Information for healthcare professionals

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.

Download leaflet

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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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