EFFECTIVE CANCER TREATMENTS MEAN MORE YOUNG CANCER PATIENTS ARE SURVIVING.
THE SAME MEDICATIONS THAT ARE SAVING THEIR LIVES ARE ALSO KILLING THEIR CHANCES OF HAVING CHILDREN.
FROM STUDYING CHEMISTRY TO WINNING HOMECOMING QUEEN.
LIFE FOR STRAIGHT-A STUDENT JULIANNE MAI WAS ALL ABOUT SCHOOL, UNTIL A FEW WEEKS AGO.
"I guess I was kind of speechless, sorry. I didn't think that someone like me could have cancer."
NOW JULIANNE'S ON HER SECOND ROUND OF CHEMO. NOT ONLY IS SHE FIGHTING CANCER, SHE ALSO HAD TO MAKE A CHOICE ABOUT HER FUTURE AS A PARENT.
"Being a 17-year-old, babies aren't exactly what I have in mind all the time. It's just school and my boyfriend."
IT'S A DECISION 130-THOUSAND NEWLY--DIAGNOSED CANCER PATIENTS OF REPRODUCTIVE AGE MUST MAKE EVERY YEAR.
DOCTOR STEVEN LINDHEIM HEADS UP ONE OF 50 NATIONAL ONCOFERTILITY SITES ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM.
"What we can provide for them is the ability after they've done their therapy to still have a family."
SINCE JULIANNE NEEDED CHEMO RIGHT AWAY, SHE OPTED TO HAVE ONE OF HER OVARIES REMOVED AND FROZEN FOR THE FUTURE.
"To date ovaries, have been transplanted either back in the forearm or chest wall." THAT'S BECAUSE OF THE RICH BLOOD SUPPLY FOUND THERE. LATER, IN-VITRO FERTILIZATION CAN TAKE PLACE. THE TECHNIQUE IS STILL EXPERIMENTAL AND HAS ONLY RESULTED IN 18 PREGNANCIES WORLDWIDE.
"It's a new process. I don't know if it's going to work, but it's for 10 years from now."
FOR NOW, SHE'S TAKING HER CANCER ONE DAY AT A TIME.
"Trying to get my life back."
IN MANY CASES FERTILITY PRESERVATION OPTIONS ARE NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE.
THE AVERAGE COST OF OVARIAN TISSUE FREEZING IS 12-THOUSAND DOLLARS.
DOCTOR LINDHEIM ALSO WORKS WITH LIVESTRONG'S SHARING HOPE AND SAYS THE FOUNDATION CAN HELP PATIENTS ARRANGE FOR DISCOUNTED SERVICES AND DONATED MEDICATIONS.
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