Outside the margins: LGBTQ2 cancer patients can face big disparities in care, screening – GLOBAL

October 17, 2022

Like many young people who receive a cancer diagnosis, when 34-year-old Selene Caister went to the emergency room with terrifying and unexplained symptoms, doctors sent her home and told her to come back if the issue persisted.

The pain and bleeding she experienced when she went to the bathroom did not abate, and Caister returned to the emergency room hoping that doctors would have a different answer for her. They didn’t.

“Basically it was the same thing that happens when you call tech support and they just have no freaking clue,” Caister, now 40, told Global News. “It was literally like a shrug and a wave.”

After months of emergency room doctors running blood tests, CT scans, doing physical examinations and then sending her home, Caister was still no closer to understanding her symptoms. It took a family doctor intervening on her behalf for the hospital to take her seriously.

Read more: https://globalnews.ca/news/9199130/lgbtq-young-people-cancer-against-all-odds/

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