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01/17/2008 12:25 AM ID: 67705 Permalink   

Young Cancer Victims Denied Access to Fertility Treatments


Access to NHS fertility treatment is being denied to young cancer victims, says a report by leading doctors. Men and women who may be left infertile after grueling cancer treatment are not always offered egg, sperm and embryo storage.

These things should be routinely available for them say the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). In the UK 11,000 people a year under the age of 40 are diagnosed with cancer, most of them can be cured with modern treatments.

A survey by Cancer Backup found that 23% of primary care trusts do not provide counseling to warn patients that cancer treatment may make them infertile, 19% fail to fund storage for sperm and 37% fail to provide facilities for women to freeze eggs.

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