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- January 24, 2024 at 12:55 pm #33238
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
- January 26, 2024 at 7:24 am #33266
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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