There has been much research conducted to date on the cancer-related needs and experiences of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) as a whole. However, less is known about the unique cancer-related needs and experiences of individuals who are transgender and gender-diverse (i.e., those who are nonbinary, gender-nonconforming, Two-Spirit, genderqueer, genderfluid, etc.). To address this problem and provide recommendations for future research and inclusive clinical practice in this area, we are conducting a review of studies in this research area to date. To go along with this review, we are conducting a survey of people who have experience working in this area and those who have lived experience as people who are transgender or gender-diverse who have also been diagnosed with cancer to request feedback on our review findings. This is important to ensure that the findings and recommendations are appropriate and reflect the real world experiences of trans and gender-diverse people who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Sheila N. Garland, PhD
(Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science and Division of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, MUN)
Lauren Squires, BSc (Hons) (Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science, MUN)
Tristian Bilash, RSW (Allan Blair Cancer Centre, Regina, Saskatchewan)
Charles Kamen, PhD (Department of Surgery, University of Rochester Medical Center)