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NCCN Guidelines for Patients
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: Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults
Version 2013
Part 3: Preparing for the future
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Table 3. Fertility preservation methods
Method
Description
Approximate Cost
For Women
Radiation shielding
Use of lead shields to protect ovaries during
radiation treatment
Included in cost of radiation therapy
Embryo freezing
Use of hormone treatment, egg extraction, and IVF
to produce embryos that can be frozen for later
implantation
$12,000 per IVF attempt, plus
storage fees
Ovarian transposition
Surgical repositioning of healthy ovaries so they are
out of the radiation field
Variable—may be covered by insurance
Experimental Options
Egg freezing
Extraction and storage of unfertilized eggs
$12,000 per extraction attempt,
plus storage fees
Ovarian tissue freezing Removal of healthy ovarian tissue (or whole ovary)
for transplantation back into the body after treatment $17,000 or more, plus storage fees
Ovarian suppression
Medication to stop the ovaries from producing eggs
during the treatment process
Up to $1,000 per month
For Men
Radiation shielding
Use of lead shields to protect testicles during
radiation treatment
Included in cost of radiation therapy
Sperm banking
Collection and storage of ejaculate
$675 to $2,000, plus storage fees
Experimental Options
Testicular sperm extraction Extraction of sperm from testicular tissue
Cost varies
These techniques have not been proven to be effective, and generally are not covered by insurance.
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