Breast Cancer Research Centre - WA

BCRC-WA Offspring Study finds unmet needs for children of patients with breast cancer

Breast cancer (BC) accounts for 24% of female cancers, with approximately one quarter of women likely to have offspring aged less than 25 years. Recent publications demonstrate negative psychosocial well-being in these offspring. We prospectively assessed for psychological distress and unmet needs in offspring of BC
patients.

The BCRC-WA Offspring Study has been published confirming high levels of psychological distress in offspring of BC patients, with female offspring reporting significantly higher emotional distress and unmet needs. More than 50% of respondents reported unmet needs in areas that can potentially be supported, including greater information provision, improving prac-tical issues, and enabling sufficient recreational time.

Read the full Offspring study findings here.