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PSYCHOSOCIAL, ETHICAL, AND LEGAL ISSUES Third-Party Reproduction and Adoption in Cancer Patients

By Allison Rosen


Objective: To assess whether cancer patients receive timely information on adoption and third-party reproduction and whether discrimination exists in the system. Methods: A con-venience sample of 11 cancer organizations, 6 international adoption agencies, and 7 adoption specialists was informally surveyed by phone, by e-mail, and in person. Results: Cancer organizations did not know whether cancer is a barrier to adoption; what a survivor needs to do to adopt; or whether or not a cancer survivor should disclose their cancer history to the adoption agency, home study worker, etc. They could not identify resources for a survivor experiencing discrimination or adoption agencies that are cancer friendly. They did not know whether a survivor should adopt domestically or inter-nationally to increase the likelihood of success. Adoption agen-cies identifi ed their chief concern as the welfare of the chil

Year: 2014
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