New Brighton Community Center in New Brighton, MN 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, Jill Olson, along with Romaine Bayless, MD, of Reproductive Medicine & Infertility Associates in Woodbury, MN, addressed 65 Oncology Nursing Society members at the New Brighton Community Center in an 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 35 states and the Caribbean. Additionally, the work of organizations such as LIVESTRONG, including its Fertility Discount Program, has advanced the awareness of the need for Fertility Preservation among the oncology community.
About Metro Minnesota Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)
The chapter was founded in 1981 with the purpose of providing regional oncology nurses with the latest evidence based resources and as a support network for sharing ideas and experiences relevant to oncology nursing. The Oncology Nursing Society is a professional organization of over 35,000 registered nurses and other healthcare providers dedicated to excellence in patient care, education, research and administration in oncology nursing.