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Insights Into Cancer: Cancer and LGBT Patients and Families
Date: 10/8/2013
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cost: Free and open to the public
Location: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Auditorium, B Level Room B130
757 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, California 90095

SimmsMann CenterOnce a month, the Simms/Mann–UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology presents Insights Into Cancer, a free public lecture series for cancer patients, their families and the community. Each lecture features a leading professional who provides up-to-date information, practical advice and answers to cancer-related questions. 

October 8, 2013
Cancer and LGBT Patients and Families

Research shows that specific risk factors and health disparities may create a disproportionate cancer burden for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. This session sensitizes participants to LGBT cancer risk factors and the unique issues faced by LGBT cancer patients and their families. As a result of numerous social factors, many LGBT patients face obstacles finding preventive services and accessing treatment and support once cancer has been diagnosed. Additionally, there are important considerations about coming out to treatment providers, psychosocial care for non-traditional family structures, and discussion of survivorship issues and end of life care needs in terms sensitive to the LGBT population.

Allison Diamant, M.D., a Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine. Her research focuses on access and quality of care for underserved and vulnerable populations, including studying disparities based on race and ethnicity, health insurance, income, gender, and sexual orientation. Dr. Diamant also cares for the primary health care needs of patients with an active practice at UCLA and located in Santa Monica. She has a particular interest in LGBT patients and their families.

Thomas J. Pier, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., is a Clinical Oncology Social Worker at the Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology where he provides psychosocial care to patients with cancer and their families. He also facilities the group for young adults with cancer and has done presentations on health disparities in the LGBT population. He is also the Field Instructor for UCLA's Department of Social Welfare and for the American Cancer Society's Master's Training Grant for Clinical Oncology Social Work and has been working in oncology and end of life care for almost twenty years.


Insights Into Cancer lectures are held in the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Auditorium, B Level, Room B130, 757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095.

UCLA parking is $11 and is wheelchair accessible. Attendees can park in the medical plaza, or take advantage of the valet parking at the front of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.