Questions for reflection

Sunday 1 June, 2014

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Thinking about your answers to the questions below may help you come to a decision. Many of these are personal decisions – there are no right or wrong answers.

  • How will I know when I have enough information and support?
  • What information and support do I need to determine the right time to plan a pregnancy?
  • How is cancer affecting my health right now?
  • How have my overall life plans changed as a result of the cancer?
  • Does my life plan include having a child?
  • If I decide not to have a child, what has led me to this decision?
  • Are there positive consequences of not having a child?
  • If I have cancer treatment, how quickly do I need to start?
  • Will cancer or its treatment affect my fertility?
  • If I have a child, is it important to me that it would be biologically related to me?
  • How much will this cost (total out-of-pocket fertility expenses)? Which parts are covered by Medicare rebate? What does my health insurance cover?
  • What fertility options do I have?
  • What does my partner think?
  • What are the pros of this fertility option?
  • What are the cons of this fertility option?
  • Which fertility option appeals more to me and why?
  • Which fertility option will I steer clear of and why?
  • Do I need further resources or clarification about this in order to feel more comfortable with my decision? If so, how and when will I seek this clarification?
  • Can I have a breakdown of the costs involved each step of the way?
  • Do I need to pay upfront before treatment begins?

Reviewers: Prof Martha Hickey, Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne, VIC; Franca Agresta, Clinical Research Manager, Melbourne IVF, VIC; Alyssa White, National Publications Project Manager, Cancer Council NSW; and Georgia Mills, Cancer Survivor.
Updated: 01 Jun, 2014