April 25, 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 Generations Fertility Care today.Generations Fertility Care, located in Middleton, WI, 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 the opportunity to cryopreserve reproductive tissue prior to their oncology treatment."
"With the increasing survival rates of cancer patients, the availability of fertility preservation services is more important than ever. Generations' developing Oncofertility Program will enable cancer patients who are in need of important fertility preservation services to obtain the medical care and support they require," says Jeffrey Jones, Ph.D., Laboratory Director at Generations Fertility Care.
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 much needed cryopreservation services. The Network now includes members in 33 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.
Generations Fertility Care is a joint venture between UW Health and Meriter Hospital. Its team of endocrinologists, embryologists, psychologist and nursing staff offer a full complement of fertility and reproductive medical treatment that combines the latest technologies and the highest standards of patient care.