July 19, 2013 - ReproTech, Ltd., the leading cryobank specializing in long-term storage of human reproductive tissue (sperm, eggs, embryos and ovarian and testicular tissue), reached an agreement with Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine today.
Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine's two locations, in Columbia, MO and Tulsa, OK, join 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, President and 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."
"Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine is pleased to be a part of ReproTech's Fertility Preservation Network. We look forward to our practices enabling patients faced with oncology treatments to have options for fertility preservation, including freezing their specimens for future family building," says Peter Ahlering, M.D., Medical Director of MCRM.
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 Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine
The Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine offers the most affordable and accessible advanced fertility treatments using cutting edge technology. The MCRM staff is highly seasoned and has been together for over a decade. MCRM offers a wide range of infertility services, including In Vitro (IVF) and Intrauterine Insemination. To contact both the Columbia and Tulsa locations of MCRM call 573-442-1886 or visit www.mcrmfertility.com.