• Treatment response rates and survival for the most commonly diagnosed cancers among men and women younger than 40 years (reproductive age) are continually improving; 5-year survival rates now exceed 80% for childhood leukemia, 75% for NHL, 80% for breast cancer and testicular cancer survivorship is at 95%.
  • About 75% of patients without children at the time of their cancer diagnosis wish to have future offspring, according to data from one review article.
  • It is estimated that 1 in 500 children will be diagnosed with a form of childhood cancer. Fortunately, with the use of aggressive treatment modalities, more than 75% of these children will be cured.
  • Because of advances in fertilization and sperm banking technologies, all men, even those with extremely low sperm counts and motility, should be considered candidates for sperm cryopreservation.
  • Studies have reported that having banked sperm may help men to cope emotionally with their diagnosis even if the samples are never used.
  • Ideally, sperm should be collected before initiation of cancer therapy; however collection of sperm in the early stages of treatment is common and can be effective.
  • Most breast cancer patients and testicular cancer patients do have a significant window of opportunity to complete fertility preservation.
  • Our youngest female storage client had her ovarian tissue retrieved at 10 MONTHS.
  • Our youngest male storage client banked testicular tissue at 12 MONTHS.
  • Our youngest male to bank sperm, did so at 11 years of age.
  • It is estimated that reproductive tissue can remain viable for 2-3000 years when properly cryopreserved.
  • We currently have semen (recently analyzed and determined viable) in storage that was frozen in 1971.
  • More than 1,000 births have occurred worldwide following oocyte cryopreservation.
  • The longest storage period followed by a successful pregnancy:
    • Sperm: 40 years 
    • Embryos: 16 years

For more information on Fertility Preservation, please use the link below.  If you have further questions or need assistance in finding a center, please contact us.

ReproTech’s educational pages on Fertility Preservation.

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