August 13, 2012 - ReproTech, Ltd., a cryobank specializing in long-term storage of human reproductive tissue (sperm, eggs, embryos and ovarian and testicular tissue), reached an agreement today with Advanced Reproductive Center of Hawaii, adding the facility to the more than 100 facilities included in ReproTech's Fertility Preservation Network.
Advanced Reproductive Center of Hawaii, located in Honolulu, joins the growing network of fertility centers providing much needed Fertility Preservation services to cancer patients prior to the initiation of oncology treatments.
"This is a very valuable service for cancer patients", says Brent Hazelrigg, CEO of ReproTech, Ltd. "With the growing success of cancer therapies and tremendous advancements in fertility treatment, cancer survivors today have an excellent chance of having families provided they are given the opportunity to cryopreserve reproductive tissue prior to their oncology treatment.
"Advanced Reproductive Center is pleased to be a part of ReproTech's Fertility Preservation Network. We look forward to our practice enabling patients faced with oncology treatments to have options for fertility preservation, including freezing their specimens for future family building," says Kim Gustavson, Manager at Advanced Reproductive Center of Hawaii.
According to the American Cancer Society, 140,000 men and women of childbearing age are newly diagnosed with cancer each year. There often is a small window of time for them to preserve their fertility; therefore, access to cryopreservation services is extremely important. Both the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recommend the education of oncology patients about the options available to preserve their fertility.
ReproTech, Ltd. has organized the Fertility Preservation Network to educate oncology professionals and caretakers, as well as provide the much needed cryopreservation services. The network now includes members in 33 states and the Caribbean. Additionally, the work of fertileHOPE and LiveSTRONG has advanced the awareness of the need for Fertility Preservation among the oncology community.
ReproTech, Ltd was founded in 1990 for the purpose of providing long-term cryostorage services and now operates cryostorage facilities in Florida, Minnesota, Nevada, and opening in Texas later in August.
The Advanced Reproductive Center of Hawaii is an intimate, cost sensitive fertility center, designed by Reproductive Endocrinologist Christopher Huang, M.D., to provide excellent medical care by personally guiding each patient's treatment from beginning through contraception. Dr. Huang has over a decade of infertility experience and has dedicated himself to pursuing the latest techniques in assisted reproductive technologies.