Abstract: The aim of the study was to explore the lived experiences of people diagnosed with cancer from rural and remote areas of Western Australia, who utilise supported accommodation services whilst undergoing treatment in the capital city (Perth). Methods A qualitative phenomenological approach was used in this study. Ten participants were recruited using purposive sampling, who were aged between 35–65 years, were diagnosed with cancer within the previous three months and used accommodation services within the past 12 months. Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with a duration of approximately 45-60 min via Zoom, FaceTime or phone call. Interview data was transcribed, thematically analysed and coded into relevant themes. Results: Three overarching themes were derived from the interviews - "It's harder to have cancer when you have to relocate for treatment," "The paradoxical experience of staying at the accommodation," and "Feeling grateful for the support offered". Conclusions: People diagnosed with cancer who have to relocate during treatment require emotional, logistical, and social supports. Cancer accommodation services are essential in enabling individuals to continue engaging in meaningful occupations and maintain their quality of life. Our study highlights the need for cancer accommodation services to consider the complex needs of individuals completing treatment for cancer in locations away from their usual homes.
Chua, Andrette, Nguyen, Evelyn, Puah, Li L., Soong, Justin, Keesing, Sharon, 2022, Experiences of people with cancer from rural and remote areas of Western Australia using supported accommodation in Perth while undergoing treatment, Volume:29, Journal Article, viewed 02 December 2023, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=29120.