When Patients Identify as Gay, Lesbian, or Transgender, bisexual and queer, cancer care may be less than ideal, says Kalah Siege in the February 2019 issue of Everyday Health.

“Most oncologists say they don’t know enough about how to treat patients in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community, according to new research published January 16, 2019, in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. But most are also interested in learning more, the research found.”

We’ve compiled and vetted resourced to help members of the LGBTQ community from a cancer diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.

LGBT HealthLink, a program of CenterLink, is a community-driven national network of experts and professionals enhancing LGBT health by reducing health disparities within our communities

The mission of Fenway Health is to enhance the well-being of the LGBTQIA+ community and all people in our neighborhoods and beyond through access to the highest quality comprehensive health care, education, research, and advocacy.

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.

The National LGBT Cancer Project Clinical Trials Resource Center, presented in partnership with CenterWatch, the leading publisher of information on clinical research for patients and their advocates and healthcare professionals. Please click on the links below to learn more about clinical research and new medical therapies for treating cancer.

A cancer diagnosis has a profound effect on everyone, including the patient, caregiver, family, and members of the patient’s community. Sexual orientation and gender identity are two of the many factors that influence one’s likelihood of being diagnosed with cancer, and how one responds to that diagnosis. CancerCare recognizes and supports gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their families, whether those families are biological or created by choice. Visit their page for more information on

GLMA is a national organization committed to ensuring health equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and all sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals, and equality for LGBTQ/SGM health professionals in their work and learning environments. education, and research.

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Dana-Farber specialists provide expert treatment, care, compassion, and understanding for the types of cancers for which LGBTQ patients are at particular risk. Click here for a list of  Dana-Farber clinicians and staff who have indicated a special interest in treating and caring for LGBTQ patients.

In health care settings like an emergency room, the right documents will help make sure your wishes are respected. Create a document to make sure that the right person makes medical decisions for you when you can’t make them yourself. Read more in Tools for Protecting your Healthcare Wishes.

If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer and looking for a healthcare professional who is comfortable working with the LGBTQ community, the GLMA’s online Provider Directory can help. Search for primary care providers, specialists, therapists, dentists and other health professionals in your area. The service is free and you do not need to register. Please keep in mind:GLMA does not screen providers and therefore cannot make any guarantees. Read about ways we try to ensure quality By using this Directory you agree to GLMA’s  Terms of Use.

Confirm that the provider accepts your insurance before you access care. If you know of providers who are LGBTQ welcoming, please encourage them to create a free listing.

Out MetroWest currently runs more than a dozen youth meetings per month out of locations in Framingham, Newton, and Wellesley. Since 2011, OUT MetroWest has directly served more than 1,000 youth at its meetings, has conducted dozens of trainings for local schools and organizations, and has welcomed more than 200 guests at its events for LGBTQ+ families.

Know your rights, and how to assert them. Click here to search our online resources for information about LGBTQ and HIV rights across New England and beyond.