Fertility Preservation Network Welcomes Newark, Delaware Area Facility

April 14, 2014 - 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 Reproductive Associates of Delaware today.

Reproductive Associates of Delaware, with offices in Newark, Wilmington, and Dover, DE, 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, 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."

"Reproductive Associates of Delaware 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 Dr. Emelia Bachman, Director of Fertility Preservation at Reproductive Associates of Delaware.

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 35 states and the Caribbean. Additionally, the work of LiveSTRONG and its Fertility Programs have advanced the awareness of the need for Fertility Preservation among the oncology community.

Since 1995, Reproductive Associates of Delaware (RAD) has provided state-of-the-art fertility care. RAD's main office is on the campus of the Christiana Care Health System in Newark, with additional locations in Wilmington and Dover. RAD has five full-time board certified physicians on staff including Dr. Ronald Feinberg, Dr. Barbara McGuirk, Dr. George Kovalevsky, Dr. Adrienne Neithardt, and Dr. Emelia Bachman.