The challenges faced by rural cancer patients, caregivers, and providers are complex and varied. Listen as real people from eastern Kentucky describe their stories.

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Lola Holliman of McKee, KY is a two-time cancer survivor. She told us about some of the most challenging aspects of managing her care. In particular, her home care nurse was not able to administer Lola’s chemotherapy at home, as she had hoped, so she ended up having to travel to Lexington for treatment. Expenses associated with her medication and necessary CT scans were also a hardship.

Amber Moore, of McKee, KY is a breast cancer survivor. During treatment, Amber experienced emotional symptoms related to her medication, which also had an impact on her family. She found it especially challenging to support her young children as they struggled with the possible implications of her illness.

Keith Gabbard is the CEO of People’s Rural Telephone Cooperative (PRTC), a telecommunications provider in McKee, KY.