Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities and cancer support


C Word | 13 11 20 |  Cancer Council Online Community | Cancer Connect | Support Groups | Queer Peers

Cancer Council NSW aims to improve the way the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex communities affected by cancer accesses support through the adoption of a more inclusive approach to the development and implementation of supportive care programs; unique barriers to care, and specific issues and concerns, have been identified. This may facilitate fairer access to health services and improved health outcomes for LGBTI communities across NSW

We have received 3 years financial assistance from the AURORA Group. aurora

  • Provided the Cancer Support Unit staff with, the ACON Inclusive training.
  • Worked with academics, researchers and consumers to develop an LGBTI Webinar.
  • Developed this dedicated LGBTI webpage
Fair Day

Cancer Council NSW is attending Mardi Gras Fair Day 2018, once again it’s an opportunity to promote awareness of its inclusive practice and programs available to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex communities affected by cancer.  It is also the year for Cancer Council to focus on our prevention message of benefits of physical activity and sun protection.

Cancer Council has the opportunity to be at Fair day with our colleagues from Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA), across three marquis in Victoria Park Camperdown.

Come along and meet Cancer Council staff and volunteers, join us for at the stand for the fun of being with PCFA at the photo booth and be entertained by the drag queens.

John-Paul Gilius

John-Paul’s story

“Our first date never ended,” says John-Paul Gilius of the first time he met his soulmate, John Murphy. And that beautiful first date would still be going, if the cruel hand of pancreatic cancer hadn’t taken John away far too soon, barely four years later. 


Resources for gay and bisexual men

Webinar: Anal Cancer: In Gay and Bisexual Men
Raising awareness of prevention, screening, diagnosis and the lived experience of anal cancer.

Two of the support programs referred to in the final slide of this webinar are no longer active, please call 13 11 20 for alternative choices of support.

Webinar: Cancer: It’s out of the closet
Talking about the experiences of the LGBTI community with cancer.

Read about anal cancer research into prevention of morbidity and mortality of anal cancer supported by Cancer Council NSW

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) have additional resources for gay and bisexual men diagnosed with prostate cancer

C Word

Resources for lesbians, bisexual, queer and/or questioning women

The C Word support group was established by Cancer Council NSW (and initially ACON) for same sex attracted women that are diagnosed with any cancer, and their partners and carers. The group provides a safe and confidential space for women to come together, share their experiences and gain support. 

Janette Gilbert shares her story of navigating the straight world of cancer…   Janette  is  a co facilitator of the C Word Cancer Support Group for lesbians and same sex attracted women, describes how she was changed by her cancer experience.

#TalkTouchTest is an ongoing breast health campaign from ACON for all LBQ women and the broader LGBTI communities. 

Resources for LGBTI people and communities

Resources for LGBTI people and communities

QLife is a national, free, confidential LGBTI phone and webchat service, open 3pm to midnight every day of the year. You can talk to a peer counsellor for LGBTI-specific support, information and referrals, including for people with cancer.
Webchat: qlife.org.au | Phone: 1800 184 527

Genders, Bodies, and Relationships Passport…  This document provides a single place in which to record critical information about your health, with particular focus on your gender, body, and relationships. Available to anyone who wishes to ensure that their genders, bodies, and relationships are respected in interactions with health and social care services. Ideal for intersex, trans, and/or gender diverse people.


13 11 20 Cancer Information and Support

Cancer Council 13 11 20 Information and Support program provides free information and support and is a referral pathway to access emotional and practical assistance for anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis. We can connect you with LGBTI support services and support groups across NSW.

Call us on 13 11 20 | Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, or leave a message and one of our specialist health professionals will contact you on the next business day.    

A Translator service is available for languages other than English. Call: 13 14 50.


Cancer Connect

Cancer Connect is one to one telephone peer support for people affected by cancer.  We can support people who identify as same sex attracted through matched connections with a trained volunteer who shares similar experiences. The match with the peer support volunteer is designed around the cancer type, age, lifestyle and interests. This unique relationship is designed to support people, to assist to reduce levels of distress, and also by providing coping strategies.


Telephone Support Groups

Cancer Council provides free telephone support groups. By talking with people going through similar experiences there is the opportunity to get support and information, Cancer Council telephone support groups provides the space to acknowledge and normalise concerns about living with cancer. The groups are structured to assist patients, families and carers inclusive of their gender or cultural identity.

In April 2016 we launched our telephone support group for gay and bisexual men living with a diagnosis of anal cancer.


Cancer Council Online Community 

Cancer Council Online Community is an online support service providing peer-based support. The Online community participants can discuss experiences and share stories, provide tips and coping strategies to help normalise concerns around cancer, this online community is a forum to provide a connection to people in similar circumstances.