LGBTQ2+ cancer support for patients and caregivers

Queering Cancer aims to address inequalities in support for the community

Published: 27 October 2020 Equalities

A website has been set up to provide a community and forum for LGBTQ2+ people who have been affected by cancer.

Queering Cancer was created to address the unequal access to cancer screening, treatment and support for those that identify as lesiban, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirited.

Based in Canada, the website hopes to create an international community.

The website hosts an online community with seven individual forums focussing on different areas of cancer such as newly diagnosed and in active treatment.

Another section features four personal stories from LGBTQ2+ individuals affected by cancer including a poem by Charlie Manzano who co-manages the Transgender Cancer Patient Project.

There are also organisations in the UK that provide LGBT+ cancer support:

A report on LGBT+ cancer treatment experience by Macmillan Cancer Support  was produced for health professionals on the challenges the LGBT+ community faces in their experiences of treatment.

An online LGBT+ forum for cancer patients can be accessed on the Macmillan website, in addition to the LGBT+ Foundation which offers a wide range of support to the LGBT+ cancer community.