Those in the LGBTQ+ community can face additional challenges when diagnosed with cancer. Many LGBTQ individuals continuously fear discrimination or harassment, and others don’t have a doctor or medical provider that they can trust with their personal information.
Finding “LGBTQ+ positive” medical providers can make a difference regarding an individual’s mental and physical health. It is critically important to enlist a health care team that can be compassionate, sensitive, caring and is attuned to the special issues faced by LGBTQ+ people.
Here are some important resources for LBGTQ+ people with cancer:
The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association(www.glma.org) directory features a comprehensive list of LGBTQ+ positive medical practitioners.
The National LGBT Cancer Network (www.cancer-network.org) has a comprehensive list of cancer resources for the LGBT community.
The National LGBT Cancer Project (www.lgbtcancer.org ) has information about coming out to your doctor, along with a directory of LGBT-positive medical providers.