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Beyond diagnosis and survivorship: findings from a mixed-methods study of a community-based cancer support service

This consumer-led research investigated the client experiences and the individual and community benefits of a community-based cancer support service operating in a regional setting. The study included cross-sectional surveys, focus group discussions and key-informant interviews. In total, 114 clients, 28 carers and 20 therapists were surveyed; three client focus groups were conducted and five directors and staff were interviewed. For many clients and carers, the warm welcome experienced at first contact sets the tone for a long-term association with the organisation. The feeling of being cared for extends to the broader community and living with cancer becomes more than survivorship. Integral to the organisational model are opportunity (second-hand) shops that enable subsidised complementary therapies and other services, offer a way of giving back and assist disadvantaged community members. The organisational model has benefits, not only for people living with cancer and their families, but also for the wider community. 

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Type of Reference
Jour
Type of Work
Journal article
Publisher
CSIRO Publishing
ISBN/ISSN
14487527
Publication Year
2017
Issue Number
4
Journal Titles
Australian Journal of Primary Health
Volume Number
23
Start Page
391
End Page
396