The Experience of TYAC Offered Ovarian Tissue Cryopreservation
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02830061|
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : July 12, 2016
Last Update Posted : October 26, 2017
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment|
|Cancer Fertility||Other: Interviews|
In the UK, around 2,200 teenagers and young adults (TYA) are diagnosed with cancer every year, and due to advances in treatments, survival rates have improved, with a current 5-year survival rate of more than 80%. This means there is a growing population of long-term survivors of childhood/adolescent cancer who may experience late effects of cancer and/or treatment. One such late effect is fertility impairment, which is a key issue for TYA with cancer. There are few clinical options currently available for the preservation of women's fertility in the UK; however, ovarian tissue cryopreservation (OTC) has been offered clinically at one primary treatment centre in the UK for the past 2-3 years. In an attempt to understand what it is like to be faced with potential infertility alongside a cancer diagnosis, previous studies have been conducted looking at young people's experiences of receiving, processing and living with this information, as well as their experiences of other FP techniques. However, no studies have looked at the experiences of cancer patients undergoing OTC. OTC differs to other FP options previously studied in several key ways, notably in that cancer treatment need not be delayed for it to go ahead, and it can be carried out with pre-pubertal females. This may mean that aspects of the process surrounding OTC are experienced differently to other FP options, and that OTC needs to be understood as a separate phenomenon. Although OTC is currently offered to women from birth to the age of 40 in the UK, the different experience of cancer and infertility across the lifespan necessitates a more specific focus for this study. TYA have been chosen as an understudied population, with more research needed to increase understanding of their unique psychosocial needs and their experience of health systems. Further, focusing on TYAC may capture individuals who have not started puberty and would therefore benefit from the introduction of this new technique by being unable to undergo other FP options.
The purpose of this research is therefore to take into account gaps in the literature and attempt to better understand the issues surrounding undergoing OTC for TYAC from the subjective experience of the individual.
|Study Type :||Observational|
|Estimated Enrollment :||10 participants|
|Official Title:||An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Study Into the Experience of Teenagers and Young Adults Who Have Been Offered Ovarian Tissue Cryopreservation Prior to Cancer Treatment.|
|Study Start Date :||July 2016|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||September 2018|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||September 2018|
Teenagers and young adults who have received a cancer diagnosis which puts them at moderate-to-high risk of fertility impairment. Semi-structured interviews will take place with each individual participant.
Individual semi-structured interviews for 30-60 minutes using an interview schedule developed from an interpretative phenomenological analysis framework.
- Individual semi-structured interviews about the experiences of Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer undergoing OTC [ Time Frame: up to 60 min ]