Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ+) community are at greater risk for certain types of cancer such as cervical or oral, research has shown. That’s why the author of a new study, Gwendolyn P. Quinn, PhD, professor in NYU Langone’s Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Population Health, found it extremely important to study whether oncologists know enough about LGBTQ+ health needs.
Dr. Quinn spoke with CBS News about her latest study, which shows that most oncologists say they don’t know enough about how to treat patients with differences in sexual orientation or identity, but most are also interested in learning more. “We should not expect people who identify as LGBTQ+ to train us about what their needs are,” Dr. Quinn says. “It is our obligation as institutions and providers of care to figure out how we can best serve them.”
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