SOURCE: Fertile Hope

November 18, 2008 08:30 ET

Fertile Hope Launches 1st Online Fertility Options Calculator for Cancer Patients & Survivors

One-of-a-Kind Tool Personalizes the Educational Experience to Address Survivors' Top Concern

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 18, 2008) - Fertile Hope announces the first online fertility options calculator for cancer patients and survivors. The majority of young adult cancer patients are at risk for infertility from their cancer treatments and have limited time to learn their risks and act on available fertility preservation options. To serve this need, Fertile Hope built a revolutionary new educational tool with the stress, emotions and time sensitivity of the patient in mind. Available exclusively at www.fertilehope.org, the options calculator allows users to input personal information, access family building options, and act quickly on the information.

"Newly diagnosed with cancer it was challenging, emotional and stressful to dive into the reproductive world to decide which fertility preservation options were best for me," said Melissa Schiller, 3.5-year Hodgkins Lymphoma cancer survivor and new mom thanks to embryos she froze before cancer treatments. "A decision tool like Fertile Hope's new options calculator would have been an invaluable resource -- a time saver and stress reliever!"

Instead of overwhelming patients with a laundry list of options, users see only what is relevant to their situation. For example, if a woman is an ovarian cancer survivor who had her ovaries removed, she doesn't want have to sort through information about egg freezing or ovarian tissue freezing. The calculator can also be used by oncology healthcare professionals to provide customized information for their patients.

"Our goal with the options calculator is to make information personal and actionable. Whether someone was diagnosed with cancer today or is a long-term survivor, they can enter their personal information into the calculator and receive customized information about their parenthood options," said Lindsay Nohr Beck, 8-year cancer survivor, new mom, and the Founder and Executive Director of Fertile Hope. "The results are as unique as the people who come to us."

The calculator works in conjunction with Fertile Hope's "Risk Calculator," which allows patients, survivors and healthcare professionals to see how specific cancer treatments may -- or may not -- affect fertility, and its "Find A Doctor" tool, which allows patients to search for physicians and services in their area. Whether someone is looking for a sperm bank, fertility clinic or adoption agency, they can quickly identify the treatments and services available in their community.

"When diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2007, I had limited time to understand my risks, explore my options, find a doctor in my area and pay for it all," said Mikiko Kaniike, who froze eggs as a recipient of Fertile Hope's Sharing Hope financial assistance program. "I needed information, referrals and financial assistance -- fast. Thanks to Fertile Hope, I got it. The options calculator is just another way Fertile Hope is raising the bar and improving the patient experience."

About Fertile Hope

Fertile Hope is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility. Fertile Hope is the only organization of its kind -- an unbiased source of cancer and fertility information not tied to any one specific institution, company, or expert. Driven by cancer survivors and patient advocates, Fertile Hope successfully operates programs in categories of awareness, education, financial assistance and support. For more information, or to make a donation, please call 888-994-HOPE or visit www.fertilehope.org.

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