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The fertility and menopause related information needs of younger women with a diagnosis of breast cancer: A qualitative study

dc.contributor.author Thewes, Belinda en_US
dc.contributor.author Meiser, Bettina en_US
dc.contributor.author Rickand, Judy en_US
dc.contributor.author Friedlander, Michael en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2021-11-25T12:58:12Z
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dc.date.issued 2004 en_US
dc.description.abstract The use of chemotherapy and endocrine therapies in the treatment of pre-menopausal women carries with it reproductive and gynaecological implications which younger women may find both unpleasant and discordant with plans for childbearing. This study aims to investigate the fertility- and menopause-related information needs of younger women with a diagnosis of early breast cancer. A retrospective qualitative methodology was chosen. Twenty-four women aged between 26 and 45 years at diagnosis participated in focus group interviews and telephone interviews. Many women thought that the information they had received in the past about fertility and menopausal symptoms was either insufficient or unavailable. Some women felt that, while information on fertility and menopause issues had not been paramount at the time of diagnosis, it became increasingly important after diagnosis. Participants spoke about the need to revisit or review fertility- and menopause-related information with their doctors during the course of treatment. Many women believed that information about fertility should be given prior to or during treatment decision-making, and that information related to the management of menopausal symptoms should be delivered during or after treatment when menopausal symptoms begin. Consultation with a fertility and/or menopause specialist-rated as the most preferred mode of receiving fertility- and menopause-related information. Clinical implications are drawn from the results of this study to assist clinicians and researchers to improve their communication with younger patients about the fertility- and menopause-related side effects of breast cancer treatment. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1057-9249 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1959.4/38807
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/au/ en_US
dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.title The fertility and menopause related information needs of younger women with a diagnosis of breast cancer: A qualitative study en_US
dc.type Journal Article en
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unsw.identifier.doiPublisher http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pon.685 en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Medicine & Health
unsw.relation.ispartofissue 5 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofjournal Psycho-Oncology: Journal of the psychological,social and behavioural dimensions of cancer en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofvolume 12 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Thewes, Belinda, Prince of Wales Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Meiser, Bettina, Prince of Wales Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Rickand, Judy, NSW Women's Breast Centre, Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Friedlander, Michael, Clinical School - Prince of Wales Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW en_US
unsw.relation.school Clinical School Prince of Wales Hospital *
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