Martin-McDonald, Kristine and Rogers-Clark, Cath and Hegney, Desley and McCarthy, Alexandra and 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. ISSN 1322-7114
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Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1046/j.1440-172X.2003.00421.x
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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