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EONS Poster diplay

4773 - EONS Poster - Introducing cancer nurse led consultations to improve sexuality & fertility outcomes for Adolescents and Young Adults (AYAs) with an hematological disease

Date

22 Oct 2018

Session

EONS Poster diplay

Topics

Cancers in Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA)

Tumour Site

Presenters

Johan De Munter

Citation

Annals of Oncology (2018) 29 (suppl_8): viii683-viii688. 10.1093/annonc/mdy276

Authors

J. De Munter1, S. De Wilde2, M. Quaghebeur3

Author affiliations

  • 1 Cancer Centre, Gent University Hospital, 9000 - Gent/BE
  • 2 Hematology, Gent University Hospital, 9000 - Gent/BE
  • 3 Hematology, University hospital Ghent, 9000 - Gent/BE
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Abstract 4773

Background

With improving survival rates among AYAs with cancer, sexuality and fertility are important quality of life (QoL) concerns before, during and after treatment. Healthcare providers aren’t always knowledgeable about infertility risks associated with prescribed therapies. Cancer nurses are often the first professionals to identify and address sexuality concerns. Different barriers are the reason of not addressing sexuality concerns and fertility preservation options prior treatment. It is crucial that AYAs are well informed prior treatment to support them in their decision-making about fertility preservation options.

Methods

An Interdisciplinary team developed an evidence-based care pathway for Hodgkin's disease. Healthcare providers from different staffs shared knowledge, expertise and skills to have positive impact on young patients survivorship outcomes. Standard infertility counselling was included prior to treatment for AYAs and a nurse led consultation prior therapy gives the opportunity to discuss important topics such as sexuality.

Results

Implementation a care pathway increased the awareness about discussing sexuality and fertility preservation options among all healthcare providers within the haematology department. Collaboration between fertility specialists, physicians and cancer nurses will improve reproductive outcomes in AYA cancer care. Systematic feedback after fertility preservation procedures is helping to reduce reproductive concerns. Discussing sexuality during a nurse led consultation results in a better understanding of the effects of the disease and treatment and will improve QoL.

Conclusions

Cancer nurses have a key role in discussing sexual concerns. A cancer nurse led consultation through the whole treatment process allows patients the opportunity to discuss sexual issues and concerns. Knowing that they can have their questions answered, makes them feel more confident and comfortable during treatment. Multidisciplinary care pathways are needed to establish systems to ensure that fertility is adequately addressed and comprehensive fertility counselling is offered to all AYAs prior to therapy and during survivorship.

Clinical trial identification

Legal entity responsible for the study

University Hospital Ghent.

Funding

Has not received any funding.

Editorial Acknowledgement

Disclosure

All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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