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CANSA Support Groups

CANSA recognises the importance of support groups for cancer Survivors, caregivers and loved ones, and offers them the opportunity to join a caring community, when they join a CANSA Support Group.

Our active Support Groups connect cancer Survivors (patients / those in remission), their loved ones and caregivers with others who have “been there”.

Members interact with others who have a real understanding of their life experience, and mutual sharing of coping strategies and valuable information may take place.

Bereavement support is also provided by CANSA.

Support Groups

Please complete the online form to be added to a group of your choice…

Join a Support Group in Your Area

The following support groups are available:


Complete the online form and indicate which WhatsApp group you would like to join:


  • Bereavement Support Group (Gretchen Minnaar)
  • Cancer Caregiver Support Group (Gretchen Minnaar)
  • Newly Diagnosed Support Group (Abeda Steenkamp)


  • CANSA Women with Cancer (Gretchen Minnaar)
  • KANSA Vroue met Kanker (Gretchen Minnaar)
  • Metastatic Breast Cancer – national (Gretchen Minnaar)


  • TBA


  • Ostomy Support Group (Cisca Loggenberg)



These WhatsApp groups are limited to patients in a particular area:

Groups in the Eastern Cape:

  • CANSA Eastern Cape Support Group (Gretchen Minnaar)

Groups in the Western Cape:

  • KANSA Darling Omgeegroep (Tanya Johnson)
  • CANSA Malmesbury Survivors Family and Friends (Tanya Johnson)
  • CANSA Paarl Support Group (Naomi Philander)
  • CANSA Stellenbosch Support Group (Naomi Philander)
  • CANSA Vredenburg Support Group (Tanya Johnson)
  • CANSA Wellington Support Group (Naomi Philander)
  • CANSA Western Cape – Metastatic Breast Cancer (Abeda Steenkamp)

Face to Face:

Complete the online form and indicate the area you would like to attend a support group:

  • Botriver (Naomi Philander)
  • West Coast (Tanya Johnson)


Complete the online form and indicate that you would like to join this group:

Men Supporting Men Zoom Support Group (Gretchen Minnaar) – monthly meeting


Click on the link below to join the group of your choice:

Support Resources for cancer Survivors & Loved Ones

Find additional online resources for cancer Survivors (anyone who has heard the words ‘you have cancer’), caregivers or loved ones, and about coping with cancer.


CANSA does not provide treatment, and if any abnormalities are detected during screening, then you will be referred to an appropriate specialist or healthcare professional. 

CANSA does not prescribe or provide medication, as it is not authorised to do so.

However, our clincial specialist nurse, Sr Vlooi Venter is able to provide free advice with regards to management of side effects of cancer, side effects of cancer treatment and pain.

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