Cancer As An Equalizer?
Cancer affects all people, with no regard for age, gender identity, sexual orientation, wealth, education…
While these factors can unfortunately influence a person’s treatment options, and the likelihood they receive effective screening – cancer itself makes no such distinctions.
LGBT People Sometimes Suffer More…
LGBT people though sometimes find it more difficult to talk about cancer or enjoy the support systems that exist outside the LGBT community. Not everyone is out to their doctor. Not everyone feels comfortable bringing their partner to a medical setting.
A New Support System In Place
We are excited to be able to share that two new online support groups have just been launched by the National LGBT Cancer Network, one for lesbian and bisexual women, and another for transgender individuals.
From the Network’s announcement:
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 who live further from major metropolitan areas are very unlikely to find one at all. A study conducted by the National LGBT Cancer Network confirmed that tailored support groups were the top request made by LGBT cancer survivors.
These groups aim to help with these issues. More information can be found at the National LGBT Cancer Network.