Gay male partnerships and cancer

What the study is about: We are researchers from La Trobe University, interested in the impact of a cancer diagnosis on gay men's relationships. This study emerges out of our previous study Moving On, which looked specifically at the experiences of gay men affected by prostate cancer. We discovered that men in relationships found little in the way of social support or information that addressed their concerns or experiences. Thus, we now want to know about the impact of other cancers on gay men's relationships, and particularly the experiences of partners who might have cared for a partner being treated for cancer.

We'd like to know:

  • whether these partners accessed gay- friendly support services or where they found information
  • whether they were included in the making of treatment decisions
  • their roles as carers
  • and the broader impacts of cancer on intimacy in gay relationships.

The information we gain from this pilot study will inform the improvement of health care services for gay men with cancer and their partners.

What we need: If you have, or have had, a partner with cancer, we'd like to interview you. An interview would take about 60 minutes. Your participation and identifying information will be kept confidential. Participants will receive a $50 Coles/Myer Voucher.

Can you help?
For more information or if you would like to volunteer to take part in this study, please view our contact information, below:

Call or email Jen Dixon:
Phone: (03) 9479 8761
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This project has The Faculty of Human Ethics Committee approval: FHEC14/244.

Download the Participant Information Statement.