When Daniella Gallaro found out she had breast cancer four months ago the 27-year-old worried if treatment would affect her chances of becoming a mom.
"They let me know if was a real possibility that I could become infertile," Gallaro said.
Freezing her eggs before chemotherapy would cost thousands of dollars. As a young social worker, she couldn't afford the massive price tag. "I had basically given up at that point. I was really crushed and it felt really unfair to me because, you know, the diagnosis in and of itself was hard enough," she said.
For decades egg freezing has been considered experimental and insurance does not cover the costs. Doctors hope that's about to change. This week the American Society of Reproductive Medicine announced that the experimental label should be lifted off egg freezing.
"This is something which is doable and the really impediment is not the technology any more, I think it's the actual, unfortunate lack of insurance coverage for many people who want to get this done but can't get it done," said Dr. Drew Tortoriello with the Sher Institute.
Fortunately Daniella finally did get it done, thanks to a program through the Sher Institute which freezes eggs at no cost for cancer patients. "So far we've helped somewhere in the range of 70 to 80 women," Dr. Tortoriello said.
Daniella now has 22 eggs to use when she's ready to start a family. "I've never been so glad that I made this decision, because it's definitely piece of mind.
She's halfway through her chemo treatment and hopes more cancer patients have the same opportunity she did.
Ines Ferre - CBS News
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