Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Survivorship

Elsevier, Seminars in Oncology Nursing, Volume 34, Issue 1, February 2018, Pages 52-59.
Authors: 
Charles Kamen

Objective

To discuss lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)-specific survivorship issues including: integrating sexual and gender minority identities with cancer survivor identities; coordinating medical care and disclosing identities to health care providers; dealing with late effects of treatment; and addressing LGBT family and relationship issues.

Data Sources

Published articles, quotes from an online survey of 311 LGBT survivors.

Conclusion

The transition from active cancer treatment to survivorship presents challenges, and LGBT cancer survivors may face additional challenges as they enter the survivorship phase.

Implications for Nursing Practice

Oncology nurses can improve the quality of survivorship care delivered to LGBT survivors and their caregivers by addressing the disparities and gaps in health care.