The video clip highlighted the importance of allowing the survivor and his partner the space to process the many emotions associated with this topic. Religious considerations are very important to consider, as there may be a stigma associated with options that individuals may have to navigate in their personal lives. We have several chaplains at my institution that have offered various perspectives related to fertility topics that our patients from various religious backgrounds may have. A great next step would be to link this couple to another couple or group in similar situation for support.
Great point awaojtowicz! Did you know that you can download a list of General Resources from your My Training Page? In that document we have a section devoted to patient support organizations (and much more) that you can share with your patients! Some of those patient support organizations even match up patients with a mentor or individual who is in a similar situation.
I sympathize with the partner in this video who wasn’t sure if she felt comfortable discussing their fertility concerns with her church community. Her faith, however, is clearly very important to her and she would benefit from an “unbiased” discussion of religion and fertility with someone who understands both sides. We have numerous chaplains within our hospital system and what a great idea to reach out to them to assist with initiating these discussions. I’m not sure why I’ve never thought of this before!
I agree that a support group or buddy/matching program is also essential in helping patients feel that they are not alone in these challenging situations.