The high cost of reproductive services can be a barrier for cancer patients who need to undergo fertility preservation treatments quickly, before they begin their cancer treatments. The programs listed below may help patients offset some of those costs.
The Heart Beat Program is offered by Ferring Pharmaceuticals and Walgreens Pharmacy. The program provides free medications for egg and embryo freezing for women who are newly diagnosed with cancer. Program details can be found here:
LIVESTRONG Fertility offers a financial assistance program for newly diagnosed men and women who are seeking to bank sperm, eggs or embryos prior to cancer treatment. Applications for the program can be found here:
Team Maggie's purpose is to provide financial assistance to young women and men for the purpose of preserving eggs and sperm.
It is estimated that over 50% of patients who seek treatment do not have any level of fertility medical or drug coverage. The First Steps program takes into consideration household income and hardship cases to provide eligible patients with a 5%, 25%, 50%, or 75% discount off their fertility drug cost.
The SAM Fund provides scholarships to young adult cancer survivors for a wide range of cancer-associated costs. They offer two categories of family building grants: Storage of eggs, embryos or sperm (up to $1000.00) and Expenses for fertility procedures such as testing, IUI, IVF, gestational carrier, adoption, etc. (up to $4000).
The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation’s Family Building Grant is an annual award that provides up to $10,000 to needy, infertile families. These grants assist with the costs associated with infertility treatment or domestic adoption. Applications for the program can be found here:
The Nest Egg Foundation currently works only with Connecticut and New York residents.
Nest Egg Foundation Inc. is a Connecticut-based tax exempt 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. Founded in 2015, the organization provides financial grants for IVF treatment to those who have been unable to start their families due to financial need.