Shared Decision Making: Fertility and Pediatric Cancers
Childhood cancer is a familial disease; no family member escapes unscathed from the impact of a young person’s cancer diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up procedures. As new treatment options unfold and more children survive, families are faced with multiple critical decisions at the time of diagnosis. This chapter will address one of the goals of oncofertility research – to improve the decision making competencies of family members confronting the news of a child’s cancer diagnosis plus the additional information that the treatment may or will affect the child’s future fertility. We will bring together key constructs and research from family systems theory and the shared decision making model in order to understand better how families whose children are newly diagnosed with cancer can make informed choices about the future fertility of their children while immediately confronting a potentially life-threatening illness.
KeywordsChildhood Cancer Family System Fertility Preservation Premature Ovarian Failure Future Fertility
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