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Caregivers play an integral role in their cancer patient or loved one’s journey. They are the soldiers fighting behind the scenes for their patients or loved ones.
We salute your commitment and determination to care, regardless of what may be required of you, and we want you to know that we are here for you, because you need support too.
We know that most Caregivers don’t choose this role, but it is one that is suddenly thrown upon their shoulders when a family member, loved one or colleague is diagnosed with cancer and urgently needs support and care. No first-time caregiver knows what to do, as no journey with cancer is the same and there are no rules and regulations to follow, however CANSA is able to offer knowledge, information, support and encouragement whenever required.
At times compassion fatigue sets in where the Caregiver no longer cares for themselves. Known as ‘Caregiver Burnout’, this condition is the culmination of stress, emotional exhaustion, depersonalisation and low self-esteem. It is essential that this is dealt with sooner rather than later.
Infographic – Tips to Avoid Burnout
Fact Sheet – Guidelines for Caregivers on Taking Care of Themselves
We recognise that Caregiving is very stressful, and we have created a Facebook Support Group CANSA Caring for the Caregivers to enable Caregivers to meet with others in a similar position and to share caregiving tips / advice and caregiving highs and lows. There are also online resources which Caregivers may share with their loved one or patient.
Dominique Forbes-Rose (Caregiver) says of caregiving, “In many ways it is a very lonely journey. It is just as traumatising for the carer, as for the cancer patient. You give so much of yourself to look after your loved one, you have no time to look after yourself. And with that, you don’t want to worry the patient about everything that you are taking care of behind the scenes, because they need to focus on getting healthy. It is probably the toughest mental wellness journey you can ever go through, and you need a support network to help you. I am so grateful that CANSA has a platform of support for us carers – it is so important to get that support.”
CANSA also offers support through counselling and training on how to support a patients. You can also enquire about our community home based care, CANSA Care Homes for patients receiving treatment far from home and CANSA Care Rooms providing respite care. We can also assist your loved one or patient with dietary tips; stoma care and affordable quality products; advice regarding lymphoedema management; breast prostheses and bras; adult incontinence wear, wigs (natural or synthetic); medical equipment hire and assistive devices.
Contact your local CANSA Care Centre for more information.
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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
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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
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View Support Group Session held on Saturday, 23 Oct 2021 from 10:00 – 11:30. Topic: Management and Care after a Mastectomy….Read more
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…Read more
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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.Read more
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Published: 24 Feb 2020 | Last Updated: 24 Feb 2020
Categories: Caregiving and Cancer
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…Read more
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Published: 30 Aug 2017 | Last Updated: 11 Mar 2021
Categories: Caregiving and Cancer