Friday, 17 January 2014

Women’s reflections on fertility and motherhood after breast cancer and its treatment

A diagnosis of breast cancer is a life changing event, with not only the threat of premature death, but also the impacts of treatment on fertility altering sufferer's thoughts and feelings on fertility and motherhood.

Dr Maggie Kirkman, of the Jean Hailes research institute at SPHPM has interviewed and analaysed women’s reflections on fertility and motherhood after breast cancer and its treatment.
By interviewing women of child bearing age With the aim of increasing understanding of what it means to women to manage fertility and motherhood in the years after a diagnosis of breast cancer, the researchers hoped to gain further insight into the issues most affecting breast cancer sufferers.
They discovered  6 common themes linking breast cancer to fertility and motherhood:
diagnosis as a pivotal life event, robbed of time and choice, significance of fertility, being a mother, narrative justification, and life after breast cancer treatment.
This research could be instrumental in further developing post-cancer support for women diagnosed with breast cancer.

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