Low Literacy Decision Aid about Reproductive Choices for Younger Women with Breast Cancer (Fertility Choices)
When diagnosed with breast cancer, women have a lot of things to think about. For younger women, cancer treatment can reduce a woman’s ability to have children in the future. This may add to the worry about the cancer, especially if women have not yet finished their families. Research has shown that some women will make choices based on whether they can have children later. This is why it is very important that women know what the side-effects of cancer treatment are, and that they understand that there are steps that women can take to increase their chances of having a child later. To do this, they need to know about their options and they need this information early.
It can be difficult for women to make decisions about which treatment is best for them. If people are not given good-quality information they may regret the choices made. This is why it is important that we give women the information they need to make the best choice for them. This study aims to create and give women in this situation information that is easy to get hold of and to understand. It will test how helpful the information is in assisting women to make decisions about what they can do to raise the chances of having a baby at a later date. It is hoped that this will help make these decisions easier. We will also look at how this information can be easily accessed by women as a part of their medical care.
This study is funded by the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
A/prof Michelle Peate (University of Melbourne), Prof Martha Hickey (University of Melbourne), Dr Sian Smith (University of New South Wales), A/Prof Kate Stern (Melbourne IVF), Dr Catherine Oakman (Peter MacCallum Center), Dr Laura Chin-Lenn (Royal Melbourne Hospital), Ms Kerry Shanahan (Royal Melbourne Hospital), Prof Kelly-Ann Phillips (Peter MacCallum Centre), Dr Lesley Stafford (Royal Women's Hospital), Ms Sabine Braat (University of Melbourne), Ms Nipuni Ratnayake Gamage (University of Melbourne)
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