Journal article

Cancer during pregnancy: A qualitative study of healthcare experiences of Australian women

Lesley Stafford, Michelle Sinclair, Katrin Gerber, Leah Collins, Louise Newman, Christobel Saunders, Angela Ives, Kylie D Mason, Michelle Peate, Jocelyn Lippey, Mark P Umstad, Kerry Shanahan, Ruth Little



OBJECTIVES: To identify features enhancing the quality of healthcare experiences for women with gestational cancer, and explore the impact of the heterogeneous Australian healthcare system on those experiences. METHODS: Semi-structured, qualitative interviews were conducted with women diagnosed with any cancer during pregnancy in the last five years. Recruitment occurred during 2018-2019 via social media and professional, clinical and community networks. Questions related to women's experiences of their healthcare, wellbeing and psychosocial needs. Interviews were analysed thematically. RESULTS: Study participants (n = 23) received treatment in the private sector (n = 10), public sector (n =..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the Western and Central Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service (WCMICS) and The Royal Women's Hospital Foundation. Michelle Peate is supported by a University of Melbourne Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Fellowship. These funding bodies had no role in the study design, execution, analysis, interpretation of the data, or the decision to submit results. The funding bodies have had no role in the writing of this manuscript.