Oncofertility options are limited by time and cost for many
In an article featured on ABC News, Women & Infants’ Fertility Center’s Dr. Eden Cardozo shared her expertise on the fertility preservation process for those needing cancer treatments that can cause infertility. Dr. Cardozo was instrumental in passing the current oncofertility legislation in Rhode Island, which covers the cost of procedures like egg freezing.
“[Patients] have to move quickly,” Dr. Cardozo said. “They don’t have time to raise funds from family and friends. They don’t have time to petition their insurance company.”
Also featured in:
Tonic: “Cancer Treatment Can Make People Infertile, But Insurance Companies Aren’t Always Willing to Help”
Kaiser Health News: “When Cancer Strikes the Young, Infertility Can Result; Now States Act to Help”
About Women & Infants Hospital
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the ninth largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.
Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.
Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.