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A Qualitative Analysis of Reproductive Issues Raised by Young Australian Women with Breast Cancer

Connell, Shirley E., Patterson, Carla M., & Newman, Beth M. (2006) A Qualitative Analysis of Reproductive Issues Raised by Young Australian Women with Breast Cancer. Health Care for Women International, 27(1), pp. 94-110.

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Abstract

Available literature concentrates on infertility concerns of young women with breast cancer, while attention to psychosocial issues related to maintained or regained fertility is scarce. As part of a longitudinal, qualitative study of experiences of young women with breast cancer (diagnosed at 40 years or younger); (n = 13), concerns about fertility, contraception, pregnancy, and breastfeeding after breast cancer were expressed. Using semistructured, one-to-one interviews over three time phases, we explored these women's experiences. Perceptions of fertility changed over time. Contraception issues were raised together with recurrence fears related to pregnancy and breastfeeding after breast cancer. Decisions related to unplanned pregnancies and breastfeeding were described as particularly onerous.

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ID Code: 10599
Item Type: Journal Article
DOI: 10.1080/07399330500377580
ISSN: 1096-4665
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Epidemiology (111706)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Taylor and Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Health Care for Women International 27(1):pp. 94-110.
Deposited On: 07 Nov 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:21

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