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Cancer Council NSW aims to improve the way the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) communities access support services for people affected by cancer.
Our supportive care programs take a more inclusive approach.
We understand that LGBTI people diagnosed with cancer have unique issues and concerns, and our support services are committed to meeting these needs in a sensitive way.
The first step is to ensure there is fairer access to health services and improved health outcomes for LGBTI communities across NSW.
With a 3-year financial assistance grant from the AURORA Group, we’ve been able to:
- Provide Cancer Support Unit staff with ACON Inclusion training
- Work with academics, researchers and consumers to develop two LGBTI webinars
- Develop this dedicated LGBTI webpage.
Cancer Council NSW is involved in an international study that focuses on LGBTQI+ communities and their experiences of cancer and cancer care.
The study also looks at the experiences of people who have cared for a LGBTQI+ person with cancer.
Results from the Out With Cancer Research Study will be used to develop better information and support for LGBTQI+ people with cancer, and their carers.
To find out more about the study and complete the survey, go to www.westernsydney.edu.au/outwithcancer
Webinar: Anal Cancer: In Gay and Bisexual Men
Two of the support programs referred to in the final slide of this webinar are no longer active, please call 13 11 20 for alternative choices of support.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
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.
Janette Gilbert shares her story of navigating the straight world of cancer
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.
Genders, Bodies, and Relationships Passport
Cancer Council 13 11 20 Information and Support program offers free information and support. It is also 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 provides one-to-one telephone peer support for people affected by cancer.
Our service supports people who identify as same-sex attracted by matching you with a trained volunteer who shares similar experiences. Our matches are based on the cancer type, age, lifestyle and interests.
If you are affected by cancer, this unique relationship can help support you, reduce your levels of distress, and give you good coping strategies.
Cancer Council NSW offers free telephone support groups.
Talking with people who are going through similar experiences to you can be comforting – you can get the support and information you need in a safe space, and this may even help you get a sense of normality in your life. The groups are structured to assist patients, families and carers inclusive of their gender or cultural identity.
We also have a telephone support group for gay and bisexual men living with a diagnosis of anal cancer.
Cancer Council Online Community is an online support service providing peer-based support.
The Online Community is a safe space where you can talk about your experiences with cancer, and share tips and strategies on how to cope with the challenges you, and your family, may face both during and after cancer treatment.