I’ve personally have never had to have these talks with patients or families working in an Inpatient Oncology unit which is why I’m taking this course, to gain knowledge and be prepared if the topic were to come up with any of my patients and families.

A few strategies I like from reading other threads are including Child Life Specialists because they may have good techniques on talking with certain age groups.  Child Life Specialists might have picture books for children or diagrams for adolescents that might not be available to the oncology team. Also making sure that whoever will be initiating the fertility preservation topic has all the information they want to discuss before the actual discussion with the patient and family.  I like the idea of informational brochures for the families to keep incase they are too overwhelmed at the point of discussion, they can always come back to the brochure at a later time.

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