Downside of Rural Living
Patients with cancer who live in a rural location in Australia are more likely to die than those living in an urban centre because they cannot access needed radiotherapy treatment.
In a study published by the Medical Journal Australia, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists estimated that 18,000 patients with cancer, many of whom live in a rural area, are not receiving lifesaving radiotherapy every year. Patients will often refuse to have radiotherapy because they cannot afford to take the time to be away from their farms or families. In an effort to deal with this situation, medical experts are pushing for more radiotherapy units to be established in rural areas. For more information, click here.