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

Dr Christopher Jackson

Medical Oncologist, Southern District Health Board and Medical Director of the Cancer Society of New Zealand

Virginia Lee

CanSupport Programme Coordinator, Cancer Society Wellington

Margaret Alve

Counsellor & Facilitator, Cancer Society Wellington 

Psychology service team

Cancer Society Auckland Northland

Tira Albert

Facilitator of Kia ora - E te iwi

Consumer reviewers

The Cancer Society wishes to acknowledge the input and expertise of our consumer


Julie Holt, Michelle Gundersen-Reid, Viv Williams

Cancer Society Nurses

Sarah Stacy-Baynes

Information Manager


The Cancer Society would like to thank Tio Leota for his photography.

Cover photo of Hagley Park in Christchurch was taken by Rob Suisted.

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.