Pacific people in Aotearoa New Zealand experience higher incidence and mortality for breast, lung and uterine cancer compared with non-Pacific. Studies have identified a number of potential factors which act as barriers to access of cancer care which include; cost, location of services, transport, culture, communication and health literacy, but despite this, there is limited research on Pacific people's experiences of cancer and cancer care.
Dr Olivia Perelini is a trainee medical oncologist and Breast Cancer Foundation NZ's clinical research fellow at Auckland hospital. She has been awarded a research grant from BCFNZ to look at the experiences of Pacific people with cancer in the Auckland region.
By understanding the lived experiences of Pacific people with cancer, Dr Perelini hopes key areas will be identified to improve treatment, support services and access to care.