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

Kristine Martin-McDonald, Cath Rogers-Clark, Desley Hegney, Alexandra McCarthy

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-182
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes



  • Cancer
  • Radiotherapy
  • Regional
  • Rural

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