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Psychosocial Impact of Cancer-Related Female Infertility

14 Years
Not Enrolling
Hodgkin's Disease, Cervical Cancer, Breast Cancer, Lymphoma

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Trial Information

Psychosocial Impact of Cancer-Related Female Infertility

Women from the M. D. Anderson tumor registry who were diagnosed from 1992 to 1997 with
invasive cervical cancer, breast cancer, Hodgkin's disease, or non-Hodgkin's lymphoma will
be asked to participate. Researchers have chosen these types of cancers because they are
the most common cancers in women of reproductive age. In addition, many of the standard
treatments for these diseases have the potential to cause infertility.

If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete a survey over the phone. Topics
that will be addressed by the survey include demographic information (such as age, sex,
etc.), medical information, health-related quality of life, emotional distress, and stress
related to interrupted childbearing. Some other topics include anxiety related to the
impact of cancer on childbearing, menopausal symptoms, spiritual well-being, relationship
happiness, sexual satisfaction, and attitudes about parenthood after cancer. The phone
survey should take around 90 minutes to complete.

If you feel distressed at any time during or after your participation in this study, you
will be given a referral for professional counseling.


Up to 2091 women will be invited to participate in this study. All will be enrolled at M.
D. Anderson.

Inclusion Criteria:

1. Women must be survivors of breast cancer, cervical cancer, Hodgkin's Disease, or
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. (We have chosen these three sites because they are the most
common malignancies in women of reproductive age that have reasonable rates of
long-term survival. In addition, many of the standard treatments for these
malignancies impair fertility.)

2. Women must have been diagnosed before the age of 41, i.e., of childbearing age at the
time of diagnosis and/or beyond.

3. Women must be at least age 14 currently to participate, because of the concern that
younger girls may not be emotionally mature enough to have considered the emotional
aspects of infertility, and may also not have full knowledge about reproduction.

4. Women must must have been diagnosed between the years of 1993-1998, making them,
roughly 5- to 10-year survivors.

5. We are not going to exclude women based on cancer stage or treatment status, as long
as they have survived for 5 to 10 years.

Exclusion Criteria:

1. Women's fluency in English must be adequate to complete the interview (approximately
6th grade level).

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective

Outcome Measure:

Emotional Impact of Cancer Treatment on Childbearing: Female Cancer Survivor Response to Telephone Survey

Outcome Time Frame:

Single telphone survey lasting about 90 minutes, 4 Years to collect complete surveys

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Leslie R. Schover, PhD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

December 2004

Completion Date:

November 2008

Related Keywords:

  • Hodgkin's Disease
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Hodgkin's Disease
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Female Infertility
  • Telephone Survey
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
  • Hodgkin Disease
  • Infertility
  • Infertility, Female
  • Lymphoma



U.T.M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Houston, Texas  77030