A group of researchers is interviewing people from across Atlantic Canada who have had more than one type of cancer.

Krista Wilkins

Krista Wilkins' research is aimed at better understanding of the experience of people with multiple cancers. (UNB)

Krista Wilkins, an assistant professor in the faculty of nursing at the University of New Brunswick, told CBC News that statistics show one in nine people with cancer will face having more than one kind. Despite this, Wilkins said, not a lot of research has been done on the topic.

Her research project, she said, will help the medical community and the public better understand the experience of a person diagnosed with multiple cancers.

"So, how can we help individuals that have had multiple cancers live every day," she said.

"How do they get the gumption to go forward and deal with yet another cancer diagnosis? Certainly, it will help us be able to help individuals as they're facing potentially multiple cancers themselves."

The two-year study has just started and researchers are still looking for participants. You can contact researchers at cancerresearch@unb.ca or on Facebook.