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.