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Multidisciplinary Shared Decision Making for Fertility Preservation in Young Women With Breast Cancer

 Soo Yeon Baek  ;  Hong-Kyu Kim  ;  Seho Park  ;  Jong Han Yu  ;  Min Hyuk Lee  ;  Hyun Jo Youn  ;  Hyun-Ah Kim  ;  Jai Hong Han  ;  Jung Eun Choi  ;  Jung Ryeol Lee  ;  Kyung-Hun Lee  ;  Seockhoon Chung  ;  Hee Dong Chae  ;  Seonok Kim  ;  Soyoung Yoo  ;  Sang Keun Hahm  ;  Hee Jeong Kim 
 JOURNAL OF BREAST CANCER, Vol.26 : e44, 2023-10 
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Breast Neoplasms ; Decision Making, Shared ; Fertility ; Fertility Preservation
Purpose: Fertility preservation (FP) is an important issue for young survivors of breast cancer. Although international guidelines recommend pre-treatment fertility counseling for women with breast cancer, there is no standardized protocol or referral system for FP in South Korea. There are also barriers to discussing FP that make patient-centered decision making difficult. This study aimed to develop a shared decision making program for FP and compare the rates of FP procedures between the usual care and shared decision making groups. We hypothesized that multidisciplinary shared decision making for FP would increase the rate of FP procedures and patient satisfaction.

Methods: The multidisciplinary shared decision making for FP in young women with breast cancer (MYBC) is a multicenter, clustered, stepped-wedge, randomized trial. A total of 1100 patients with breast cancer, aged 19-40 years, from nine hospitals in South Korea, will be enrolled. They will be randomized at the institutional level and assigned to usual care and shared decision making groups. Four institutions, each of which can recruit more than 200 patients, will each become a cluster, whereas five institutions, each of which can recruit more than 50 patients, will become one cluster, for a total of five clusters. The shared decision making groups will receive multidisciplinary programs for FP developed by the investigator. The primary outcome is the rate of FP procedures; secondary outcomes include fertility results, satisfaction, and quality of life. Outcomes will be measured at enrollment, treatment initiation, and the 1-, 3-, and 5-year follow-ups after starting breast cancer treatment.

Discussion: A multidisciplinary shared decision making program for FP is expected to increase fertility rates and satisfaction among young patients with breast cancer. This study will provide the evidence to implement a multidisciplinary system for patients with breast cancer.

Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT05139641. Registered on December 1, 2021.
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