Oncology Essentials

Clinical Nursing Care for Transgender Patients With Cancer

Nathan Levitt

transgender, clinical practice, cultural competency, transphobia, healthcare access
CJON 2015, 19(3), 362-366. DOI: 10.1188/15.CJON.362-366

Transgender people often face barriers in their pursuit of receiving sensitive and informed health care, and many avoid preventive care and care for life-threatening conditions because of those obstacles. This article focuses on cancer care of the transgender patient, as well as ways that nurses and other providers can help to create a transgender-sensitive healthcare environment.

At a Glance

  • Many impediments to health care for transgender people can lead to decreased screenings and increased cancer risks.
  • Although limited, research on cancer in the transgender community has concluded that malignancies related to hormone therapy are rare.
  • Oncology nurses require essential skills and education to provide sensitive and informed care to transgender patients.
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