Supportive Care research reports

The Cancer Society funds scientific and behavioural research. Scientific research helps us understand more about cancer and explore new treatments. Behavioural research helps us understand better how we can help people with cancer. 

Cancer Stories Project 

Aotearoa/ New Zealand Narrative of Encounters with Cancer

38 people affected by cancer were interviewed about the things that worked for them along their cancer journey – whether it was a situation with their employer, family/whānau, healthcare professional, or within themselves. 

The project team included ten cancer survivors and family members of cancer survivors, a kaumātua/kuia advisory group and two academic/clinical advisors. The key question asked was, ‘what helped you get through your cancer experience?’

My Health Matters

Patient Diary pilot results

The Cancer Society developed "My Health Matters", (MHM) a cancer patient diary toolkit which was piloted across the Central Districts Division, over an 18 month period.

Approximately three months after receiving the MHM toolkit, individuals were asked about using the diary. After a further three months, a second interview was conducted by telephone to ask if MHM helped with their access to, and use of, cancer related information, their ability to self-manage their condition, and their relationships with their health care team.