January 7, 2013 - ReproTech, Ltd., a cryobank specializing in long-term storage of human reproductive tissue (sperm, eggs, embryos and ovarian and testicular tissue), reached an agreement with West Columbia, SC's Advanced Fertility and Reproductive Endocrinology Institute, LLC today.
Advanced Fertility and Reproductive Endocrinology Institute (AFREI), located in West Columbia, SC, joins the more than 100 facilities included in ReproTech's Fertility Preservation Network. The growing network of fertility centers provides 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 theopportunity to cryopreserve reproductive tissue prior to their oncology treatment."
"Advanced Fertility and Reproductive Endocrinology Institute, the Columbia fertility 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 Gail Whitman-Elia, M.D., the founder of AFREI.
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 34 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.
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, Nevada and Texas.
About Advanced Fertility and Reproductive Endocrinology Institute, LLC (AFREI)
The Columbia fertility center AFREI was established in 2002 to expand patient access to advanced reproductive technology and to serve as an educational resource for local health care providers and reproductive scientists. Dr. Whitman-Elia is a board-certified subspecialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Her experience and expertise have enabled her to create a staff of specialized, dedicated professionals who are committed to patient care. To contact AFREI, call 803-939-1515 or visit www.ivfwecare.com.