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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people who have been diagnosed with cancer may have unique health or other concerns. At times, it can be challenging to find an LGBT perspective. The following is a list of resources and support services to help guide your search for information.

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Cancer's Margins
Canada's LGBT2Q Arts-and Community-Based Project exploring experiences of cancer health, support and care. Watch digital stories at lgbtcancer.org.

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Sexuality and Cancer (Canadian Cancer Society)
Please go to cancer.ca/publications or drop by the PEARL (T-wing, 1st floor, by main reception) at Odette Cancer Centre to pick one up.

Top 10 Issues to Discuss with Your Healthcare Provider (GLMA)
Specific topics for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender persons. Please go to glma.org (click on resources → Top 10 Health Issues) to get your copy.

Various Resources (Rainbow Health Ontario)
Please go to rainbowhealthontario.ca (click on Resources) to download free up-to-date resources specific to the LGBT community and their health.

Support services

Odette Patient & Family Support

Telephone: 416.480.4623
Location: TG-230 (T-wing, ground floor)
Free services to help you manage eating, stress, worry, financial concerns, changes in health, and daily activities.

Odette Sexual Health and Recovery (SHARE) Clinic

A safe space for LGBT identified women to discuss sexual health concerns and cancer.
Referral by your nursing team or oncologist.

Angela Turner CSRT MHSc.

Supportive Care & Sexual Health
Telephone: 416.480.6100 ext. 85225
Email: angela.turner@sunnybrook.ca

A specialized radiation therapist and sex health advocate who can chat with LGBT identified men who are facing erectile and other sexual health concerns and their cancer.

Canadian Cancer Society

Toll-free: 1.888.939.3333
Website: cancer.ca/support
Email: ccs@cancer.ca
Free services that includes peer support, support groups, online communities, a telephone cancer information service, and the Wheels of Hope Transportation Service.

Cancer Connection (Canadian Cancer Society)

Toll-free: 1.888.939.3333
Website: cancerconnection.ca
Email: cancerconnection@cancer.ca
An online community for people with cancer and their caregivers to share experiences and build relationships with others. There is a discussion forum dedicated to the LGBT community.

Cancer Chat Canada

Website: cancerchat.desouzainstitute.com
Professionally-led online support groups for people affected by Cancer.

Come As You Are

Telephone: 416.504.7934
Website: comeasyouare.com
Email: ccs@cancer.ca
Location: 493 Queen Street W
Retail store offers educational workshops, sexual health products, and knowledgeable staff.

Good For Her

Telephone: 416.588.0900
Website: goodforher.com
Email: ccs@cancer.ca
Location: 175 Harbord Street
Retail store offers educational workshops and sexual health products for women. Women and trans only hours are posted on their website.

Sherbourne Health Centre

Telephone: 416.324.4180
Website: sherbourne.on.ca
Email: info@sherbourne.on.ca
Provides services to diverse communities in Toronto, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.

2 Spirits

Telephone: 416.944.9300
Website: 2spirits.com
Services include social, cultural and recreational activities, counselling, client support programs, harm reduction tools and materials, and much more.

Wellspring

Telephone: 1.877.499.9904
Website: wellspring.ca
Location(s): Several including Westerkirk House (on the Sunnybrook campus)
Free programs and services at all Wellspring locations. Wellspring Downtown programs include Gay Men's Cancer Support Group and Lesbians' Cancer Support Group.

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Tips to Quit Smoking
Smoking can affect your cancer treatment. Please go to sunnybrook.ca/smokingcessation to view an interactive eLearning module on tips and strategies to help you quit smoking.

The Will Munro Fund for Queer and Trans People Living with Cancer
Please visit the519.org/programs/will-munro-fund for more information.


While this information may be useful, it is intended for educational purposes only. Please continue to ask your health care team if you have questions or concerns. For any other inquiries, please contact us at patienteducation@sunnybrook.ca.

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