Fertility Preservation Network Adds Texas Facilities

Program expands access to Fertility Preservation services in south-central Texas

Oct. 4, 2011 - ReproTech, Ltd., a cryobank specializing in long-term storage of human reproductive tissue (sperm, eggs, embryos and ovarian and testicular tissue), recently reached an agreement with Reproductive Medicine Associates of Texas, adding the clinic's three facilities to the more than 100 facilities included in ReproTech's Fertility Preservation Network. RMA of Texas, with facilities located in San Antonio and Austin, joins the growing network of fertility centers providing much needed Fertility Preservation services to cancer patients prior to initiation of oncology treatments.

"This is a very valuable service for cancer patients", says J. Bruce Redmon, M.D., Medical Director for 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".

"It is an honor and a pleasure to work with a company like ReproTech, allowing RMA Texas to serve our community by helping to preserve the fertility of its members." says Tony Anderson, ABB, Embryology Laboratory Director of RMA Texas.

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. The American Society of Clinical Oncology issued a clinical practice guideline in 2006, which addresses fertility preservation in people treated for cancer. This guideline is the first in a series of guidelines from ASCO to address cancer survivorship issues and is in agreement with the American Society of Reproductive Medicine Ethics Committee report of 2005, which stated "Cancer treatment often results in reduced fertility. Cancer patients should be informed of options for fertility preservation and future reproduction prior to cancer treatment."

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 34 states and the Caribbean. Additionally, the work of fertile HOPE and LiveSTRONG has advanced the awareness of the need for Fertility Preservation among the oncology community.

About ReproTech, Ltd.

ReproTech, Ltd was founded in 1990 for the purpose of providing long-term cryostorage services and now operates cryostorage facilities in Florida, Minnesota and Nevada. More information is available by calling 888-489-8944. ReproTech's Fertility Preservation Network is comprised of top fertility clinics in the U.S. and Caribbean that provide cryopreservation services to cancer patients.

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Texas (RMA of Texas)

The Reproductive Medicine Associates of Texas is the premier Texas fertility center. At RMA of Texas, the mission of its team of experienced professionals is to individualize patient care to the most appropriate treatment, using the most advanced and safest technologies available. RMA of Texas' state of the art facilities provide treatment from top infertility doctors, ranging from basic consultations and fertility evaluations to advanced reproductive surgical procedures, including in vitro fertilization (IVF), egg donation and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) treatments. To contact RMA of Texas, please visit www.rmatx.com or call 210-337-8453.

ReproTech has specialized in long-term cryostorage and transportation of reproductive tissues since 1990. Network members offer fertility preservation services, and Auto Transfer Management enables IVF centers to eliminate future abandoned specimens.