Young Adult Female Cancer Survivors' Decision Regret About Fertility Preservation JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT AND YOUNG ADULT ONCOLOGY Benedict, C., Thom, B., Kelvin, J. F. 2015; 4 (4): 213–18


This study evaluated fertility-related experiences of young adult female cancer survivors (18-39 years). Data were from a retrospective, cross-sectional survey. Women were more likely to undergo pre-treatment fertility preservation (FP) if they received fertility counseling (by a fertility nurse specialist, reproductive endocrinologist, or gynecologist). Compared with women who underwent FP, those who did not had greater decision regret (DR) after treatment (p < 0.001). Multiple reasons for not pursuing FP were reported; lack of time and distress related to more DR and not wanting children in the future related to less DR (p < 0.05). Decision regret may lead to psychosocial morbidity in survivorship.

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