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

Int J Nurs Pract. 2003 Jun;9(3):176-82. 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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Cost of Illness
  • Female
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Health Services Accessibility / standards
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medically Underserved Area
  • Middle Aged
  • Needs Assessment
  • Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Neoplasms / radiotherapy*
  • Queensland
  • Regional Medical Programs / standards*
  • Rural Health Services / standards*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Travel