Supportive Care: Regions suffer as cancer hits

12 Feb 2020 - Support

A 13 per cent improvement in blood cancer survival rates in Australia could save more than 22,000 lives over the next 15 years. The issue is most critical in regional Australia, where more than half of those diagnosed with a blood cancer aren’t seen by a haematologist until more than a month after they’ve seen a GP. People in regional areas experience longer delays in seeing a haematologist and other specialists than those in the city; are more likely to feel uncertain about their diagnosis and treatment plan; and did not know how to access additional information, the State of the Nation: Blood Cancer in Australia report has revealed.

Hobart Mercury, 12/02/2020, Page 14