Clin Oncol | Volume 6, Issue 1 | Research Article | Open Access

Cancer Putting Parenthood to the Test: Evaluation of the Needs and Difficulties Faced by Healthcare Professionals in an Oncology Department

Laurine Zerka1, Grégoire Benvegnu1*, Mathilde Thevenin2, Fanny Crozes3, Jean-Philippe Raynaud1, Rosine Guimbaud2 and Agnès Suc4

1Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (SUPEA), Toulouse University Hospital, France
2Department of digestive medical oncology, Toulouse University Hospital, France
3Toulouse University Hospital, France
4Pain Resource Center for Pediatric Palliative Care, Toulouse University Hospital, France

*Correspondance to: GrĂ©goire BENVEGNU 

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Introduction: Adults suffering from cancer not only face their own anxieties but also parental worries concerning their children’s future, particularly in psychological terms. For healthcare professionals, listening to these worries and supporting these patients can add to professional difficulties, potentially culminating in indirect traumas such as burnouts.
Method: The purpose of this study is to identify the needs and difficulties of oncological healthcare professionals in supporting their patients concerns about parenthood. We have carried out a joint descriptive analysis of semi-structured interviews held with the healthcare professionals from a Gastro-Intestinal Oncology team.
Results: This study sheds light on the difficulties encountered by healthcare professionals in approaching the psychological impact of the disease on their patient’s children with them, and particularly in deciding the most appropriate type of information to provide. The lack of subject knowledge is raised. Theoretical training requirements as well as interprofessional dialogue are
Conclusion: This work is designed as a preliminary study leading to the creation of subject-specific training tools to help oncology healthcare professionals deal with this problem which is unclear and under-estimated at the present time.


Oncology; Parenting; Healthcare professionals; Cancer; Training


Zerka L, Benvegnu G, Thevenin M, Crozes F, Raynaud J-P, Guimbaud R, et al. Cancer Putting Parenthood to the Test: Evaluation of the Needs and Difficulties Faced by Healthcare Professionals in an Oncology Department. Clin Oncol. 2021;6:1821..

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