Charities want to hear from LGBTQ people living with cancer in Sussex and East Surrey

Switchboard, connecting you to LGBTQ supportMacmillan Cancer Support and Switchboard have launched two surveys, to get a better understanding of the needs and experiences of LGBTQ people living with cancer in Sussex and East Surrey. This includes people who are going through treatment, approaching the end of treatment, or who have finished treatment.

This research is part of an ongoing programme of work to better understand the specific experiences of LGBTQ people with cancer and how they can be better supported. As a result of this research recommendations will be made about how Macmillan and partners, including statutory and NHS services, can improve experiences for LGBTQ people living with cancer in Sussex and East Surrey.

It builds on research the two organisations carried out last year to explore the needs of LGBTQ people with a cancer diagnosis in Brighton. Some of the concerns raised by people included a lack of LGBTQ-specific information and support and LGBTQ people being afraid to disclose their sexual orientation or trans status because of fears about homo-/ bi- /transphobia.

Dawn Draper, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Switchboard, said: “Every person diagnosed with cancer should have access to appropriate support that treats them as a person with a life and not only a disease. We are proud to partner with Macmillan once again to ensure that LGBTQ people living with cancer receive this kind of care.

“Last year we worked together to identify inequalities in care, support, and resources among LGBTQ people living with cancer in Brighton and Hove. By expanding our research to East Surrey and Sussex we hope to build recommendations for inclusive and affirming care for all LGBTQ people living with cancer.”

How to take part:

LGBTQ people living with cancer can take part in this survey.

Professionals and volunteers supporting LGBTQ people living with cancer can take part in this survey.

If you need help accessing the survey and require it in a different format (large font, translated, printed copies, BSL translation etc), or would like to take part in a focus group please email jessica.sandelson@switchboard.org.uk or call 01273 234009.

The survey closes on 31 July.

Macmillan and Switchboard will also be promoting the survey at Pride events in summer 2019:

  • Saturday 13 July – Worthing Pride
  • Saturday 20 July – Trans Pride Brighton
  • Sunday 25 August – Hastings Pride
  • Saturday 31 August – Crawley Pride