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At Can Assist we are committed to ensuring that all people in NSW, regardless of where they live, have access to cancer treatment and care.

By providing support for accommodation and financial assistance to people from rural and regional NSW, we ensure that country people are given the same opportunities and choices about the kind of treatment they receive as people in city centres.


Since 1955, Can Assist's network of branches have grown to over 50 throughout NSW. These branches raise vital funds to provide direct support to their local communities affected by cancer.

Can Assist provides its services to help bridge the gap between city and country cancer patients:

There are 94% fewer oncologists in the rural healthcare workforce, compared to major cities. (A Rural Context, A Rural Perspective: Cancer Garvan Research Foundation, 2016)

For some cancers, remote patients are up to five times more likely to die within five years of diagnosis. (A Rural Context, A Rural Perspective: Cancer Garvan Research Foundation, 2016)

There is a 6% increase in mortality risk for each 100 km increment in distance from the nearest radiotherapy facility. (Distance to the closest radiotherapy facility and survival after a diagnosis of rectal cancer in Queensland, Medical Journal of Australia, 19 Sept 2011)

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