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, in some instances collection of sperm in the early stages of treatment can be effective.
- Most people who are diagnosed with cancer have a window of opportunity to complete fertility preservation.
- Our youngest female storage client had her ovarian tissue retrieved at 5 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 Frequently Asked Questions about Fertility Preservation.