The provision of fertility preservation education for patients and families has become a standard of care in pediatric, adolescent, and young adult oncology care.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology built this standard into their 2018 Clinical Practice Guidelines and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network incorporated fertility preservation counseling and support for the adolescent and young adult (AYA) population into their 2020 AYA Guidelines. Children’s Wisconsin’s Hematology/Oncology/BMT division created a Fertility Navigation Program in 2019 to address this important standard of care and close a commonly identified gap that has the potential to impact our patients throughout the entire trajectory of their care, from diagnosis through survivorship. A Fertility Nurse Navigator role was created and a fertility team with MD, nursing and advanced practice provider support was established. This education session will describe our program development, goals, how we established collaborative relationships with related sub-specialties within and outside of our institution, and our involvement in the international Oncofertility field. We will share resources developed to streamline coordination of time-sensitive fertility preservation interventions and our process for assessment, documentation, and communication of fertility risk with the patient, family, and primary oncology team. Finally, our metrics for success will be defined and the next steps shared.
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