Support Groups for Survivors

The National LGBT Cancer Network* is offering FREE online support forums to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cancer survivors (internet access required to participate). Many LGBT survivors do not feel welcome or understood in mainstream support groups, and transgender survivors have been especially excluded. There are very few LGBT cancer support groups across the country, and those individuals who live further from major metropolitan areas are unlikely to find one at all. A study conducted by the National LGBT Cancer Network confirmed that LGBT-specific support groups were the top request made by LGBT cancer survivors. So, we decided to do something about it ourselves.

For more information or to register for an upcoming group, please read the following information carefully:

We are offering separate forums for interested participants: a forum for lesbian and bisexual women, a forum for gay and bisexual men, and a forum for transgender and gender variant people with cancer. Each forum will be moderated by a social worker and will be available to participants 24 hours per day, seven days per week. The groups will operate in 12-week cycles, with new members accepted for the first four weeks of the cycle, and then the group will be closed until the next cycle. Members must participate actively in the forums (reading and responding to forum posts at least once per week).

Forum topics may include:

  • Coming out to healthcare providers
  • Sexuality and relationships after cancer treatment
  • Pressure for gender conformity
  • Body image

For more information or to register for an upcoming online support group, please send us an email to info@cancer-network.org. You will be contacted by a staff member.