Can Assist helps rural patients – can you assist?
I recently came across the work of a life-changing organisation – one which provides direct support and practical help to people in country NSW affected by cancer.
With over 50 branches throughout the state, Can Assist’s invaluable service was started over 60 years ago by two nurses who recognised the need to help rural patients coming to Sydney for cancer treatments.
Struggling to cope, rural families in this situation often face increased expenses for travel, accommodation and medical costs. Can Assist branches raise vital funds to provide direct support to such families affected by a cancer diagnosis.
City/country gap in treatment
It’s outrageous that the outcomes and access to medical treatment for our rural cousins is so much more difficult because they live far from major cities.
Did you know that:
- Rural healthcare has 94% fewer oncologists compared to major cities.
- Remote patients are up to five times more likely to die within five years of diagnosis for some cancers.
- For each 100 km from the nearest radiotherapy facility, there’s a 6% increased mortality risk.
Can Assist provides accommodation, financial assistance and other crucial direct support to cancer patients and their families.
If you can assist Can Assist’s good work – by volunteering, donating or becoming a member – Please contact: www.canassist.com.au
Summary written for Jewish World Life by Paula Towers