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A Loved One has Cancer

Your blood runs cold, as you try to take in the news that your loved one has cancer.

Finding out that a loved one has cancer can be an overwhelming experience, leaving you in a state of shock. You may feel frightened, angry or saddened by the news. You may even try to deny that this could happen to your loved one.

You quickly embark on a steep learning curve about cancer, medical terminology, treatment options, and wait anxiously with your loved one for test results or treatment outcomes. There are countless decisions to be made and financial hurdles to overcome.

You may feel ill equipped to support and care for your loved one, or feel guilty because you are not coping, when they are the one facing a life threatening disease. You may feel resentful that cancer has changed your lives and burdened you both. Your loved one is also going through physical and emotional changes due to the side effects of treatment, and you may feel at a loss to deal with these changes. All of these things leave you feeling exhausted.

You need help – every bit as much as your loved one and you need not face this alone.

It is important to acknowledge your feelings and to arrange for support for yourself, if you are to help your loved one.

CANSA offers counselling and you are welcome to join our Facebook Support Group CANSA Survivors – Champions of Hope for loved ones and patients. Here you can connect with others in a similar position and find valuable tips to help your loved one cope with treatment. Find more online resources to help your loved one…

Remember to take care of your physical and emotional needs – eat well and get enough exercise and sleep. Also make sure that you don’t neglect regular health checks and cancer screening.

Launch – Men Supporting Men Support Group for Cancer Patients

Male cancer patients finally have the opportunity to meet each other and share in a safe space. Male cancer patients are invited to join the first support group meeting via Zoom on Saturday, 27 November 2021 at 9:00 to 10:30….

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Published: 26 Nov 2021 | Last Updated: 6 Dec 2021
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, CANSA Webinars, Caregiving and Cancer, I have Cancer, Men's Health

Zoom Panel Discussion – Let’s Get Real about Men and Prostate Cancer

CANSA hosted a Zoom panel discussion on 18 November 2021 ‘Let’s Get Real about Men and Prostate Cancer’…

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Published: 17 Nov 2021 | Last Updated: 24 Nov 2021
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, CANSA Webinars, I have Cancer, Men's Health, Types of cancer

Webinar – Talking Lung Cancer 11 November 2021

A round table discussion via Zoom took place on Thursday, 11 November 2021, featuring a cancer patient; Dr Poovan Govender, Oncologist, and a palliative care nurse, Zodwa Sithole (CANSA Head of Advocacy), and caregiver, Christa Matthee – recording now available…

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Published: 9 Nov 2021 | Last Updated: 16 Nov 2021
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, CANSA Webinars, Caregiving and Cancer, I have Cancer, No-Tobacco Campaign, Types of cancer

National Virtual CANSA Netcare Support Group – 23 October 2021

View Support Group Session held on Saturday, 23 Oct 2021 from 10:00 – 11:30. Topic: Management and Care after a Mastectomy….

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Published: 20 Oct 2021 | Last Updated: 28 Oct 2021
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, CANSA Webinars, Caregiving and Cancer, I have Cancer, Women's Health

“Be with You” Pendants to Support Loved Ones Going Through Treatment

The “Be with You” pendants can be given to a loved one going through cancer treatment, by a husband or wife, or family to grandparents, or a friend to a friend or partner to partner, so that they know you are thinking of them. Due to COVID, loved ones often aren’t able to be with cancer patients when they need it most, and this pendant is a tangible reminder that you are there in heart and mind. A percentage from the sale of each pendant will be given to CANSA…

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Published: 4 Oct 2021 | Last Updated: 3 Nov 2021
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, I have Cancer, Men's Health, Our Cause Related Marketing Partners, Women's Health

Webinar – Talking Stoma on World Ostomy Day

On Saturday, 2 October 2021, World Ostomy Day, CANSA hosted an informative webinar with experts in this field discussing topics ranging from care, intimacy, underwear, nutrition to support, as well as CANSA’s stoma service offering and Tele Stoma counselling…

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Published: 28 Sep 2021 | Last Updated: 8 Oct 2021
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, CANSA Webinars, Caregiving and Cancer, I have Cancer, Men's Health, Women's Health

Zoom – CANSA Netcare Virtual National Support Group Meeting – 25 September 2021

The National Virtual CANSA Netcare Support Group took place on Saturday, 25 September 2021, where Sandy Lewis of Netcare discussed ‘Mental Resilience during Cancer’- recording available…

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Published: 14 Sep 2021 | Last Updated: 5 Oct 2021
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, CANSA Webinars, Caregiving and Cancer, I have Cancer

Zoom – CANSA Netcare Virtual National Support Group Meeting – 28 August 2021

The National Virtual CANSA Netcare Support Group via Zoom took place on Saturday, 28 August 2021, 10:00 to 11:15. Topic: Mindful movement to help combat fatigue and restore wellbeing – Mia Steyn – recording available…

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Published: 20 Aug 2021 | Last Updated: 5 Oct 2021
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, Beyond Diagnosis & Treatment, CANSA Webinars, I have Cancer

CANSA Webinar: Lung Cancer – Our Voice Our Story

Webinar Recording: Patients and caregivers sharing their viewpoints about overcoming lung cancer…

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Published: 4 Aug 2021 | Last Updated: 13 Aug 2021
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, CANSA Webinars, I have Cancer, Men's Health, No-Tobacco Campaign, Women's Health

Zoom – CANSA Netcare Virtual National Support Group Meeting – 24 July 2021

Theme: Dietary tips – managing side effects of cancer treatment and staying healthy. The good, the bad and the ugly of your eating habits…

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Published: 21 Jul 2021 | Last Updated: 13 Aug 2021
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, CANSA Webinars, Dietary Tips, I have Cancer

Cancer Patients and the COVID Vaccine

Dr Ria David educates us on the current recommendation for cancer patients getting the COVID vaccine…

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Published: 29 Jun 2021
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, Caregiving and Cancer, I have Cancer

Recording Zoom – Launch CANSA Netcare Virtual National Support Group

The CANSA Netcare Virtual National Support Group for cancer patients and caregivers was launched on Saturday, 26 June 2021…

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Published: 23 Jun 2021 | Last Updated: 26 Jul 2021
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, CANSA Webinars, I have Cancer

Let’s Get Chatty About How to Support a Friend who has Cancer

Our partner, Evy Michalopoulos at Filotimo Cancer Project, and CANSA’s Prof Michael Herbst chatted via Zoom on Wednesday, 17 March at 15h00 about how to support friends or a loved one with cancer.

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Published: 17 Mar 2021 | Last Updated: 18 Mar 2021
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, CANSA Webinars, Caregiving and Cancer

Video: CANSA Tele Counselling Service

CANSA Tele Counselling can be accessed via the CANSA Help Desk on 0800 22 66 22 toll free, to make an appointment with a CANSA counsellor. Or send an email to the Help Desk via counselling@cansa.org.za

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Published: 21 Aug 2020 | Last Updated: 10 Mar 2021
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, Beyond Diagnosis & Treatment, CANSA Bloemfontein Care Centre, CANSA Eastern Cape, CANSA Free State, CANSA Gauteng, CANSA Help Desk, CANSA KwaZulu-Natal, CANSA Limpopo, CANSA Mpumalanga, CANSA North West, CANSA Northern Cape, CANSA Western Cape, I have Cancer

COVID-19 – Information Cancer Patients Should Know

The COVID-19 virus will not cause serious problems for most people. However, certain groups of people are more at risk for serious complications resulting from the virus. These include the elderly; people with serious chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease; and people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients and cancer survivors, because cancer and cancer treatment can affect their immune systems. View tips to lower your risk of infection…

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Published: 24 Mar 2020 | Last Updated: 3 Nov 2021
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, Advocacy, CANSA Eastern Cape, CANSA Free State, CANSA Gauteng, CANSA KwaZulu-Natal, CANSA Limpopo, CANSA Mpumalanga, CANSA North West, CANSA Northern Cape, CANSA Western Cape, I have Cancer

His Diagnosis Changed Our Lives

Anjolien Brink, shares how both her and her husband, Stephan’s lives changed through his skin cancer diagnosis and how they coped at the time…

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Published: 21 Feb 2020 | Last Updated: 21 Feb 2020
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, Caregiving and Cancer

How to Be a Friend to a cancer Survivor

Tips to help you be a better friend to your loved one with cancer…

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Published: 19 Jun 2019 | Last Updated: 19 Feb 2020
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, Cope with Cancer

Coping with Cancer – Benefits of Joining a CANSA Support Group

Cancer Survivors (patients / those in remission), Caregivers and loved ones may be fearful of sharing how they truly feel, as they fear misunderstanding and rejection. However, there are clear benefits to joining a support group, whether face-to-face or online, which may make it worth the risk. CANSA offers face-to-face and online support groups…

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Published: 28 Jun 2018 | Last Updated: 11 Mar 2021
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, Caregiving and Cancer, I have Cancer

Taking care of a loved one over the holiday season

Are you alone as a caregiver anticipating the holidays? The holiday season is meant to be a time of joy and celebration, but this time of year can be stressful, too. That may be especially true if you’re caring for someone with cancer. Feelings of sadness, loss, and fearfulness may be mixed in among happier […]

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Published: 11 Dec 2009 | Last Updated: 11 Mar 2021
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, Caregiving and Cancer

Grieving the Loss of a Loved One During the Holidays

Lights, music, gifts, decorations, holiday gatherings of family and friends – our society almost forces us to be in a good mood during the holiday season. If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, your feelings may be inconsistent with the way others “want” you to feel. Set the pace this season and […]

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Published: 12 Dec 2008 | Last Updated: 11 Mar 2021
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, Caregiving and Cancer

Gifts Ideas For Cancer Patients

Communication Short visits (Due to treatment cancer patients may be very tired so don’t spend too long visiting) Letters and emails (Spend some time focusing on the positive aspects of your relationship with this person.) Phone calls (Again be mindful of the amount of time you spend.) Be a good listener. Ease up on expectations […]

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Published: 12 Dec 2008 | Last Updated: 11 Mar 2021
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, Caregiving and Cancer

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