Experiences of regional and rural people with cancer being treated with radiotherapy in a metropolitan centre

Martin-McDonald, Kristine, Rogers-Clark, Cath, Hegney, Desley, McCarthy, Alexandra, & Pearce, Susanne (2003) Experiences of regional and rural people with cancer being treated with radiotherapy in a metropolitan centre. International Journal Of Nursing Practice, 9(3), pp. 176-182.

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This paper explores the issues related to rural people with cancer whose choice of radiotherapy treatment necessitated travel and accommodation in a metropolitan centre. Semi-structured interviews with 46 participants, from the Toowoomba and Darling Downs region of Queensland, Australia, were conducted and the data thematically analysed. The specific themes identified were: being away from loved ones, maintaining responsibilities whilst undergoing treatment, emotional stress, burden on significant others, choice about radiotherapy as a treatment, travel and accommodation, and financial burden. This study supports the need for a radiotherapy centre in the location of Toowoomba as a way of providing some equity and access to such treatment for the rural people of Queensland.

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ID Code: 64544
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: cancer, radiotherapy, regional, rural
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-172X.2003.00421.x
ISSN: 1440-172X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 18 Nov 2013 04:53
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2013 04:53

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