Moffitt Cancer Center’s Commitment to the LGBTQA Community
Moffitt Cancer Center is highly motivated to improve standards of care for our LGBTQA patients and to conduct research studies that will benefit the LGBTQA community worldwide. Moffitt’s commitment to diversity in patient access to care and research, in our workplace, and in vendor relations includes supportive LGBTQA policies and team member training on issues unique to the LGBTQA community.
“We know that cancer impacts the LGBTQA community just like all other communities,” says Dr. B. Lee Green, vice president of Diversity and Community Relations and senior member, Health Outcomes and Behavior. “Because of this fact, Moffitt is committed to addressing cancer in the LGBTQA community. We pride ourselves on ensuring that all of our community members have access to the best possible care regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Moffitt strives to create an environment where everyone feels comfortable getting cancer care. Moffitt fights cancer for everyone.”
Clinical Care and the LGBTQA Patient
Moffitt’s care practices for LGBTQA patients have been developed in line with our mission to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. This includes clinics dedicated to the unique needs of our LGBTQA patients, and specialized physicians like Julian Sanchez, MD, Chief of Moffitt’s Colorectal Surgery Program. Dr. Sanchez is double board certified in general surgery as well as in colon/rectal surgery. He is one of the few providers in the Tampa area to specifically treat patients with pre-cancerous lesions of the anus with high resolution anoscopy. His large clinical practice specializes in anal cancer treatment and screening, especially gay men who are at higher risk for anal dysplasia.
Dr. Sanchez is also an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, where he helped to develop a curriculum for LGBTQA health education of medical students. He is a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges national committee for LGBTQA education, and has lectured locally and nationally on LGBTQA health issues with special emphasis on LGBTQA cancer prevention and care. Dr. Sanchez represents Moffitt on the Equality Florida/Equality Means Business Advisory Board and participates in Moffitt research studies investigating health disparities among LGBTQA patients to establish national guidelines for cancer care and screening.
Moffitt understands the power of research to ignite progress and change. Its Miles for Moffitt community fundraising events support important programs including the LGBTQA Miles for Moffitt Research Group led by Drs. Gwendolyn Quinn and Matthew Schabath. This group is actively involved in identifying both barriers and facilitators of cancer prevention, control and survivorship services to the LGBTQA population through a series of research studies.
The LGBTQA Miles For Moffitt Research Group’s published works include:
- a commentary on the need for patients to disclose sexual orientation and gender identity and for healthcare settings, particularly oncology institutions, to create safe places and spaces for this disclosure
- the first comprehensive review and synthesis of published literature on LGBTQA and cancer incidence, mortality, quality of life, and survivorship issues – which appeared in one of the nation’s most influential peer-reviewed publications
Among current studies underway, two are based on:
- a 41-item survey regarding LGBTQA persons’ health care experiences, which was developed in partnership with Equality Florida
- a nationwide survey of oncologists at National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers about knowledge, attitudes, and practice behaviors regarding LGBTQA cancer patients
Additional Helpful Information
Moffitt Cancer Center crafts its Patient Education materials as clinically-focused documents related to Moffitt-specific procedures, skills, diagnoses, symptom management written for all patients – regardless of the patient’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
For more information related to LGBTQA patients, here are links from reputable organizations: