The Cancer Society would like to thank for their reviews, advice and contributions:

Dr David Hamilton
Consultant Oncologist, Blood and Cancer Centre, Wellington Hospital

Associate Professor Chris Atkinson
Oncologist, St George's Hospital, Christchurch and Medical Director of the Cancer Society of New Zealand

Betty Poot
Clinical Nurse Manager, Respiratory, Hutt Valley District Health Board

Anne Fraser
Nurse Practitioner, Lung Tumour Stream, Medical Oncology, Auckland District Health Board

Catherine Smith
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Lung Cancer, Cardio Respiratory Integrated Specialist Services, Christchurch Hospital

Pauline Wharerau
Cancer Coordinator, Supportive Care Coordinator, Manawatu and Kaitakawaenga for the Central Districts Division

Aroha Haggie
Equity Manager, Northern Cancer Network

Nandika Currey
Associate Dean (Pacific), Research & Development Manager/Doctoral Fellow, Social Psychiatry & Population Mental Health Research Unit, University of Otago Wellington

Kate Velenski, Viv Williams, Julie Holt and Michelle Gundersen-Reid
Cancer Society Information Nurses

Sarah Stacy-Baynes
National Information Manager

The Cancer Society of New Zealand would like to acknowledge and thank The Australian Lung Foundation for allowing us to adapt content from their booklet Better Living with Lung Cancer for this edition.

Thanks also to the Cancer Council New South Wales and MacMillan Cancer Support for allowing the Cancer Society to reproduce and adapt some of their information.

The Society thanks the people who have experienced cancer and reviewed this edition, and offered many valuable suggestions. We also thank the Cancer Society volunteers who agreed to be photographed for our handbook. 


The Cancer Society would like to thank Tio Leota, Louise Goossens, Lindsay Keats and Nicole Freeman for their photography.

Cover photo: The cover photo of a New Zealand native kowhai flower was taken by Rob Suisted.