Navigation Links
Cancer and fertility -- young women speak up
Date:1/9/2012

New York / Heidelberg, 9 January 2012 -- Young female cancer survivors are concerned about their future fertility and parenthood options and want better information and guidance early on, according to a new study by Jessica Gorman and her team from the University of California in the US. Their paper, which presents in-depth information on young survivors' experiences navigating decisions about fertility and parenthood, is published online in Springer's Journal of Cancer Survivorship.

Many more adolescents and young adults are surviving their disease, resulting in a substantial and growing number of female cancer survivors of reproductive age. Young cancer survivors are less likely to have biological children than non-cancer survivors, mainly due to the effects of cancer treatments on future fertility. However, many are unaware of the impact of their treatment on their fertility, and understanding these young ladies' concerns is a first step towards developing effective, targeted interventions that will meet the needs of those who want to become parents.

The researchers explored the fertility and parenthood concerns of 22 American female cancer survivors, aged between 18 and 34 years. The young women, recruited from both clinics and community-based outreach projects, took part in focus groups.

The authors identified six themes from the discussions:

  1. A hopeful but worried approach to fertility and parenthood: While participants expressed hope about having a family, many also felt anxious that they would be unable to have their own children.

  2. Frustration with lack of choice or control over fertility: Even though the young women acknowledged that a discussion about fertility at the time of diagnosis would have been overwhelming, they felt strongly that they (or their parents) should have been told about both the impact of treatment on their fertility, and the options available before treatment to preserve fertility e.g. freezing eggs.

  3. Young survivors want information about their fertility: Several women reported with regret that their doctors had not talked to them about fertility and they felt that a young woman was old enough to have this discussion anytime after puberty.

  4. Young survivors want better continuity of care in survivorship: Many were frustrated with the poor coordination of care between their multiple medical providers, including care related to fertility and pregnancy planning. They felt that each practitioner focused on his or her specialist issue, rather than the bigger picture.

  5. Cancer diagnosis and related fertility problems introduce relationship challenges: Young women were concerned about this both in the early stages of a relationship and in a more stable relationship.

  6. Decisions about parenthood are complicated: Participants listed both emotional (worry about their personal health and life expectancy, as well as worry about their potential child's health) and practical (mainly financial) barriers to parenthood.

Gorman and team conclude; "It's critical for both researchers and clinicians to understand young female survivors' concerns about fertility and parenthood in order to address them adequately. Our results suggest that these young women would benefit from improved information regarding their options, through discussions initiated by their healthcare providers, better coordination of care in survivorship, and guidance and support in navigating both emotional and practical issues that arise when considering fertility and future parenthood."


'/>"/>

Contact: Joan Robinson
joan.robinson@springer.com
49-622-148-78130
Springer
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Obesity and cancer screening: Do race and gender also play a role?
2. Personalized gene therapies may increase survival in brain cancer patients
3. PSA Test for Prostate Cancer Doesnt Save Lives: Study
4. Most Parents Tell Kids About Test Results for Breast Cancer Genes
5. TGen researchers map potential genetic origins, pathways of lung cancer in nonsmokers
6. Most parents who get tested for breast cancer genes share results with their children
7. Mass prostate cancer screening doesnt reduce deaths
8. Prospective surveillance model emerges as standard of care for breast cancer treatment
9. Researchers Identify Liver Cancer Risk Factors
10. Resolve to Take Colon Cancer Test, Experts Say
11. Researchers find malignancy-risk gene signature for early-stage non-small cell lung cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... The physicians of KSF Orthopaedic Center ... Houston Area. The new location is located at 2255 E. Mossy Oaks Rd., Suite ... This newest location will provide patients living in the north Houston area (The Woodlands, ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... Texas Physical Therapy ... 960 Gruene Road in Building 2. The clinic is the group’s second in New ... says opening the company’s second New Braunfels location brings things full circle for the ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... The IoT ... and WiFi connectivity are making a huge impact on businesses and individual consumers alike. ... estimates the IoT will have a value anywhere from $4 trillion to $11 trillion ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... ... of adults are unaware of the dangers that infectious bacteria play in mouth disease, while ... a day that dentists recommend. The ramifications of improper oral upkeep go far beyond bad ... 164 million hours of work each year due to dental issues. That is why Mediaplanet ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... ... March is National Kidney Month – the perfect time to pause and ... health. Every day, two kidneys filter about 120 to 150 quarts of blood. Put ... waste, regulating fluid levels and blood pressure, supporting bone health and promoting red blood ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/24/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the ... Strategies" report to their offering. ... Pain Management in the ... their physical pain, emphasizing consumer survey analysis, including trends over ... adults who have selected illnesses/conditions strongly associated with physical pain ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... 24, 2017 ShangPharma, a leading ... cost-effective drug development and discovery services, technology, ... industry, announced today the intent for a ... be consolidating the Contract Research Organizations (CRO) ... ChemPartner. These entities include ChemPartner Shanghai, ChemPartner ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... , Mar. 24, 2017 Research and Markets ... Pipeline Analysis, 2016" report to their offering. ... The IPF pipeline is very strong with a ... Merck & Co., Inc., Biogen and Sanofi are involved in the development ... of which one is in Phase III stage, 15 are in Phase ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: