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      The discussion regarding fertility preservation at the time of diagnosis can be overwhelming and difficult.  I would use the following strategies to provide information to the patient and family:

      • First have a discussion with the primary oncology team to assess what information the family has already been given, how they are coping, and to understand the patient’s fertility risk
      • Discuss patient with the child life specialist to better understand child’s development and what will be appropriate for them to hear
      • Plan a time with parents that would be good for them to meet.  Family may still need time to process diagnosis prior to discussing fertility preservation
      • Meet with family in a private/quiet place
      • Ask child life and social work to be present for the conversation to help support and answer questions for the family
      • Plan to give family enough time to process the information–plan to set up a second time to meet after they have time to process information for them to ask further questions
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      Emily Cotton

        The follow up is very important – touch basing with the patient/family afterwards, after they have had time to process and potentially talk as a family.

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