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.
ReproTech, Ltd., a cryobank specializing in long-term storage of human reproductive tissue (sperm, eggs, embryos and ovarian and testicular tissue), was invited to speak on the topic of fertility preservation for oncology patients.
Reprotech Site Director Nanette Broyles reports “ReproTech has included fertility preservation awareness and education as one of our main goals for the past several years through our Fertility Preservation Network and the distribution of our educational materials. With the increase in cancer survivors and ongoing advancements in ART, it is essential that oncology professionals discuss fertility preservation options with all of their patients upon cancer diagnosis. I am excited to offer oncology teams the information and resources that will assist them in fertility preservation discussions with their patients”.
Ms. Broyles addressed Cancer Care Services social work staff in her ongoing effort to provide education on fertility preservation options for cancer patients such as sperm banking, embryo and egg freezing and ovarian and testicular tissue freezing. ReproTech’s goal is to educate, as well as to increase communications and collaboration between members of oncology healthcare teams.
According to the American Cancer Society, 140,000 American men and women under 45 are newly diagnosed with cancer each year. Once diagnosed, there is a small window of time for them to preserve their fertility; therefore, access to cryopreservation services is extremely important. ReproTech, Ltd. has organized its Fertility Preservation Network to educate oncology professionals and caretakers, as well as provide much needed cryopreservation services. The network now includes members in 34 states. Additionally, the work of organizations such as LIVESTRONG has advanced the awareness of the need for Fertility Preservation among the oncology community.
About Cancer Care Services
Cancer Care Services (CCS) is a non-profit organization serving Tarrant, Hood and Parker counties. Its mission is to provide help and hope to cancer patients and their families through direct financial, emotional, spiritual and social programs. CCS financial services include funding for medications, nutritional supplements, equipment and supplies, radiation transportation reimbursement, COBRA or medical insurance premium payments, and dental assistance in order for treatment to begin. Also offered are counseling, social support and programs, yoga, massage therapy, reflexology, seminars, children’s programming, support groups and spiritual support.