Supporting fertility presentation decisions in women with breast cancer

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Number of Honour Places Available
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Group Leader Email Number Webpage
Dr Michelle Peate 03 8345 3792 Personal web page
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
A/Prof Lesley Stafford Personal web page

Project Details

Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in reproductive aged women and many women are diagnosed before they have started or completed their families. Fortunately, survival from early breast cancer is almost at 90%. These women then need to deal with the consequences of treatment, such as potential infertility. Research has shown that fertility is a priority amongst these women and concerns about how cancer treatment impacts fertility may influence cancer treatment decisions. Thus, being able to provide women with information about how their fertility will be affected by treatment is important. This can help them to make decision around fertility preservation prior to starting adjuvant treatment. This program of work aims to improve the process by women woman made decisions to preserve their fertility before stating cancer treatment – with a focus on developing tools for risk prediction (i.e. developing a fertility calculator) and on health literacy (i.e. making sure that support can be accessed by all women).

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Cancer in Medicine, Women's Health

Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
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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Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

The Psychosocial Health and Wellbeing Research (emPoWeR) Unit

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