World's Leading Sperm Bank Partners With Global Cancer Advocates To Help Survivors Become Parents

 
 Subheading  CCB joins I'm Too Young For This! in raising awareness of the support resources available to young adult cancer patients facing potential fertility issues
 Publish Date   2008-07-08
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Los Angeles, CA (June 2008) - California Cryobank Inc. (CCB), a world leader in reproductive tissue banking, and The I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation (i(2)y), one of the nation's largest advocacy organizations for survivors in their 20s and 30s, announced today their partnership to increase awareness of the fertility preservation options and additional support resources availables to survivors in their childbearing years. Their partnership will include a national outreach campaign to both young adults and oncology professionals.

Each year, nearly 70,000 young adults face the possibility of losing their fertility due to cancer and cancer-related treatments, simply because they are uninformed of their options. Over the next 12 months, CCB and i(2)y will strive to ensure every young man and woman dealing with cancer understands the opportunity exists to store their reproductive tissue for future use.

Along with an ongoing Internet cross-promotional awareness campaign, CCB's co-founder, Dr. Cappy Rothman, will appear on i(2)y's "Stupid Cancer Show," an internationally syndicated live talk-radio webcast about cancer in young adults, on July 28th to discuss sperm, egg, and embryo banking and the specific programs available to assist these young adults. Additionally, CCB will equip oncology professionals with i(2)y support materials at cancer centers throughout the nation.

"California Cryobank is excited to be partners with I'm Too Young For This!. Young adults affected by cancer now have a place where they can connect to their peers facing similar situations. i(2)y offers this unique type of connection through its online community where one can find live support groups in virtually any city," explained Rothman.

"The unmet fertility rights of young adults affected by cancer is of growing concern to the national public health interest. Partnerships like these are critical to improving best practices in the delivery of age-appropriate quality care to this grossly underserved population," said Matthew Zachary, Founder and CEO of i[2]y, himself a 12-year survivor of pediatric brain cancer.

About i(2)y
A TIME Magazine Best 50 Website for 2007, the I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation is one of the nation's largest survivor-led advocacy, support and research organizations working exclusively on behalf of survivors and care providers under the age of 40. Our mission is to end isolation and improve quality of life for young adults affected by cancer. For additional information, please visit www.imtooyoungforthis.org.

About California Cryobank
Founded in 1977, CCB is a full-service reproductive tissue bank. Accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks, CCB is also licensed in New York and California, certified by Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments, and in full-compliance with all relevant FDA regulatory requirements. For information, call 866-477-3762.

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We help take the mystery out of this unique process

There is no substitute for experience. At California Cryobank, our staff has helped thousands of families over the years and is excited to do the same for you.

From our physician owners, to our medical directors, on-staff genetic counselors, and lab technicians, our high standards of expertise and medical ethics are second to none.

Our Client Services Team includes multiple members with over 20 years experience at CCB – longer than most sperm banks have even been in business. With another few at 15+ years and a dozen or so more 10+ year veterans, many of our staff members have had the pleasure of watching donor babies grow into toddlers, teenagers, and young adults.

CCB ships specimens throughout the United States and to over 40 countries worldwide. If you wish to speak to a bilingual staff member, an appointment may be required. Please contact our Client Services Representative at 866-927-9622 for further details.

 

Accreditations and Licenses

The highest level standard setting body for tissue banks in the nation is the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) established in 1977. To be accredited by the AATB the tissue bank must submit to comprehensive on-site inspections. These inspections are designed to assure that the bank is professionally managed, appropriately staffed and has put in place policies and procedures to provide consistent quality care.

To date only a few gamete banks in the nation have been inspected by the AATB. Three California Cryobank Reproductive banks are accredited by the AATB. Some sperm banks who have not been inspected claim they "meet" or "exceed" AATB standards. The only way to confirm that a sperm bank meets AATB standards is through the inspection and accreditation process.

When choosing a semen bank, the California Cryobank suggests selecting a semen bank that:

  1. Has been inspected and is currently accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks.

    Founded in 1976, The American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) is a professional, non-profit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to maintaining high standards of excellence in the tissue banking industry. To be accredited by the AATB, the tissue bank must submit to comprehensive on-site inspections. These inspections are designed to assure that the bank is professionally managed, appropriately staffed, and maintains policies and procedures to provide consistent quality. While some unaccredited sperm banks claim they "meet" or "exceed" AATB standards, the only way to be accredited by the AATB is through the official inspection and accreditation process.

    To date, only a few gamete banks in the nation have been inspected by the AATB, including all California Cryobank laboratories:

  2. Has been inspected and is currently licensed by the states regulating tissue banks.
    Most states do not regulate semen banks. New York and California are among the states that do regulate tissue banks. In fact, New York's standards are the most stringent in the industry.

    Licensed by the California State Department of Health:

    Licensed by the New York State Department of Health

    Licensed by the Massachusetts State Department of Health

    Licensed by the Maryland State Department of Health

    Registered by the Oregon Department of Human Services

  3. Has been inspected and is currently certified by CLIA.
    The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment of 1988 (CLIA) regulations enacted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services establish standards that apply to laboratory testing of human semen specimens, laboratory personnel, quality control, and quality assurance. California Cryobank has CLIA inspected and certified laboratories. The reference laboratories that perform our donor testing are also required to be CLIA certified.
  4. Is in full compliance with all relevant FDA regulatory requirements.
  5. Reference Laboratories
    CCB uses reference laboratories which are accredited by federal and other applicable state and local regulatory agencies. 

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