Fertility management after breast cancer diagnosis: A qualitative investigation of women's experiences of and recommendations for professional care

Maggie Kirkman, Catharyn Stern, Suzanne Neil, Ingrid Winship, G Bruce Mann, Kerry Shanahan, Di Missen, Helen Shepherd, Jane Rosamond Woodward Fisher

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Abstract

Breast cancer and its treatment in reproductive-age women can reduce fertility and compromise family formation. To learn about women s experiences of fertility-related cancer care we interviewed 10 women (aged 26-45), at least one year postdiagnosis. Thematic analysis revealed that all women, including one who chose to be child-free, valued fertility and motherhood. They reported experiencing varied fertility-related care, from support for fertility preservation to apparent disregard of their fertility concerns. Women s needs were heterogeneous, but all wanted health care providers to communicate fertility options and avoid assumptions about women s fertility desires while working to extend each woman s life
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50 - 67
Number of pages18
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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