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Title: Decisional Regret in Female Oncofertility Decision Making-An Integrative Narrative Review
Authors: Gonçalves, Vânia 
Keywords: decisional regret; female patients at reproductive age; decision-making; oncofertility
Issue Date: 22-Sep-2021
Publisher: MDPI
Project: FCT - grant agreement nº IF/00793/2015 
Serial title, monograph or event: Cancers
Volume: 13
Issue: 19
Abstract: It is well established that fertility is an important issue for young women with cancer at reproductive age, as many have not initiated or completed their parenthood goals when diagnosed. Because cancer treatments may impair fertility, women face fertility decisions that are often complex and surrounded by uncertainty. This may put patients at risk for psychological distress and the experience of regret regarding decisions made at diagnosis, which may be associated with a negative impact on women's QoL. This narrative review addresses current knowledge about decisional regret regarding fertility preservation decisions in adult female cancer patients at reproductive age. Electronic searches were conducted on Pubmed database for articles published in English from 1 January 2000 to 1 July 2021 that assessed decisional regret following fertility decisions in young women diagnosed at childbearing age. Of the 96 articles identified, nine provided information on decisional regret regarding fertility decisions. Studies reported that, overall, decisional regret regarding oncofertility decisions was low. Factors associated with the experience of decisional regret were patients' perceived quality and satisfaction with fertility counseling received, the decision to undergo fertility preservation, desire for children and decisional conflict. Health providers should be aware of the factors that are potentially modifiable and prone to improvement in order to reduce decisional regret. All efforts should be made to improve availability of and access to tailored high quality fertility counseling and fertility preservation. Given the growing evidence that decision aids (DAs) are effective in increasing knowledge and reducing decisional conflict and regret, their use in a routine and timely manner to complement fertility counseling is recommended.
ISSN: 2072-6694
DOI: 10.3390/cancers13194735
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:I&D CEISUC - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais

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