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

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Resources for gay and bisexual men | Resources for lesbian and bisexual women | Resources for LGBTI people | 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 (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.

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. 

Read John-Paul’s story…


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Resources for gay, bisexual, queer and/or questioning men

Webinar: Anal Cancer: In Gay and Bisexual Men
Raises 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Two of the support programs referred to in the final slide of this webinar are no longer active, please call 13 11 20 for alternative choices of support.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
Talks 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.


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

Support Groups 
Currently there are no dedicated cancer support groups for same sex attracted women active in NSW. The Cancer Council Information and Support Data base provides information on all support groups across NSW.  Please contact Sally Carveth sallyc@nswcc.org.au or Kim Pearce kimp@nswcc.org.au to discuss the purpose of groups, which may reflect more inclusive support groups.  

Janette Gilbert shares her story of navigating the straight world of cancer
Janette, who is 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. For more on this, see The Inner Circle.


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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 to record critical information about your health, with a focus on your gender, body, and relationships. It is available to anyone who wishes to ensure that their genders, bodies, and relationships are respected in interactions with health and social care services, and is ideal for intersex, trans, and/or gender diverse people.


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13 11 20 Cancer Information and Support

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.


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Cancer Connect

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.


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Telephone Support Groups

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.


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Cancer Council Online Community 

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.


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