At Livestrong, we prioritize a person-centered approach to cancer care for all survivors. There are an estimated one million LGBTQ+ cancer survivors in the United States. In honor of Pride Month, we’ve gathered helpful resources for members of the LGBTQ+ community affected by cancer.
Livestrong’s Living After Cancer Treatment-LGBTQ+ Brochure offers resources related to the physical, emotional, and day-to-day concerns of LGBTQ+ cancer survivors.
At Livestrong’s Icon Summit, Scout, CEO of the National LGBT Cancer Network, shared results of their OUT Survey that shed light on the unique challenges the LGBTQ+ community faces when diagnosed with cancer.
American Cancer Society
“GLMA is a national organization committed to ensuring health equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) communities and equality for LGBTQ+ health professionals in their work and learning environments. To achieve this mission, GLMA utilizes the scientific expertise of its diverse multidisciplinary membership to inform and drive advocacy, education, and research.”
“The National Coalition for LGBTQ Health is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals through federal and local advocacy, education, and research. The Coalition addresses the entire LGBTQ community, including individuals of every sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, and age regardless of disability, income, education, and geography.”
“The National LGBT Cancer Network works to improve the lives of LGBT cancer survivors and those at risk by:
- EDUCATING the LGBT community about our increased cancer risks and the importance of screening and early detection;
- TRAINING health care providers to offer more culturally-competent, safe and welcoming care; and
- ADVOCATING for LGBT survivors in mainstream cancer organizations, the media and research.”
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