Fertility decision tools for young women with breast cancer

Research Opportunity
PhD students, Masters by Research
Department / Centre
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Royal Women’s Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Michelle Peate mpeate@unimelb.edu.au +61383453792 Personal web page

Summary “As hard as the cancer treatment was, losing my fertility was the hardest thing”

Project Details

When diagnosed with breast cancer, women have a lot of things to think about. For younger women, cancer treatment can reduce a woman’s ability to have children in the future. This may add to the worry about the cancer, especially if women have not yet finished their families. Research has shown that some women will make choices based on whether they can have children later. This is why it is very important that women know what the side-effects of cancer treatment are, and that they understand that there are steps that women can take to increase their chances of having a child later. To do this, they need to know about their options and they need this information early.

It can be difficult for women to make decisions about which treatment is best for them. If people are not given good-quality information they may regret the choices made. This is why it is important that we give women the information they need to make the best choice for them. This body of work aims to create and give women in this situation information that is easy to get hold of and to understand. It will test how helpful the information is in assisting women to make decisions about what they can do to raise the chances of having a baby at a later date. It is hoped that this will help make these decisions easier. We will also look at how this information can be easily accessed by women as a part of their medical care.

There are two main projects:

1. Development and evaluation of a low health literacy decision aid.

2.  Fertility After Cancer Predictor (FoRECAsT) Study

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Cancer in Medicine, Women's Health, Infectious Diseases and Immunity

Research Opportunities

PhD students, Masters by Research
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Research Node

Royal Women’s Hospital

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