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… Read more »
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 »
Is the Topic Too Personal? Doctors ask their patients a lot of highly personal questions. They’ll tackle serious topics such as domestic violence and depression, and have no problem asking their patients potentially embarrassing questions about bowel movements and menstrual cycles. But when it comes to gender identity and sexual orientation, many doctors avoid the… Read more »
(New York, NY September 5, 2018) The National LGBT Cancer Network is the newest recipient of a $2.5 million five year award from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to expand resources for their grantees serving LGBTQ people at risk for tobacco-related cancers. “The LGBTQ communities smoke at rates significantly higher than other populations. That… Read more »
Matthew Zachary of Stupid Cancer interviews our Executive Director Liz Margolies
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) cancer patients (and those who love them) experience extra challenges after diagnosis and continuing many years post treatment. There is research to show that LGBT cancer survivors report lower satisfaction with their cancer care than heterosexual survivors and these differences extend to their quality of life following treatment. Lesbian… Read more »
Imagine that you find a lump under your skin, or that you’re having trouble breathing, or are in pain. You’re afraid you might have a serious health problem — possibly cancer — but you’re also reluctant to go to the doctor.
Why might you postpone or avoid contact with the health care system? Maybe you can’t afford health insurance or a have a history of negative experiences with hospitals and doctors.
So you keep putting off that doctor’s appointment, and, potentially, you keep getting sicker.
That’s the experience of many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, who, according to studies, face a greater risk of getting cancer due to risk factors like tobacco and alcohol use, yet are less likely to seek and benefit from health care. Ultimately, this could mean that cancer is picked up at a later stage, when it is more difficult to treat....continue reading on curetoday.com
Upon receipt of a cancer diagnosis, bias and judgement from medical providers should not be a concern for patients.
However, research has shown that patients who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) regularly experience increased anxiety and fear discrimination in medical situations. LGBTQ cancer survivors consistently report lower satisfaction with medical care, and gay, bisexual and transgender men who survive cancer appear more likely to experience depression or relationship difficulties.
Barriers to care exist in these communities, as well....continue reading on Healio.com
While cancer does not know sexual orientation or gender preference, health care providers do, and this can often create barriers for certain patients.
At the 2016 Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 41st Annual Congerss, Liz Margolies, LCSW, founder and executive director of the National LGBT Cancer Network, spoke about the problems members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community face when it comes to cancer care....continue reading on curetoday.com