LGBT experiences study

Macmillan and De Montfort University are working together on a research project based on the experiences and views of LGBT patients.

Medical consultations about a cancer diagnosis are stressful for all patients. However, LGBT people face the extra worry of deciding if, when and how to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity. You may worry about health professionals reacting badly or fear your sexual orientation or gender identity becoming known.

Would you like to get involved?

As part of the project, the researchers would like to talk to you about the following:

  • Were you able to disclose your sexual orientation or gender identity to your cancer professionals?
  • Did you feel you wanted to disclose, but didn’t feel able to?
  • Did you have access to LGBT-focussed information about your cancer treatment?
  • Which professionals are supporting you through your treatment?
  • Do you feel you have been treated like a whole person by the cancer professionals you’ve come into contact with?


The researchers would like to talk to people from a wide range of experiences of care and support, from good to mixed, and those who feel improvements could be made.

The interview will take place at a time and place of your choosing. It will take somewhere between 45-90 minutes. There is no obligation to take part.

If you would like more information or to get involved, please email Wendy at

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