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
Supportive Care in Cancer – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 28, 2017
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