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Clinical Oncologists Lead the Movement to Improve Cancer Care for LGBT People

LizMargolies2by Liz Margolies, LCSW, Founder/Executive Director National LGBT Cancer Network

 

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) cancer patients (and those who love them) experience extra challenges after diagnosis and continuing many years post treatment. There is research to show that LGBT cancer survivors report lower satisfaction with their cancer care than heterosexual survivors and these differences extend to their quality of life following treatment.  Lesbian and bisexual cancer survivors are over twice as likely to report fair or poor health post treatment, compared to heterosexual female survivors. Gay, bisexual and transgender men have more psychological distress after surviving cancer than their heterosexual and cisgender peers. These studies are published but not well known, reflecting the invisibility of LGBT people within the healthcare system.  Last week, a huge change occurred in LGBT visibility and a professional commitment to address these health disparities: the American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO) released a position paper, calling out the impact of discrimination on LGBT people in society and within the healthcare system. More important than simply listing the additional difficulties LGBT cancer survivors face, the position paper recommends multiple actions that will correct the problems, with a focus on those that oncologists can take the lead in bringing about.  ASCO Issues Recommendations for Reducing Cancer Disparities among Sexual and Gender Minority Populations

 

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Canada Leads the Way

Canada-flagby Anne Katz PhD, RN

The American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO) recently released new guidelines that are important for survivorship care. One is on screening, assessment and care of anxiety and depressive symptoms in adults with cancer (Andersen et al., 2014; published online on April 14, 2014; DOI:10.1200/JCO.2013.52.4611). This guideline is an adaptation of the Pan-Canadian Guideline on screening (Howell et al., 2011) however ASCO has made some changes based on local context and the “practice beliefs” of the committee members in the US.

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