July 3, 2013 | by Staff reports
Cancer burden greater for LGBT patients: report
Cancer, Gay News, Washington Blade, Health

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LAS VEGAS — A June  report found that LGBT cancer survivors reported struggles with stigma, fear and support in their health care, according to the National LGBT Cancer Network, which produced the report with help  from the Network for LGBT Health Equity and Human Rights Campaign’s Health & Aging Program. 

The report found that the history and/or fear of discrimination stopped some from coming out to their doctors during treatment and made them more cautious. The majority of those who had come out to their medical team, 58 percent, did so to correct assumptions, with no form or outlet to express their orientation otherwise. Most of those who did come out did not tell the entire medical staff, only the primary care physician and/or surgeon and oncologist, the report said.

Their locations often affected how welcome they felt, partly due to legal reasons and how conservative or liberal the region was, the report noted. Some were uncomfortable or afraid in religious institutions, afraid their care would be inadequate if their doctors found out about their orientation, the National LGBT Cancer Network researchers wrote in the report.

Some said they had experienced discrimination in treatment.

2 Comments
  • Actually, the report was written by the National LGBT Cancer Network and the Network for LGBT Health Equity, with some funding by HRC. It is based on the Cancer Network’s researach

  • The entire tesm at the Uva Emily Couric cancer Center has always been wonderful to us both both during my partner's treatment the last 14 months They all come to say hello and laugh with us. YOU must take charge of your care IF feel anyone isn't on your team to survive then get rid of them Yell and fight as much as it takes to get all results & all options available! 'NO' is never an option!

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