For each person diagnosed, cancer is a unique experience. No two people will travel the same journey during and after cancer treatment. How people cope when diagnosed, during or after treatment (or even when in remission), is different for each individual. One common thread in all people with cancer, is the need for a good support system.
CANSA support groups connect patients, long-term survivors and their loved ones with others who have ‘been there’ for insight, moral support and understanding, hope and inspiration, and bereavement support when needed.
These groups include – ‘Hoping is Coping’ •‘Sharing and Caring’ groups •Cancer specific groups (such as prostate cancer support group) •Weekly visits to oncology centres •Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) groups (support to children, teens and families affected by cancer).
For many people facing a cancer diagnosis, it’s the toughest fight of their lives. Maintaining social support networks and talking about cancer is important for both the person living with cancer and their caregiver. Whether you are a newly diagnosed person with cancer, a person who has had cancer before, or the caregiver or loved one of someone with cancer, you might experience some form of emotional stress as part of the natural human response.
Individual counselling is a very effective way to unload some of that stress in a safe and supportive environment. CANSA’s experienced counsellors can help you enormously in dealing with your feelings, aspirations and fears. Counselling is available for those with cancer, as well as their loved ones.
CANSA Care Homes provide home-from-home accommodation to patients undergoing cancer treatment far from home. Patients at the many CANSA Care Homes around the country stay for an average of six weeks, and receive meals and transport to and from treatment centres.
At the CANSA Care Facility veryill cancer (and other) patients receive excellent nursing care at the 8-bed Theunis Fichardt Hospitium in Polokwane.
CANSA Support for children, teens & families provides free lodging for parents/guardians whose children are undergoing cancer treatment at the CANSA TLC Lodge in Pretoria, TLC Paediatric Oncology Ward in Polokwane & CANSA TLC Support Room in Durban, with additional CANSA TLC Support Rooms in Kimberley and Port Elizabeth.
Need help now? Take advantage of the dedicated CANSA Call Centre where friendly and informed staff at a 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.
Don’t do it alone when you don’t have to. #CANSACares.
And this is one of the many reasons why Fit4Good is supporting CANSA in our events this May as we cycle and run for someone else’s health!
Fit4Good #1: Saturday, 4th May 2019 | Planet Fitness Plattekloof, Cape Town
Fit4Good #2: Saturday, 11th May 2019 | Planet Fitness Wanderers, Johannesburg
Support CANSA supporting South Africans by signing up a team to either cycle or run at a participating Planet Fitness Gym via our easy online registration and payment process.
©CANSA – extract from Care and Support brochure