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

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posted on 2003-01-01, 00:00 authored by Kris Martin-McDonald, C Rogers-Clark, D Hegney, A McCarthy, S Pearce
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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Journal

International journal of nursing practice

Volume

9

Issue

3

Pagination

176 - 182

Publisher

Wiley Interscience

Location

New York, N.Y.

ISSN

1322-7114

eISSN

1440-172X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2009 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd

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