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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.

CANSA Men Supporting Men Cancer Support group – 25 June 2022

Join the CANSA Men Supporting Men Cancer Support group on 25 June 2022 from 9 00 to 10 00…

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Published: 24 Jun 2022 | Last Updated: 27 Jun 2022
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, Caregiving and Cancer, I have Cancer, Men's Health

CANSA Pain Manager App for better Quality of Life

As part of International Cancer Survivors’ Day, CANSA launches a free CANSA Pain Manager app, in association with the Centre of Community Technology at Nelson Mandela University (CCT), sponsored by Pfizer. It’s in the format of a diary or calendar allowing the patient / caregiver to input relevant information such as logging pain experienced daily and allows input reminders of medication schedule / dosage and appointments.

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Published: 1 Jun 2022 | Last Updated: 5 Jun 2022
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, Beyond Diagnosis & Treatment, CANSA Highlights, Caregiving and Cancer, I have Cancer, Media Releases & News, Men's Health, Women's Health

Cancer Webinar with Bounti – Reduce Your Cancer Risk

Recording available: #CANSASmartChoice partner bounti (a Discovery Vitality partner) and Lisa Raleigh hosted webinar focused living a cancer preventative lifestyle, coping during the cancer journey and supporting those in remission…

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Published: 25 May 2022 | Last Updated: 7 Jun 2022
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, Beyond Diagnosis & Treatment, CANSA Webinars, I have Cancer

CANSA Men Supporting Men Cancer Support group – 28 May 2022

Join the CANSA Men Supporting Men Cancer Support group on 28 May 2022 | 09:00-10:00

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Published: 23 May 2022 | Last Updated: 24 Jun 2022
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, CANSA Webinars, Caregiving and Cancer, I have Cancer, Men's Health

Palliative Care for Cancer Patients – What We Should Know

Any patient can request palliative care! It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided alongside potentially curative treatment…

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Published: 2 May 2022 | Last Updated: 14 Jun 2022
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, Advocacy, Beyond Diagnosis & Treatment, CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme, Caregiving and Cancer, I have Cancer, Men's Health, Women's Health

CANSA Collaborates with Alignd to Increase Access to Palliative Care

CANSA has partnered with Alignd, a value-based care and patient-centric organisation working with medical schemes to improve access to and cover for palliative care from diagnosis of serious cancer…

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Published: 2 May 2022 | Last Updated: 6 May 2022
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, Advocacy, Beyond Diagnosis & Treatment, Caregiving and Cancer, I have Cancer, Men's Health, Women's Health

Men Supporting Men Support Group for Cancer Patients – 19 March 2022

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 next support group meeting via Zoom: Saturday, 19 March 2022…

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Published: 17 Mar 2022 | Last Updated: 22 Mar 2022
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, CANSA Webinars, Caregiving and Cancer, I have Cancer, Men's Health

CANSA – Guardian of Cancer Patients’ Human Rights 

On 21 March, Human Rights’ Day is celebrated coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution, that enshrines the rights of all people in South Africa and affirms the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom. The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) upholds and helps protect the human rights of cancer patients, by speaking on behalf of patients through its Advocacy and Service departments and facilitating improved access to medication, treatment and palliative care…

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Published: 16 Mar 2022 | Last Updated: 19 May 2022
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, About CANSA, Advocacy, Caregiving and Cancer, I have Cancer, Media Releases & News

HALO Riders’ Blog – by Andrew Woodburn

The HALO ‘Helping a Little One’ Team are, once again, cycling from Gqeberha to Cape Town to raise funds for, and create awareness of the CANSA Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) programme which supports children and teens with cancer. The Halo Team leaves Gqeberha on 5 March 2022 and arrives in Cape Town on 11 […]

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Published: 8 Mar 2022 | Last Updated: 18 Mar 2022
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme, Stories of Hope

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

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

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