Survivorship care needs among LGBT cancer survivors

Julia Seay, Darryl Mitteldorf, Alena Yankie, William F. Pirl, Erin Kobetz, Matthew Schlumbrecht

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Abstract

Objective: To better understand survivorship care needs among LGBT cancer survivors. Design: We administered an anonymous online survey. Sample: LGBT cancer survivors living in the United States. Methods: Participants were recruited via the National LGBT Cancer Project. The survey measured sociodemographic characteristics, social support, posttraumatic stress, and survivorship care needs. Results: Approximately 72% of our 114 participants were cisgender male and 87% were white. Almost all participants reported at least some unmet survivorship care needs (73%), with over half of participants reporting unmet psychological and sexuality care needs. Participants who reported their oncologist was not LGBT-competent had greater unmet needs (t(82) = 2.5, p = 0.01) and greater posttraumatic stress (t(91) = 2.1, p = 0.035). Conclusions: LGBT cancer survivors have significant unmet survivorship care needs, and lack of oncologist LGBT-competence is associated with unmet needs. Implications for Psychosocial Providers: Our results suggest the need for LGBT competency training for providers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - May 22 2018

Keywords

  • cancer survivor
  • LGBT
  • survivorship
  • survivorship care needs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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