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Cost of cancer focus group

Thursday 19 March, 2020

Improve financial outcomes for people with cancer 

Cancer Council Victoria is working with Deakin University to conduct a series of focus group discussions with people diagnosed with cancer in Victoria and their carers to learn more about their experiences in being informed about the costs of cancer care and the impact it has during and post treatment.   

The research will contribute to Cancer Council’s work to develop a strategy to inform patients about any costs associated with their cancer treatment before they start their treatment so they can make informed decisions regarding treatment pathways.

Register your interest

Who can participate

People who in the past four years have:

  • Been diagnosed and treated for cancer in Victoria or 
  • Cared for someone diagnosed or treated with cancer in Victoria.


Participants will receive a $50 Coles/Myer voucher in recognition of their time.

Focus group details

The focus group will be run by Vicki White, lead researcher, Deakin University who is experienced in conducting research with people affected by cancer.  

The focus groups will consist of 5-7 people and will discuss:

  • experiences of being informed about the costs of cancer care during treatment and follow-up
  • other costs associated with cancer care
  • payments or reimbursements you might have received
  • the impact of costs for you and/or your family, and
  • what you think can be done better to manage the cost of cancer care for patients and their families.

Once you register, more information will be sent to you about the groups so you can decide if you want to participate.

Locations and timing

Groups will be held in the following locations around Melbourne and regional Victoria from March 2020.

  • Melbourne (metro) - Full (Not available)
  • Sunshine
  • Bendigo
  • Wangaratta
  • Ballarat
  • Traralgon
  • Frankston
  • Warrnambool

If there are not enough numbers to hold a focus group, interested participants will be offered the opportunity to complete a phone interview.‚Äč


Register your interest

Cost of cancer in Victoria

Regardless of where people are treated, cancer treatment can be expensive. People may have to pay for medications, scans, tests, appointments with doctors. Many people may have to stop work while they have treatment, so paying for their medical care and usual life expenses can be difficult. Follow-up care may also be costly, as people may need regular appointments and tests during this time.
That's why we have a plan to improve cancer outcomes for all Victorians. Learn more.