Transgender at the Cancer Clinic

Time to revisit rigid rules of medicine?

When a transgender patient presents at the cancer clinic, a doctor and his fellow re-examine the traditional rigid rules of medicine and step outside their comfort zone to confront the issue of sexual orientation in the exam room.

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For some, it may be a struggle to reconcile the biology of a patient’s genes with how he or she describes himself or herself. Meeting patients in their reality might require upending the rules from time to time.

Read the New York Times column by Mikkael Sekeres, MD, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Leukemia Program.