Online Program

National Recommendations for LGBT Individuals Across the Cancer Continuum and Public Health Policy

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 8:56 a.m. - 9:09 a.m.

Asa Radix, MD MPH, Mailman School of Public Health (Epidemiology), Columbia University, New York, NY
Liz Margolies, LCSW, National LGBT Cancer Network, New York, NY
Michael Bare, MPH, Preemption Watch, a project of Grassroots Change, San Francisco, CA
Sean O'Mahony, MB, BCH, BAO, Division of Geriatrics, Rush University School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Shail Maingi, MD, Department of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
LGBT communities may be disproportionately affected by cancer due to higher rates of traditional risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol; barriers to cancer screening (e.g., healthcare-related stigma and discrimination);  non-inclusion in education campaigns; and minority stress.  Earlier this year, a CDC-funded expert panel convened twice to develop the best and most promising practices throughout the cancer care continuum for the LGBT community. The experts drew upon available literature, clinical and community experience and reached a consensus regarding initial recommendations. The panel developed LGBT-focused best practices for cancer screening, cancer diagnosis, cancer treatment, palliative and end-of-life care. In this presentation, the panel’s recommendations will be reviewed with an in-depth discussion of how they impact and intersect with current public health policies. We look forward to the opportunity to share the first national guidelines for cancer care for the LGBT community with APHA and lead a discussion the public health implications.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
Name unique barriers to quality cancer care experienced by LGBT individuals Articulate some of the emerging national recommendations on how to improve cancer care for LGBT individuals and communities/populations Discuss the development of these initial national recommendations

Keyword(s): Cancer, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Physician with expertise in hospice and palliatiative care issues. Trained in palliative care and currently the section director of palliative medicine at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago. Special interest in LGBTI research and chair of the LGBT SIG at AAHPM
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.