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LGBTQ+ Cancer Care

A cancer diagnosis has a profound effect on everyone, including the patient, family, friends and community. At Norton Healthcare, we know that LGBTQ+ patients can face unique challenges and health disparities. We work to provide compassionate care that treats the whole person, not just the cancer.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has regularly recognized Norton Cancer Institute, along with Norton Healthcare’s five hospitals, as an LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader, based on our approach to, and practices for, the LGBTQ+ community.

LGBTQ+ Risk for Cancer

LGBTQ+ patients are at a higher risk for certain types of cancers such as breast cancer, lung cancer, anal cancer and skin cancer. Norton Healthcare provides innovative treatments to LGBTQ+ patients challenged with cancer, as well as compassion and support to their families and loved ones.

In addition, cancer screening rates may be lower in LGBTQ+ community due to past negative health care experiences. It is important to discuss appropriate cancer screening with your health care provider. Mammograms, cervical cancer screening and anal pap tests are some of the important cancer screening tests. For certain patients, lung cancer screening may be appropriate.

Smoking cessation and HPV vaccination are among the steps that can lower the risk of developing certain types of cancer.

LGBTQ+ Cancer Care

Norton Healthcare is an inclusive cancer care provider. We believe every person has a right to the best health care experience and treatment options. If you are LGBTQ+, it’s important to be open and honest with your medical provider so that we can work together to meet your health needs.

As you embark on your cancer journey, we want you to be comfortable with coming out to your provider. Because LGBTQ+ people face unique health risks, it’s important to be open with your cancer care team.

When your health care provider knows you on a more personal level, they can help identify and recommend screening or treatment options and plans based on your personal needs and goals. Your provider is here to be an advocate and resource for all aspects of your mental and physical health.

We offer multidisciplinary oncology care from specialists at the leading edge of cancer treatment.

Getting cancer treatment should be convenient. We strive to make it as easy as possible with:

  • Nine outpatient locations
  • Three radiation centers
  • Multiple infusion centers
  • Same-day appointments for new patients

Why Choose Norton Cancer Institute

More patients in Louisville and Southern Indiana choose Norton Cancer Institute than any other provider in the area. We provide compassionate care for the whole person, not just the cancer.

Our Norton Cancer Institute oncologists are also researchers and principal investigators, offering patients sophisticated experience in the latest treatments and access to more than 200 clinical trials.

Getting cancer care should be as easy as possible. With nine outpatient locations, three radiation centers and multiple infusion centers across the Louisville area, Norton Cancer Institute has made it easier for you and your caregiver. New patients can get an appointment the same day to review their case. Some of the ways Norton Cancer Institute helps:

  • Access to more than 100 specialists, including board-certified and fellowship-trained oncologists
  • Multidisciplinary setting, meaning patients get the benefit of opinions from multiple specialists across Norton Healthcare and often can schedule appointments for the same day in the same location
  • Immunotherapies such as CAR-T cell therapy, genetic therapies tailored to combat the unique genetic makeup of your cancer and the latest in surgical treatments, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
  • New, state-of-the-art Norton Cancer Institute Genomics Lab offering highly specialized testing that will make it possible to diagnose and treat cancer more precisely and to tailor advanced treatments based on a tumor’s specific genetic composition
  • Prompt Care Clinics designed especially for providing symptom relief and other care to Norton Cancer Institute patients
  • MyNortonChart to communicate with your provider, manage appointments, refill prescriptions and more anytime from a mobile device or computer
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