Episode 20: Oncofertility: Fighting for Fertility Preservation Coverage
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in light of this, we are dedicating four episodes to oncofertility – the bridge between oncology and reproductive research that explores and expands options for the reproductive future of cancer survivors.
In the second episode of the four-part series, we hear from cancer survivor Amanda Rice. When Amanda was diagnosed with breast cancer, her doctors recommended an aggressive treatment protocol that would potentially threaten her fertility. She had some fertility health insurance but when she called the insurance company, she found that they had illogical barriers that excluded her from coverage for fertility preservation.
After her intense physical and emotional battle of surviving cancer three times, Amanda decided she wanted to use her expertise in finance, fundraising, and project managing to help others. She created Chick Mission, a non-profit organization relentlessly focused on critical issues unique to cancer patients – including fertility challenges that may follow surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and drug treatment.
Guest: Amanda Rice, Founder and CEO of Chick Mission
Experts: Dr. Jennifer Levine, Weill Cornell Medicine and Alliance of Fertility Preservation, and Dr. Thomas Molinaro, Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey
Host: Lissa Kline, VP of Provider and Member Services at Progyny
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Lissa manages and oversees Progyny’s Patient Care Advocates. Prior to joining Progyny, she worked at Columbia University Medical Center in the division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Involved in Patient Services and the Donor Egg Program, she loved working with patients while they underwent fertility treatment. Lissa graduated with a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University.
Amanda, a three-time cancer survivor, started Chick Mission to help women with cancer finance and understand fertility preservation, after her own insurance claims were denied. The Chick Mission will not accept the status quo of health insurance companies refusing to cover fertility preservation for cancer patients. The organization strives to give any woman a choice regarding her future family before lifesaving treatment makes decisions for her. She’s also the Director of Investor Relations and Business Development for Maltese Capital Management.
Dr. Jennifer Levine was a Principal Investigator on a study through the children’s oncology group evaluating ovarian reserve in adolescents diagnosed with lymphoma. Levine completed her residency at Yale New Haven Hospital and her fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center/MSCHONY.
Dr. Molinaro says RMANJ offers the best of all worlds, working to answer questions which had been previously unobtainable in the name of helping patients become parents. He’s also a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Music From This Episode:
Artist: how the night came
Artist: Steve Combs
Track: Symphony No 1 I Hope
Track: A Vital Piece of Music for All Your Soundtrack Needs
Track: Symphony No 1 III Failure
Track: Symphony No 1 IV Hope
Artist: Kai Engel
Track: Merfolks Song
Artist: Brylie Christopher Oxley
Track: Heavenly Motion
Artist: Drake Stafford
Track: The Alienist
Track: Dawn II
Artist: Phillipp Weigl
Track: Subdivision of the Masses