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December, 2017 - Article courtesy of Fertility & Sterility, Vol. 108, Issue 6, Pages 957-958
Both pediatric oncologists and reproductive urologists share
a joint responsibility to educate, treat, and advocate for male
adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients who
require gonadotoxic therapy. The importance of fertility
preservation coincides with the ever-growing number of
pediatric cancer survivors, because most children now survive
their malignancy into adulthood and ultimately desire
family building. Unfortunately, the risk of infertility in
this population is remarkably high.
February 10, 2017 - At 8 years old and with leukemia, Jhayliegh Rosales is years away from thinking about having her first baby.
When the ebullient second-grader checked into Children’s Mercy Hospital recently in preparation for a bone marrow transplant, she’d placed a pink cap over where her brown hair used to be. In brave declaration of her future, she wore a T-shirt printed with “WATCH ME WIN” as she rolled through the hospital’s halls, balancing inside a new pair of silver high-top sneakers embedded with wheels like roller skates.
“She just got those,” said her father Daniel Rosales, 28, a milk delivery truck driver from Ulysses. “They ought to keep her busy.”
Rosales and Jhayliegh’s mother Alyssa Lopez, 27, of Garden City, Kan., had to do some significant balancing of their own regarding Jhayliegh’s future — as a mother.
In late December, Jhayliegh became the youngest person in the Kansas City area to undergo a procedure, still considered experimental, in which ovarian tissue was surgically removed and frozen in the event that 15 or more years from now she may want to have biological children of her own.
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.
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.