Charles Kamen on Cancer-Related Distress in LGBT Patients

March 3, 2017
Charles Kamen, PhD

Charles Kamen, PhD, University of Rochester Medical Center, discusses the disparity that LGBT patients face when it comes to cancer-related stress and depression.

Charles Kamen, PhD, University of Rochester Medical Center, discusses the disparity in cancer-related distress that LGBT patients can experience.

Overall, LGBT patients with cancer have a higher level of anxiety than other patients. Kamen hypothesizes this is because LGBT patients have a higher baseline anxiety in their daily life. When those patients are diagnosed with cancer, any anxiety gets added to that baseline.