Mothering and self-othering: The impact of uncertain reproductive capability in young women after hematological malignancy

22 June 2016

We explored the experience of uncertain fertility, pregnancy and motherhood in twelve young women treated for haematological malignancy during their reproductive years. It is demonstrated how, through interpretations of the women’s own words, these women lived and coped with a sense of “otherness” in relation to their peers. The concept of otherness is described and discussed in relation to relevant existing literature and it is concluded that, regardless of their cancer history, young women’s uncertainty in this context has a broad impact on their psychosocial health and requires sensitive and empathic information, discussion and support.