For each person diagnosed, cancer is a unique experience. How people cope when diagnosed, during or after treatment (or even when in remission), is different for each individual. No two people will travel the same journey during and after a cancer treatment. However, one common thread in all people with cancer is the need for a good support system.
The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) provides holistic care and support to cancer survivors from the time of diagnosis through all phases of need, including survivorship.
Cancer-Care Coping Kit
The people at CANSA know how scary and stressful a cancer diagnosis can be. That’s why their Cancer-Care Coping Kit (two audio CDs) is great for anyone recently diagnosed with cancer. The toolkit provides information and practical tools and tips to promote physical, emotional and mental well-being before and during treatment - in short, helping you and your loved ones cope with cancer.
CANSA’s active support groups connect patients, long-term survivors and loved ones with others who have 'been there' for insight, emotional support and understanding, hope and inspiration, and bereavement support when needed.
Their support groups includes ’Hoping is Coping’ groups, ‘Sharing and Caring’ groups, cancer specific groups, Day Care groups and ‘Tough Living with Cancer’ (TLC) groups to provide support to children with cancer and the affected families.
There are many times when the pressures of dealing with cancer can become a heavy emotional and mental burden and it affects people beyond just the physical effects of a tumour. Individual counselling is a very effective way to unload some of that stress and to deal with feelings, aspirations and fears. CANSA offers individual counselling to those with cancer, as well as their loved ones.
CANSA Care Lodges
CANSA provides home-from-home accommodation to patients undergoing cancer treatment at oncology clinics far from home. Guests at the 13 Care Lodges around the country stay for an average of six weeks, and receive meals and transport to and from treatment centres.
CANSA’s pilot Care Lodge for parents whose children are undergoing cancer treatment, the CANSA TLC Nicus Lodge at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, has shown such a huge demand for parental accommodation for the duration of their children’s cancer treatment, hence CANSA is now working very hard at launching similar lodges close to paediatric oncology centres in other cities as well.
Very ill cancer (and other) patients receive nursing care at CANSA’s10-bed Theunis Fichardt Hospitium in Polokwane.
Dedicated CANSA Call Centre
Friendly and informed staff at CANSA’s toll-free call centre provide compassionate customer service, awareness materials, information and referrals for anything related to cancer support and care.
Call Toll-Free on 0800 22 66 22 if you have any questions or concerns about cancer.
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