Lena Wettergren


Dr. Lena Wettergren is a Visiting Scholar in HDRP's Outcomes Research Branch (ORB). She earned her doctorate in medical science (nursing) from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, where she now holds a position as a Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor. She co-leads a research group focusing on quality of life and health outcomes in persons with long-lasting conditions, primarily cancer. Cancer survivorship is a major area of focus in her research, with a growing emphasis on fertility and sexual concerns among young cancer survivors.

From 2009 to 2011 Dr. Wettergren was head of the Division of Nursing at Karolinska Institutet and she has held several academic appointments within research and research education. She recently received a six-year research position funded by the Swedish Children's Cancer Foundation to evaluate interventions to overcome sexual dysfunction and fertility distress among young adults with cancer.

While at NCI, Dr. Wettergren is working on analyses using data from the Adolescent and Young Adult Health Outcomes and Patient Experience (AYA HOPE) Study, focusing on fertility preservation and quality of life. She is also working with the SEER-Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (SEER-MHOS) linked database.