Year: 2019

When Patients Identify as Gay, Lesbian, or Transgender, Cancer Care May Be Less Than Ideal

Transgender patients are at least 50 percent less likely to be screened for certain cancers.

Most oncologists say they don’t know enough about how to treat patients in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community, according to new research published January 16, 2019, in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. But most are also interested in learning more, the research found.

Researchers from the NYU School of Medicine and Moffitt Cancer Center surveyed 450 oncologists from 45 NCI-designated cancer centers around the United States to gauge their level of knowledge with regard to treating people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, as well as their attitude, behavior, and willingness to learn more about serving this community....continue reading on Everyday Health

Cancer care has a long way to go to meet LGBTQ patient’s needs

LGBTQ patients have unique risk factors for cancer and oncologists admit they don’t know enough about them, a new national survey reveals.

The LGBTQ population’s health care needs are often different from those of cis-hetero patients, including when it comes to cancer detection and treatment. Sexual and gender minority individuals are at higher risk for certain cancers, and barriers to health care for this group are well-documented — but even when these patients make it to the doctor’s office, physicians may be unprepared to meet their needs.

A new national survey of oncologists found that most providers feel they don’t know enough about the specific health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients.

Asked about six aspects of cancer care and prevention among LGBTQ patients — including the effects of screening interventions, lifestyle risk factors and access to health insurance — many of the 149 oncologists who responded to the survey reported not knowing the facts or not being confident in their knowledge. All of the doctors work at National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers. ...continue reading on Huffington Post

Chris Harris Tribute Fund

Christian Harris, born in Providence, RI on December 23, 1967 to Beverly Boulton Cottam of Boynton Beach, FL and the late Robert L. Harris of South Kingstown, RI, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and close friends on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 “What’s up, ProviDANCE?” is a question familiar to anyone who has… Read more »