A/Prof Jane Harries – Contraceptive needs fertility intentions of women with breast cancer in Cape Town
A/Prof Jane Harries
- Women’s Health Research Unit, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, Health Sciences Faculty, University of Cape Town
Title of the project
Contraceptive needs and fertility intentions of women with breast cancer in Cape Town: a qualitative exploratory study.
The proposed research study will explore through qualitative research methods the contraceptive needs and fertility intentions of women with breast cancer throughout their continuum of care and aims to provide a multidisciplinary approach to an important public health issue.
No known studies have been undertaken in South Africa exploring the contraceptive and fertility needs and preferences of women of reproductive age diagnosed with breast cancer. Following discussion with doctors involved in the treatment of breast cancer patients at Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH), contraceptive and fertility counselling are not addressed in a comprehensive manner.
Key areas to be explored will include responses to breast cancer diagnosis and what this might mean for future fertility intentions or efforts to prevent a future pregnancy, understandings of suitable contraceptive methods during and after treatment and family or partner’s response to diagnosis of breast cancer and implications for future fertility options. In addition, medical records will be reviewed to obtain more detailed information about the type of breast cancer and treatment as this will have implications for various fertility and contraceptive options for women of reproductive age.