Unmet support needs of sexual and gender minority breast cancer survivors

Unmet support needs of sexual and gender minority breast cancer survivors Purpose This study explored sources of stress and support idence that many SGM breast cancer patients face a dearth of experienced by sexual and gender minority (SGM) breast can- appropriate social supports, both from breast cancer survivor cer survivors and the impact of treatment on their lives. organizations and from within the medical system. These find- Methods SGM breast cancer survivors were identified ings confirm the need for research on the physical and emotional through purposive and referral sampling and invited to partic- effects of breast cancer treatment on SGM breast cancer survi- ipate in a web-based survey containing both closed- and open- vors, as well as further exploration of the social support needs ended items. Sixty-eight SGM breast cancer survivors aged and experiences of SGM breast cancer patients and their partners. 18–75 years completed the survey between May 2015 and . . . January 2016. Keywords Self-disclosure Social support Relationships Results Bivariate analyses of quantitative data reveal that Mixed methods queer-identified (in either sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI)) SGM survivors are more likely to report having bi- lateral mastectomy without reconstruction and to think that Introduction disclosing SOGI to providers affected their care. Queer- identified SGM survivors http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Supportive Care in Cancer Springer Journals

Unmet support needs of sexual and gender minority breast cancer survivors

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Publisher
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Oncology; Nursing; Nursing Research; Pain Medicine; Rehabilitation Medicine
ISSN
0941-4355
eISSN
1433-7339
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00520-017-3941-z
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Abstract

Purpose This study explored sources of stress and support idence that many SGM breast cancer patients face a dearth of experienced by sexual and gender minority (SGM) breast can- appropriate social supports, both from breast cancer survivor cer survivors and the impact of treatment on their lives. organizations and from within the medical system. These find- Methods SGM breast cancer survivors were identified ings confirm the need for research on the physical and emotional through purposive and referral sampling and invited to partic- effects of breast cancer treatment on SGM breast cancer survi- ipate in a web-based survey containing both closed- and open- vors, as well as further exploration of the social support needs ended items. Sixty-eight SGM breast cancer survivors aged and experiences of SGM breast cancer patients and their partners. 18–75 years completed the survey between May 2015 and . . . January 2016. Keywords Self-disclosure Social support Relationships Results Bivariate analyses of quantitative data reveal that Mixed methods queer-identified (in either sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI)) SGM survivors are more likely to report having bi- lateral mastectomy without reconstruction and to think that Introduction disclosing SOGI to providers affected their care. Queer- identified SGM survivors

Journal

Supportive Care in CancerSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 28, 2017

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