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Additional CANSA Care Homes Enable Cancer Patients Access to Treatment during Lockdown

Afrikaanse Media Vrystelling

12 May 2020 – CANSA welcomes the re-opening of four more of its CANSA Care Homes in Rustenburg, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and George. Most of the CANSA Care Homes have remained open despite the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and where homes were temporarily closed due to restrictions, plans were made to admit critical cancer patients full time at specific hospitals and treatment centres.

Gerda Strauss, CANSA Head of Service Delivery explains, “CANSA’s Care Homes fulfil an important role, as they provide accommodation to cancer patients who live far from treatment centres, for the duration of treatment. They also provide meals and transport to treatment centres. It’s vital that cancer patients continue with treatment during lockdown and so it’s wonderful to be able to re-open the CANSA James Kingston (Rustenburg), Strelitzia (Port Elizabeth), Eikehof (Cape Town) and Irma Bruschi (George) Care Homes, so that more patients can have easy access to treatment in a home-away-from-home environment. This means that 10 of our CANSA Care Homes are now operational, with strict infection procedures and protective measures in place, as cancer patients are among those most vulnerable to the COVID-19 infection. At some Care Homes, a limited number of patients are accommodated at a time to ensure safety, and as we’re fully booked, waiting lists have been initiated.”

CANSA’s TLC Lodges for children and families affected by cancer in Durban, Pretoria and Polokwane have remained operational with protective measures and support via phone and online platforms in place.

CANSA continues to assist stoma and ostomy patients with orders and deliveries that are processed once a week on Thursdays. Patients and survivors can email thavenga@cansa.org.za or stomapta@cansa.org.za or WhatsApp 078 942 9290.

The staff and volunteers continue to provide patients with WhatsApp support and counselling and online support through the website, social media support groups and platforms during the lockdown period and have provided patients with information they need to know to lower their risk for COVID-19. A list of staff on call is available on the website should patients require counselling or advice.

“CANSA is selling masks, face shields and newly designed Head Wear as a means of raising funds towards our service programmes and ensuring sustainability. We’re appealing to the public to please support us and purchase these from our local CANSA Care Centres as your help eases the burden and anxiety of the people living with cancer in so many ways and for this, we are enormously thankful,” concludes Strauss.

(For more information, please contact Lucy Balona, Head: Marketing and Communication at CANSA at email lbalona@cansa.org.za. Call 011 616 7662 or mobile 082 459 5230.)

About CANSA

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 also supply patient care and support in the form of 12 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.

Queries CANSA

Visit www.cansa.org.za or contact the nearest CANSA Care Centre, call CANSA toll-free 0800 22 66 22 or email: info@cansa.org.za. In addition to online resources and Facebook support groups, CANSA offers multi-lingual support on WhatsApp: 072 197 9305 for English and Afrikaans and 071 867 3530 for Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho and Siswati. Follow CANSA on Twitter: @CANSA (http://www.twitter.com/CANSA), join CANSA on Facebook: CANSA The Cancer Association of South Africa and follow CANSA on Instagram: @cancerassociationofsouthafrica and LinkedIn.


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