September 7, 2012 - ReproTech, Ltd., a cryobank specializing in storage of human reproductive tissue (sperm, eggs, embryos and ovarian and testicular tissue), reached an agreement with Coastal Fertility Specialists, adding the facility to the more than 100 facilities included in ReproTech's Fertility Preservation Network.
Coastal Fertility Specialists, located in Mount Pleasant, SC, 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."
"Coastal Fertility Specialists is excited to be joining ReproTech's network of fertility practices in the country offering Fertility Preservation. This is such an important service for patients of reproductive age diagnosed with cancer," says John Schnorr, M.D., one of the founders of Coastal Fertility Specialists.
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.
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.
(CFS) extraordinary clinical team includes board-certified reproductive endocrinologists, specially-trained registered nurses, highly skilled embryologists, and an expert staff that is attuned to the needs of its patients. Offices are located in Mount Pleasant, Columbia and Myrtle Beach, along with satellite facilities in Wilmington, NC and Savannah, GA. Dr. Schnorr and his partner, Dr. Michael Slowey, also constitute the Reproductive Endocrine Division of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), which brings the resources of one of the finest medical schools in the country to CFS' practice. To contact Coastal Fertility Specialists, call 843-883-5800.