Sexuality and thoughts about fertility in childhood cancer survivors

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Overall aim

The project investigates sexuality and thoughts about fertility in adolescents and young adults who have undergone treatment for childhood cancer. 

Project description

Experiences of sex and thoughts about dating and in the future having children of your own are studied in young survivors of childhood cancer (16-25 years). We performed 39 online focus group discussions (N=133) and individual interviews (N=19), to collect data. The written transcripts have been analyzed with content analysis and phenomenography. 

Principle Investigator

Lena Wettergren


Gabriela Armuand 

Lars E Eriksson

Anna Jervaeus 

Claudia Lampic 

Johan Malmros

Jenny Nilsson 

Catarina Widmark

Jeanette Winterling 


Cancer Research Foundations of Radiumhemmet

Doctoral School in Health Care Sciences

Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation

The Foundation Solstickan

Selected publications 

Wettergren L, Eriksson L, Nilsson J, Jervaeus A, Lampic C. Online focus group discussion is a valid and feasible mode when investigating sensitive topics among young persons with a cancer experience. JMIR Research Protocols 2016; 5(2):e86. 

Exploring childhood cancer survivors' views about sex and sexual experiences -findings from online focus group discussions.
Jervaeus A, Nilsson J, Eriksson L, Lampic C, Widmark C, Wettergren L
Eur J Oncol Nurs 2016 Feb;20():165-72

'Will I be able to have a baby?' Results from online focus group discussions with childhood cancer survivors in Sweden.
Nilsson J, Jervaeus A, Lampic C, Eriksson L, Widmark C, Armuand G, et al
Hum. Reprod. 2014 Dec;29(12):2704-11 

Jearvaeus A. Being young with a cancer experience. Health-related quality of life with special focus on independence and sexuality. Thesis for doctoral degree, Karolinska Institutet: May 2014.