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

Health Psychologists at the Cancer Society Auckland

Associate Professor Chris Atkinson 

Oncologist, St George Hospital, Christchurch and the Medical director of the Cancer Society of New Zealand

Meg Biggs, Julie Holt and Michelle Gundersen-Reid

Cancer Society Information Nurses

Phil Kerslake

Author of Life, Happiness... & Cancer, patient support advocate

Cheryl MacDonald 

Breast Care Nurse, Palmerston North Hospital

Marie Glenys

Counsellor, Christchurch

Dr Sue Walthert MB ChB dip Obs FRNZCGP

Developer/Facilitator Bridge to Health Cancer Survivorship Programme Otago/Southland division, Cancer Society of New Zealand

Sarah Stacy-Baynes

Information Manager

We also thank the people who have reviewed this booklet and offered many valuable suggestions. Some of the material in this booklet is based on information published by the Cancer Council Victoria (Australia). The Cancer Society of New Zealand acknowledges their assistance.

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 booklet.


The cancer Society would like to thank Louise Goossens and Lindsay Keats for their photography.

Cancer affects New Zealanders from all walks of life, and all regions of our beautiful country.

Cover photo: New Water Fern (Histiopteris incisia) frond shoot unfurling in rain

Photographer: Rob Suisted

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