Support for LGBTQ+ Cancer Survivors

August 4, 2021
People of diverse races and genders rest their hands beside one another on a wooden table

 

For cancer survivors, having a safe space where they can find social connection and support is essential. For cancer survivors who identify as LGBTQ+, a supportive space is especially important. Studies show that cancer survivors in the LGBTQ+ community face unique challenges, including higher post-treatment stress levels.

The Cancer Support Community is committed to addressing and reducing health inequities in the LGBTQ+ community. Several CSC affiliates across the country offer support groups and other programming for LGBTQ+ cancer survivors. Here, we highlight a sampling of these program offerings. It is not necessarily a complete list. If you do not see a program near you, contact your local CSC affiliate and ask if they offer LGBTQ+ support programs. Use our location finder to find an affiliate near you.

 

CSC Greater Philadelphia

LGBTQ+ Community Cancer Networking Group (Zoom)

When: First Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m.

Cancer is stressful. Being a member of the LGBTQ+ community can add additional layers of stress onto the cancer experience. This networking group delves into how the LGBTQ+ community is uniquely impacted by a cancer diagnosis. Come prepared to share experiences and resources, and listen to and support others impacted by cancer. Sign up to become a member and register for a New Member Orientation.

 

CSC Greater Ann Arbor

Pride Cancer Support Group

When: Third Thursday of each month, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Come together with other patients, survivors, and loved ones who truly understand in this affirming, empowering space. The Pride Cancer Support Group welcomes all those impacted by cancer who identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, nonbinary, queer, transgender, 2-spirit, and all other sexual and gender minorities. Contact CSC Greater Ann Arbor for more information.

 

CSC Los Angeles

Gay Men's Prostate Cancer Support Group with Los Angeles LGBT Center

In collaboration with the Los Angeles LGBT Center, this group welcomes gay and bisexual men with prostate cancer and their partners. This group provides a safe space to meet others with similar experiences and talk openly about issues such as treatment options, doctors, health insurance, sex, relationships, fears, coping with after-effects, and more. Contact CSC LA for more information.

 

LGBTQ+ Seniors Cancer Support Group with Los Angeles LGBT Center

Patients and caregivers who are facing cancer are welcome to join this online support group for the LGBTQ senior (age 50 and older) community. The group invites individuals currently impacted by cancer or dealing with life after cancer in the age of COVID-19. Connect with others in a comfortable, online environment to share your experience and learn from the experiences of others. Contact CSC LA for more information.

 

CSC Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky

Pride in the Parking Lot

When: Saturday, August 7, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Join us for our first annual Pride in the Parking Lot event to celebrate the great diversity, strength, and resilience of the LGBTQIA+ community. Food, games, crafts, and resources will be available. Members of the Cincinnati Men's Chorus will be performing. Bring something to tie dye or reverse tie dye. This free event is open to all ages. 

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The Cancer Support Community believes that community is stronger than cancer. We are a relentless ally for anyone who strives to manage the realities of this disruptive disease, so that no one faces cancer alone. Read CSC’s statement in support of inclusion and equality