Journal article

Isolation experienced by women with gestational cancer: could peer support and tailored information be the answer?

Lesley Stafford, Michelle Sinclair, Katrin Gerber, Christobel Saunders, Angela Ives, Michelle Peate, Jocelyn Lippey, Ruth Little



Women diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy (gestational cancer) are a small but vulnerable population, with experts suggesting they require greater psycho-social support than either other women with cancer or other pregnant women. However, information on their psychological needs remains sparse. This commentary describes our work exploring the psychological needs of women diagnosed with gestational cancer, areas of unmet need we identified, and our recommendations for future programs and research. We conducted in-depth, semi-structured interviews with 23 Australian women diagnosed with gestational cancer in the preceding 5 years. Our findings depicted a group of women for whom cancer diagn..

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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.