The National LGBT Cancer Network has selected these resources because of their commitment to offering safe, affordable, welcoming care to all LGBT people. Each facility has a Personal Contact who will guide you in setting up your appointments and assure your comfort and safety when you arrive.
Cancer and the LGBT Community
There are approximately 1 million LGBT cancer survivors in the country today.
This is based on the common estimate that approximately 10% of the population is gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or transgender.
Nearly every doctor has LGBT people as patients.
According to the 2000 Census, same-sex couples are present in 99% of the counties in this country.
This statistic does not factor in single LGBT people, those not able to come out publicly and transgender men and women who may identify as heterosexual. It is impossible to determine who is LGBT by looking at a person’s appearance, age or marital status.
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The National LGBT Cancer Project – Out With Cancer is our country’s first and leading Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered cancer survivor support and advocacy nonprofit organization. Out With Cancer is committed to improving the health of LGBT cancer survivors with peer to peer support, patient navigation, education and advocacy.
Out With Cancer’s volunteers include oncologists, social workers and psychologists. Many of them are cancer survivors or family members of cancer survivors. All of them are united with you in their fight against cancer and in support of equal and appropriate access to health care for our LGBT community.
On lgbtcancer.org, you will find patient and doctor written articles about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered people diagnosed with cancer, research references and resources for our national cancer survivor community. Out With Cancer is our country’s premier voice of LGBT cancer survivors.
On their website you’ll find live, online support, blogs and articles by and for all Gay, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered people diagnosed with cancer. It’s free, it’s friendly. It’s supportive. It’s informative. It’s often life saving.
About the Organization
The National LGBT Cancer Project and Out With Cancer, constitute the first national LGBT cancer nonprofit organization in the United States.
LGBT Cancer Project and Out With Cancer, work to improve the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual people diagnosed with cancer by:
Conducting conferences for LGBT people, caregivers and clinicians about the cancer risks and survivor experiences of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people.
Increasing awareness of LGBT cancer issues and survivor experiences.
Developing an LGBT cancer survivor community through internet and in-person networks and support groups.
Developing research on LGBT cancer surveillance, treatment and psycho-social needs.
Advocacy of LGBT cancer survivors issues.
Developing and distributing LGBT cancer survivor information in community and clinical settings.
Informing clinicians about the unique needs of LGBT people diagnosed with cancer.
The Coalition is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals through federal advocacy that is focused on research, policy, education, and training.
The LGBT community includes individuals of every sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, and age; regardless of disability, income, education, and geography. Their members are dedicated to effecting change by uniting this rich diversity at the national level.