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Living Right: Fertility Options Before Cancer Treatments

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Each year more than 10,000 children under age 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in the US.  

Most of these kids just hope for a cure, and don't think of much else.  

Doctor Su says finances are a very big issue for young patients.  

More than half of the patients she sees cannot afford the fertility preserving procedures which can cost upwards of $10,000.  

Most insurances don't cover them.  

And then keeping the eggs frozen can run up to $50 a month.  

Programs like Fertile Hope and Heart Beat often provide financial assistance and free fertility medications.

But as Sara Simnitch explains in tonight's Living Right, many children and their parents are now considering fertility options before they undergo cancer treatments.