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ReproTech, Ltd., the leading cryobank specializing in long-term storage of human reproductive tissue (sperm, eggs, embryos and ovarian and testicular tissue), has reached an agreement with Coastal Fertility Medical Center in Irvine, CA.
Coastal Fertility Medical Center 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.
“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,” says Brent Hazelrigg, president and CEO of ReproTech, Ltd.
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. In 2013, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a policy encouraging coverage by all insurance providers of fertility preservation therapies for patients requiring cancer treatments that result in infertility.
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 36 states and the Caribbean. Additionally, the work of LIVESTRONG and its Fertility Discount Program has advanced the awareness of the need for fertility preservation among the oncology community.
March 7, 2016 - ReproTech welcomes Geisinger Medical Center to its Fertility Preservation Network.
ReproTech, Ltd., the leading cryobank specializing in long-term storage of human reproductive tissue (sperm, eggs, embryos and ovarian and testicular tissue), has reached an agreement with the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA.
February 12, 2016 - Garcia Laboratories joins the more than 100 facilities included in ReproTech's Fertility Preservation Network.
Article courtesy of www.wvxu.org
Six-year-old Mylah Bryant has a blood disease (aplastic anemia) that required chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Not only did doctors discuss making her well, they asked her parents if they wanted to preserve tissue so she could reproduce years later without the damaging effects of chemotherapy. It was a lot to think about, according to Mylah's dad Matthew, but because his daughter jokingly said "she wanted 1,000 children," he knew being a mother was important to her. This decision was on top of other decisions he and his wife needed to make.
Dr. Lesley Breech, director of the division of gynecology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital's Children's Comprehensive Fertility Care and Preservation Program, states "Our philosophy is that every new patient to our cancer and blood disorders institute have a fertility consult and we would meet with them and talk about the options for that age patient or if the patient is after puberty or before puberty… all those implications about what choices would be available for the patient or the family.”
pubertal boys: sperm banking.
pubertal girls: egg freezing.
pre-pubertal boys: testicular preservation.
pre-pubertal girls: ovarian tissue cryo-preservation.
The removal and processing is not cheap. At the hospital it can range from $5,000 to $15,000. Storage at places like Reprotech is $200 to $400 a year. But Dr. Breech says there are charitable organizations that help with the cost.
November 16, 2015 - Cancer Care Services in Fort Worth, TX was the setting for a presentation entitled Fertility Preservation for the Oncology Patient. This program strives to promote education and extend access to fertility preservation services.
November 5, 2015 - ReproTech, Ltd.’s established three facilities have again been awarded the prestigious accreditation of the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB), it was announced today by Brent Hazelrigg, President and CEO.
August 19, 2015 - Cabell Huntington Hospital's Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine joins the more than 100 facilities included in ReproTech's Fertility Preservation Network.
August 13, 2015 - ReproTech, Ltd., the leading cryobank specializing in long-term storage of human reproductive tissue (sperm, eggs, embryos and ovarian and testicular tissue), announces the appointment of Gina Davis, M.S., L.C.G.C., as a member of its Medical Advisory Committee. Ms. Davis is a licensed, board-certified genetic counselor, who specializes in the field of reproductive medicine.
August 5, 2015 - Atlantic Reproductive Medicine Specialists, in Raleigh, NC, has joined the more than 100 facilities included in ReproTech's Fertility Preservation Network.
For patients with low fertility, embryo donations and IVF centers provide the hope of still having a family one day despite less-than-ideal circumstances. As recently reported in the New York Times article, Unused Embryos Pose Difficult Issue: What to Do With Them, these services continue to rapidly grow in popularity. In fact, IVF procedures now account for more than 1.5% of all births in the United States. Once an embryo is created, it may take one or several procedures to achieve pregnancy. But what happens with the unused embryos once the ultimate goal is achieved?
This has been an issue facing IVF center patients for years and what is most prominently discussed in the New York Times Article. Many patients opt to continue freezing their embryos for future pregnancies, or they donate them to other families that desire to have children but are facing fertility issues of their own. Others choose to dispose of the embryos, or let the IVF or freezing center make the decision for them. There are a multitude of options for unused embryos, but in many cases, all patients need is time to decide what is best for them.
For patients facing this decision, ReproTech is ready to help determine the best embryo storage plan, whether it’s for one year or decades. IVF centers are generally much costlier than long-term storage facilities and are not equipped to handle long-term storage because of their focus on other services. At ReproTech, storage is all we do, and we’ve been the industry leader in long-term reproductive tissue storage for 25 years. We offer safe, cost effective long-term storage so patients can take the time to make the right decision for them.
To read the New York Times article, click here.