Physician Assistants and Non-Malignant Conditions
PAs practicing in health care specialties such as primary care, reproductive health, rheumatology, and oncology may find our non-malignant condition summaries helpful. Many patients have non-malignant conditions (or treatments) which impair fertility and may want to discuss fertility concerns with their care provider. 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 PAs 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 PAs 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.