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Knowledge about and attitude towards fertility preservation in young female cancer patients: a cross-sectional online survey

Urech, Corinne, Ehrbar, Verena, Boivin, Jacky, Müller, Madleina, Alder, Judith, Zanetti Dällenbach, Rosanna, Rochlitz, Christoph and Tschudin, Sibil 2018. Knowledge about and attitude towards fertility preservation in young female cancer patients: a cross-sectional online survey. Human Fertility 21 (1) , pp. 45-51. 10.1080/14647273.2017.1380317

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Abstract

Recent advances in cancer therapy have resulted in an increased number of long-term cancer survivors. However, because of their treatment, women might be confronted with impaired fertility. The options of fertility preservation (FP) techniques are increasing. The goal of this study was to assess knowledge about, and attitudes towards, fertility preservation in young female cancer patients. A cross-sectional online survey was conducted including 155 former female cancer patients from English and German speaking countries. The survey consists of questions about attitude towards, and knowledge about, fertility preservation. Results show that knowledge about fertility preservation was limited among participants. Positive attitudes towards fertility preservation significantly outweighed negative attitudes. Knowledge and attitude did not differ according to language or different healthcare systems. Confidence of knowledge was significantly higher in women who underwent any FP procedure compared to those who did not. Greater emphasis should be placed on counselling opportunities, the provision of adequate information and supporting material. A better understanding of these issues will hopefully enhance patients’ decision-making about FP options and assist the development of strategies to improve quality of care.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
ISSN: 1464-7273
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 8 November 2017
Date of Acceptance: 9 September 2017
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2018 06:53
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/105929

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