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BCNA News 19 Feb 2018

Project explores LGBTI experience of cancer care

Breast Cancer Network Australia is proud to be partnering with Western Sydney University as part of a new research project exploring the experience of cancer survivorship and care among members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community.

Sexual and gender minorities represent a growing and medically underserved population in cancer care. Findings suggest LGBTI communities experience a disproportionate cancer burden and face unique psychosocial challenges, such as higher rates of cancer-related distress and sexual concerns, lower levels of family support, difficulties in accessing general health care or cancer services, gaps in patient-provider communication and lower satisfaction with cancer care.

The LGBTI experiences of cancer survivorship and care project aim to understand the experiences and concerns of cancer survivors and carers within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities. The project will examine the perspectives of cancer survivors, their carers and professional stakeholders to inform targeted patient and carer resources and recommendations for cancer care policy and service delivery.

The project is based at Western Sydney University in partnership with UNSW, Griffith, Monash, La Trobe and Melbourne universities. Other partner organisations include Cancer Council NSW, Prostate Cancer Foundation, National LGBT Health Alliance, AIDS Council of NSW, Sydney Children's Hospital Network and CANTEEN.

If you’re part of the LGBTI community and would like to share your breast cancer experience with us please get in contact by sending us a private message or email to policy@bcna.org.au