Lesbian and Bisexual Women With Breast Cancer History Sought for Study

By Rachel Walden — January 31, 2012

Via Susan Love’s Army of Women project, we learned about a breast cancer research study headed by Boston University researchers that is currently recruiting lesbian and bisexual women. The goal of the study is to learn more about quality of life and well-being issues for lesbian and bisexual women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and to use that information to inform services and reduce health disparities.

From the email announcement:

It is widely known that a breast cancer diagnosis can have far reaching effects both socially and emotionally. Less well understood are the ways in which a breast cancer diagnosis impacts the well-being and quality of life of women who have historically been underserved by the medical community. Lesbian and bisexual women are one of these underserved populations, and little research has been done to assess their health and well-being as women with breast cancer. Identifying their unique needs by asking some questions in a survey will help researchers to develop culturally appropriate programs for these women.

The researchers are interested in hearing from all lesbian and bisexual women who have had a breast cancer diagnosis. They have a particular interest in women who have metastatic disease, recurrent disease, or an additional invasive cancer diagnosis, or are currently undergoing cancer treatment. If you have ever been diagnosed with breast cancer, please read on to learn more about what’s involved and who can participate.

Women have been diagnosed with breast cancer at some point their lives and identify as lesbian, bisexual, or as a woman who partners with women are eligible to participate. Participants will complete a 45 minute phone survey about their health, medical history, demographics, and sexual orientation.

Visit this page at Army of Women to learn more or sign up online to participate.

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