GW Cancer Center Receives $25K from Association of Oncology Social Work to Address Oncology Social Worker Needs for LGBTQ-Affirming Cancer Care

June 15, 2016

WASHINGTON (June 15, 2015) -- The George Washington University (GW) Cancer Center received a $25,000 grant from the Association of Oncology Social Work, with funding from Medivation, to identify gaps in training, skills and knowledge for practitioners to provide individual, couples and family support for gay and bisexual men and transgender women (GBT) with prostate cancer.

The grant will fund a project to develop  and disseminate unique resources, provide training opportunities for oncology social workers and other members of the health care team and develop educational materials on the psychosocial aspects of cancer diagnoses and treatment for patients who identify as GBT. 

“LGBTQ-affirming cancer care is a top priority for the GW Cancer Center,” said Elizabeth Franklin Hoffler, MSW, ACSW principal investigator for the project. “AOSW and Medivation’s support will enable us to improve care for LGBTQ cancer patients and their loved ones by providing oncology social workers with recommendations for culturally-sensitive practice.”

Individuals who identify as LGBTQ along with their families, loved ones and support systems have unique health care needs that have historically been overlooked by most researchers, health care providers, and health care systems. Gay men are nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with cancer, and prostate cancer incidence and mortality rates in D.C. are well above the national average. Hundreds of oncology social workers and health care team members will receive training and education from the GW Cancer Center as a result of this funding.

Media: For more information or to interview Ms. Hoffler, please contact Lisa Anderson at lisama2@gwu.edu or 202-270-4841.

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The George Washington (GW) Cancer Center is a collaboration between the GW Hospital, the GW Medical Faculty Associates and the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences to expand GW’s efforts in the fight against cancer. The GW Cancer Center also partners with the Milken Institute School of Public Health at GW and incorporates all existing cancer-related activities at GW, serving as a platform for future cancer services and research development. Learn more about the GW Cancer Center at http://www.smhs.gwu.edu/cancercenter