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

Dr Richard Isaacs

Medical Oncologist, Palmerston North Hospital

Associate Professor Chris Atkinson

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

Cathie Teague

Clinical Nurse Specialist - Medical Oncology, Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre, Wellington

Cath Christmas

Oncology Nurse, Nelson, Marlborough District Health Board

Meg Biggs, Julie Holt, and Michelle Gundersen-Reid

Cancer Society Information Nurses

Sarah Stacy-Baynes

Information Manager

We also thank the people who have had chemotherapy and reviewed this edition and offered many valuable suggestions.

Some of the material in this section is based on information published by the Cancer Council Victoria (Australia). The Cancer Society of New Zealand acknowledges their assistance.


The Cancer Society would like to thank Louise Goossens for her photography.

Cancer affects New Zealanders from all walks of life, and all regions of our beautiful country. Cover photo: 27106OB30: Small boat pulled up on golden sands of Big Kuri Bay beach. South east Stewart Island. Coastal Flax, Stewart Island, Stewart Island District, New Zealand

Cancer Society of New Zealand Inc. (2011)

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