Tamoxifen Recommended for Extended Use

On Wednesday, a new study on Tamoxifen was published. It recommends that women who’ve had ER-positive breast cancer take the drug for twice as long as previously recommended. In the study, the women who took the drug for ten years instead of the standard five were less likely to have a recurrence or to die from the disease. But for some women, the drug causes major side effects.

Finding an LGBT Friendly Doctor

In my previous posts, I discussed my own experiences as a lesbian with breast cancer, and the differences in cancer risk and screening recommendations for the LGBT population (including ovarian cancer). So, now that you know all of that, and if you’re a member of the LGBT community or have friends or family who are, how do you go about finding a culturally competent doctor so you can get that screening or treatment and be treated with dignity and respect while doing so?

Ovarian Cancer in the LGBT Community

Breast cancer increases a woman’s risk for developing ovarian cancer, and LGBT folks who have had breast cancer need to be especially proactive – not because of any innate extra risk, but because we are less likely, as a group, to benefit from known factors that reduce risk.

Cancer Risk in the LGBT Community

Not long ago, I sat in on a SHARE Helpline training session that focused on supporting LGBT callers. When the trainer said that lesbians have higher cancer rates than our straight peers, incredulity swept the room. I understood their surprise: cancer is a disease, not a prejudice. It can strike anyone. Why should the LGBT community be more at risk?

Mimi: Being A Lesbian With Breast Cancer

In 2006, while in my 20s, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. As many people know first-hand, a cancer diagnosis changes your life overnight. I went from being, I thought, a healthy young singer-actress with a day job, to being a full-time medical patient who still had to hold onto that day job for dear life because I needed the money and health insurance. And, once again, the difficulty of being a lesbian in a heterosexual world reared its ugly head.

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