“This is a very valuable service for cancer patients”, says J. Bruce Redmon, M.D., Medical Director for 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”.
"Audubon Fertility is excited to be joining the network of fertility practices in the country offering Fertility Preservation. This is such an important service for patients to have access to when they have been hit with the diagnosis of cancer." says Lindsay Wells, M.D., of Audubon Fertility & Reproductive Medicine.
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. .
The American Society of Clinical Oncology issued a clinical practice guideline in 2006, which addresses fertility preservation in people treated for cancer. This guideline is the first in a series of guidelines from ASCO to address cancer survivorship issues and is in agreement with the American Society of Reproductive Medicine Ethics Committee report of 2005, which stated “Cancer treatment often results in reduced fertility. Cancer patients should be informed of options for fertility preservation and future reproduction prior to cancer treatment.”
ReproTech, Ltd has organized the Fertility Preservation Network to educate oncology professionals and caretakers, as well as provide the much needed cryopreservation services. The network now includes members in 34 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.
About ReproTech, Ltd.
ReproTech Ltd., was founded in 1990 for the purpose of providing long-term cryostorage services and now operates cryostorage facilities in Florida, Minnesota, and Nevada. More information on ReproTech, Ltd is available at www.reprotech.com or 888-489-8944. Information specific to the Fertility Preservation Network and its members can be found at www.fertilitypreservation.com.
About Audubon Fertility & Reproductive Medicine
Audubon Fertility & Reproductive Medicine offers patients personally tailored, high quality care in a cost-effective manner. The clinic has an onsite Andrology lab offering a full range of Andrology services. Its physicians are trained in the latest techniques and therapies in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility. To contact Audubon Fertility, please call 504-891-1390 or visit www.audubonfertility.com.
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ReproTech, http://www.reprotech.com, has specialized in long-term cryostorage and transportation of reproductive tissues since 1990. Network members offer fertility preservation services, http://www.fertilitypreservation.com, and Auto Transfer Management, http://www.embryonomics.com, enables IVF centers to eliminate future abandoned specimens.