Getting the Care You Need: LGBTQ People and Breast Cancer
During this Twitter Chat, we will create a safe space for conversation about the impact of breast cancer on LGBTQ communities. We will discuss access to care, information and support, with suggestions and recommendations for improving the experience of those diagnosed.
Our panel of experts and people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer will share their challenges and successes, communication tips and other resources to help you.
Use #LBBCChat to follow and join the chat.
Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP
Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP, is board certified in medical oncology and specializes in women’s cancers. He is currently clinical co-director of gynecologic oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, where he also founded and directs The Oncology Sexual Health Clinic. Read more.
William Goeren, MSW, OSW-C, LCSW-R
William Goeren, MSW, OSW-C, LCSW-R, is the director of clinical programs at CancerCare. He co-authored with Kathryn Smolinski the chapter “Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Individuals Diagnosed with Cancer,” in the Handbook of Oncology Social Work. Mr. Goeren is on the board of directors for the National LGBT Cancer Network, for which he has also worked as a policy and clinical consultant. Read more.
Liz Margolies, LCSW
Liz Margolies, LCSW is the founder and executive director of the National LGBT Cancer Network and a therapist in private practice. She also trains healthcare providers across the country to offer more welcoming care to LGBT patients. Read more.
Amy Reichbach is a divorced Jewish lesbian mom and LBBC Young Advocate who lives in Boston with her 8 year-old daughter. Amy is looking forward to chatting with you about breast cancer and sexuality, dating with scars, and the joys of Lupron and AIs. Read more.
Dorothy Devine just turned 70. Always an activist, she is a 2017 Living Beyond Breast Cancer Hear My Voice volunteer, building on her experience working for peace, women, LGBTQ elders and the environment. A 13-year breast cancer survivor, she has stage IV bone metastases and is thriving on innovative targeted therapies. Read more.
Michael Kovarik’s breast cancer journey began in January 2007 when he was diagnosed with stage I breast cancer and treatment with tamoxifen. A recurrence in 2010 brought a stronger treatment. In 2014 he self-published his book, Healing Within: My Journey with Breast Cancer. With his book and a connection with the Male Breast Cancer Coalition, Michael and his partner Tim became advocates in raising awareness of male breast cancer. Read more.
Ericka Hart is a kinky, poly, cancer-warrior, activist, sexuality educator and performer who has taught sexuality education in New York City for 6 years to audiences ranging from elementary-aged youth to adults. She currently teaches at Columbia University. Read more.