Improving the cancer journey for lesbian, gay and bisexual people living with cancer

An investigation into the quality of life, support and experiences of LGBT people with cancer will be used to improve their experiences through the cancer pathway.

Every year in the UK, 250,000 people are diagnosed with cancer while more than two million people are living with the disease. Although there are multiple factors, there is increasing recognition that an individual’s social characteristics play part in their quality of life and survivorship. These differences are known as cancer inequalities and they include lesbian, gay, bisexual people and transsexual (LGBT) people.

Learning more about LGBT people living through cancer

Estimates suggest that there may be 40,000 LGBT people living with cancer in the UK; yet relatively little is known about their experiences of care and support. International studies suggest that LGBT people have higher risks and increased prevalence of some cancers in comparison to the general population. Yet, due to the lack of formal support groups and targeted health information, LGBT people may have a poorer post-diagnosis experience and lower quality of life with cancer.

This study seeks to understand the nature of LGBT patients’ support networks, their need for appropriate information and their experience through the cancer pathway, so we can develop effective guidelines for health and social care professionals.

This grant of £16,400 was awarded to Prof Julie Fish from the Department of Social Sciences at De Montfort University in June 2014.

More information (links open in a new tab):

National LGBT cancer network

National LGBT cancer project