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