Tackling Disparities Experienced by LGBTQ+ Cancer Survivors With Kelly Tan, PhD, RN

At the 49th Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress, Kelly Tan, PhD, RN, an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Department of Health and Community Systems, presented a poster, of which she is the primary author, of her team’s research about Chronic Health Conditions, Disability, and Physical and Cognitive Limitations Among LGBTQ+ Cancer Survivors. Following her presentation, she sat down to further discuss the research and results her team discovered.

In this interview, Dr. Tan answers:

  • The results she was able to present at ONS
  • The prevalence of different types of chronic health conditions, disabilities, and physical and cognitive limitations LGBTQ+ cancer survivors experience, such as asthma and depressive disorders
  • Potential reasons why LGBTQ+ cancer survivors are experiencing this health gap
  • Resources that LGBTQ+ cancer survivors and the healthcare team can utilize
  • How the oncology healthcare team can better serve LGBTQ+ cancer survivors
  • Next-step plans for this research
  • And more!

About Dr. Tan

Kelly Tan, PhD, RN, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Department of Health and Community Systems. In addition, she is a member at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Hillman Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Tan’s research focuses on social determinants of health, caregiving-related stress, financial toxicity, biopsychosocial mechanisms of stress response, and positive psychology. She is also an experienced oncology and hematology nurse.

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