We know that the experiences of LGBTQ+ people in cancer care differ from those of cisgender, heterosexual people. Ovacome members have helped us understand the challenges that LGBTQ+ people face throughout their diagnosis and treatment. 

These challenges include a lack of suitable information and support, and healthcare professionals or other patients making incorrect assumptions about sexuality or gender, adding unnecessary stress to the diagnostic and treatment process. 

As a result of our LGBTQ+ focus group we produced a leaflet for healthcare professionals explaining the importance of not making assumptions: 

"When healthcare professionals asked the very simple question 'who have you brought with you today?', this put us at ease straight away."

Many members of our community identify as LGBT+ and may not be in heterosexual, cisgender relationships. They have told us how valuable it is when healthcare professionals have helped them feel comfortable to talk about their sexuality and gender.

When you ask and don’t assume, you can make a real difference.

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Enhancing Patient Experience

We offer online education sessions for healthcare professionals to inform your medical practice as you care for those with ovarian cancer.   

Sessions highlight the diversity of patient experience, with particular focus on health inequalities and the barriers to care faced by underrepresented groups. We offer simple but meaningful ways for you to address these inequalities and apply the learning in your everyday practice. We also cover the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and the importance of considering ovarian cancer early on as a possible diagnosis.    

You will hear directly from people affected by ovarian cancer to better understand the patient experience and what you can do to improve ovarian cancer care for all. There will be time for questions and all attendees will be sent follow-up resources summarizing key learnings.    

We offer specific sessions on supporting LGBTQ+ affected by ovarian cancer, co-produced with members of the Ovacome community.

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Other useful resources

Macmillan cancer support: Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people with cancer - a practical guide for cancer and other healthcare professionals

Marie Curie: Caring for LGBTQ+ people at the end of life

Find out more about how we support healthcare professionals here

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Related

Information for transgender, non-binary and intersex people

Join our LGBTQ+ focus group

Community blog posts