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Sexual Minority Health in Psycho-Oncology 

Sexual Minority Health in Psycho-Oncology
Sexual Minority Health in Psycho-Oncology
Psycho-Oncology (3 ed.)

Youngmee Kim

, Matthew J. Loscalzo

, and Karen Clark


Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are medically underserved populations who are known to be at risk for poor survivorship and survival outcomes of any disease. Cancer is not an exception. Despite this, little health research has been devoted to these sexual and gender minorities. Given recent seismic shifts in societal norms, there are now increasing opportunities to create a health care system that contributes to and benefits from greater inclusiveness that includes acceptance of a wider range of sexual partnering relationships. Sexual minority patients and their partners have a number of characteristics that create both health risks and wellness opportunities that must be considered when creating health-promoting partnerships with this underserved and often stigmatized population.

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