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CANSA and Netcare Join Hands to Establish Cancer Support Groups

3 February 2020 – CANSA and Netcare today announced that the two organisations have partnered to establish cancer support groups at nine of the private healthcare group’s hospitals.

These support groups will be open to all persons impacted by cancer, from newly diagnosed individuals starting their cancer treatment journey to cancer Survivors, even those who have been in remission for years, as well as family members and caregivers.

“CANSA has support groups across South Africa situated in diverse communities, aiming to support cancer patients and their loved ones over the widest geographic range,” says Cara Noble, national relationship manager for service delivery at CANSA.

“Partnering with Netcare and more specifically with Netcare Cancer Care (one of the largest private providers of oncology services in the country), was a no-brainer. Our shared passion for prioritising patients and offering a holistic model of care and support to cancer patients on their cancer journey made entering into this partnership an easy decision,” Noble added.

“Netcare is privileged to be a part of this worthy initiative which resonates with our focus on person centred health and care, and our holistic and participatory approach to cancer care. We believe that it is important to provide individuals with cancer and their loved ones with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make more informed decisions about their health and care, so that they can become participants in their healthcare journey,” says Rowan Robinson, cancer care navigator lead at Netcare Cancer Care.

From left – Sphe Mabaso (CANSA Durban Care Centre Social Worker), Linda Cipolla (CANSA Mkhuhla Care Home Co-ordinator), Cara Noble (CANSA National Relationship Manager – Service Delivery), Rowan Robinson (Netcare Cancer Care Navigation Lead), Cyril Mthimkhulu (Netcare Clinical Nurse Navigator, and Premi Samlal (CANSA Mkhuhla Care Home Caregiver) at Netcare Parklands Hospital, one of the facilities that will host cancer support groups.

According to Robinson, the value of support groups and the impact they have on the lives of those attending is undeniable. “Support groups is one of the ways in which we can empower, enlighten and educate individuals when they need it the most. They also provide a much needed platform where people who are facing similar challenges, fears and treatment side effects can share practical advice and a compassionate ear, and also celebrate ‘victories’ when they are told that their cancer is in remission, giving hope to others who are still on their journey, ” she explains.

The nine Netcare hospitals, situated across five provinces, that will host the support groups are Netcare Clinton, Netcare Milpark and Netcare Pinehaven hospitals in Gauteng; Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital in the Western Cape; Netcare Parklands, Netcare St Anne’s and Netcare uMhlanga hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal; Netcare Greenacres Hospital in the Eastern Cape; and Netcare Pholoso Hospital in Limpopo.

The support groups will take place on a monthly basis starting in February. They will be hosted by Netcare and facilitated by CANSA’s experienced service delivery staff. Different topics of interest to persons affected by cancer will be covered by experts in their fields in the monthly meetings, and there will be opportunity for those attending to socialise, share their experiences with, and offer support to, one another.

For more information regarding the support groups, email Rowan Robinson, cancer care navigator lead at Netcare Cancer Care, on And Cara Noble, CANSA’s national relationship manager – service delivery on or call 083 784 5596.

Eastern Cape

Netcare Greenacres Hospital

Cnr Cape & Rochelle Rds Greenacres, Port Elizabeth, 6045

27 February 2020 10:00


Netcare Clinton Hospital

62 Clinton Rd, New Redruth, Alberton, 1449

20 February 2020 18:00


Netcare Milpark Hospital

9 Guild Rd, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2193

28 February 2020 12:00


Netcare Pinehaven Hospital

Pinehaven Estate 1 Gateway Road, Pinehaven Twp, Krugersdorp, 1739

20 February 2020 10:00


Netcare Parklands Hospital

75 Hopelands Rd, Overport, Durban, 4091

19 February 2020 10:00


Netcare St Annes Hospital

331 Burger St, Pietermaritzburg, 3201

26 February 2020 15:00


Netcare Umhlanga Hospital

323 Umhlanga Rocks Dr, Umhlanga, Durban, 4320

15 February 2020 10:00


Netcare Pholoso Hospital

Cnr Grobler Street & Eland Avenue, Savannah, Polokwane

27 February 2020 10:00

Western Cape

Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital

25 D.F. Malan St, Foreshore, Cape Town, 8001

2nd Monday of the Month 18:00 (next date 10 February 2020)

CANSA offers a unique integrated service to the public and to all people affected by cancer. CANSA is a leading role-player in cancer research and the scientific findings and knowledge gained from our research are used to realign our health programmes, as well as strengthen our watchdog role to the greater benefit of the public. Our health programmes comprise health and education campaigns; CANSA Care Centres that offer a wide range of care and support services to those affected by cancer; stoma and other clinical support; medical equipment hire, as well as a toll-free line to offer information and support. We offer a Tele Counselling service in seven languages free of charge. We also supply patient care and support in the form of 8 CANSA Care Homes in the main metropolitan areas for out-of-town cancer patients and CANSA-TLC lodging for parents and guardians of children undergoing cancer treatment.

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