MEDICAL SCHOOL NEWS: U Research Targets LGBTQ Health Disparities in Cancer Care

Stephanie Terezakis, MD, is a co-principal investigator on a new grant from the Radiation Oncology Institute focused on health disparities in cancer care plaguing the LGBTQ population. Dr. Terezakis says this research will be one of few in current medical literature on the topic.

“We started searching in the literature for what’s been written or done in this domain in oncology and basically found a massive deficit, especially with regard to radiation oncology,” Dr. Terezakis said. “There have been some attempts at looking at what are the deficits and competencies for general oncology care, but really nothing for radiation oncology. It just sparked a concern that nothing was being done to evaluate how we could do better and how we can address these disparities.”

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