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      I, personally, thought this module was extremely helpful as when we were given the two assignments, it was really inspiring but I wasn’t sure where to begin.  I am a social worker in a very large, adult cancer center/inpatient BMT unit that is a state institution and it is my role to assist patients with sperm banking when they are diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma and need urgent inpatient chemotherapy.  We do lots of research and attract some of the best physicians in the world but our growth has been phenomenally fast and explosive.  We are an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center so I know our leadership wants to be world-class, however because we are a state-funded institution, it is a very long and tedious process to begin a new program.  This module gave some clear steps on where to begin as well as strategies for winning over sceptics.  I would love to see our Cancer Center have their own fertility clinic (we have one on campus but patients and families have to go to another building and sometimes have to take their sperm collection there on a shuttle, and so forth) and have a fertility navigator as well.  Although I would suggest that role be an Oncology social worker, but that is my personal bias!

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      I also found this module to be very helpful. I am a PA in a Hematology/Medical Oncology with a background in OB/GYN and GYN Onc, so I was tasked with developing an Onco-fertility education and screening program in our practice. All new cancer patients under the age of 50 meet with me, either in person or virtually, within a few days of their initial oncology consultation. We discuss options for fertility preservation and I provide them with printed materials to bring home which reinforce what was discussed during the visit. If they elect to proceed, we have a streamlined approach for referral to a Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility specialist in our area. Thus far, the program has been successful and we anticipate it will continue to grow over time.

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