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High-risk premenopausal women's experiences of undergoing prophylactic oophorectomy: A descriptive study

Hallowell, N; Mackay, J; Richards, M; Gore, M; Jacobs, I; (2004) High-risk premenopausal women's experiences of undergoing prophylactic oophorectomy: A descriptive study. Genetic Testing , 8 (2) pp. 148-156.

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Abstract

Women who are at increased risk of developing ovarian cancer because of their family history may need to make decisions about the medical management of their cancer risk-whether to have ovarian screening or undergo prophylactic surgery. This qualitative study explores the perceived physical and emotional implications of undergoing preventative surgery using data collected during interviews with 23 high-risk premenopausal women who had undergone prophylactic oophorectomy because of their family history of cancer. Despite the fact that all of these women regarded their decision to undergo surgery extremely positively, 20 women also described what they regarded as the costs of undergoing surgery. These included post-operative complications, the onset of menopausal symptoms, side effects of hormone replacement therapy, and negative effects on body image and gender identity. The perceived benefits of surgery were described as risk reduction, enabling one to fulfil family obligations, removing the need for gynecological screening, cessation of menstruation, and positive side effects of hormone replacement therapy. This study suggests there is a need to inform women about potential physical and emotional sequelae of oophorectomy prior to undergoing this procedure

Type: Article
Title: High-risk premenopausal women's experiences of undergoing prophylactic oophorectomy: A descriptive study
Additional information: WoS ID: 000223513900013 JournalSUM849BWGENET TEST
Keywords: 20, A, ALL, AND, BODY, CANCER, COMPLICATION, COMPLICATIONS, EXPERIENCE, families, FAMILY, FOR, Gender, Gender Identity, HAD, Histories, history, HORMONE, Hormone Replacement Therapy, IS, JOURNAL, MANAGEMENT, NEED, OF, ONSET, Postoperative Complications, REPLACEMENT, REPLACEMENT THERAPY, RISK, SCREENING, SEQUELAE, SURGERY, SYMPTOMS, THE, THERAPY, WOMEN
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Cancer Institute
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Cancer Institute > Research Department of Oncology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/66769
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