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CANSA’s Holistic Cancer Care & Support

CANSA provides guidance and advice to cancer survivors and their families to improve their quality of life in all phases of treatment and after treatment. At our CANSA Care Centres we provide holistic care and support to cancer survivors from the time of diagnosis, through all phases of need, including survivorship.

“I Started to Live My Life on Purpose” – An Interview with Naniki Seboni

CANSA Ambassador and melanoma survivor, Naniki Seboni joined Karger’s The Waiting Room Podcast, to speak about about her experiences of being diagnosed with stage 3 malignant melanoma at the age of 25…

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Published: 9 May 2024
Updated: 17 May 2024
Categories: CANSA Highlights, Environment, Men's Health, Reduce Cancer Risk, Screening & Cancer Control, Stories of Hope, SunSmart, Women's Health

South African Society Of Ostomates (SASS) Webinar – 27 March 2024

CANSA is proud to be part of the next South African Society Of Ostomates (SASS) virtual support group webinar taking place on the 27th of March 2024. 

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Published: 18 March 2024
Updated: 7 May 2024
Categories: Advocacy, CANSA Webinars, CANSA's Holistic Cancer Care & Support, Cope with Cancer, Counselling & Support Groups, Men's Health, Support Groups, Women's Health

Podcast: Cancer Patients and Hair Loss – On the CANSA Couch

Hair loss is a common side-effect of chemotherapy treatment. In this heartfelt CANSA Podcast episode, we explore the emotional journey of individuals facing hair loss and the impactful support provided by CANSA.

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Published: 6 March 2024
Updated: 14 May 2024
Categories: CANSA Seal of Recognition - Non-Edible Consumer Goods Category, CANSA Seal of Recognition - Patient Care, CANSA's Holistic Cancer Care & Support, Cope with Cancer, On the CANSA Couch Podcasts, Women's Health

Resources to Help a Child Cope with the Loss of a Parent / Loved One to Cancer

CANSA TLC’s ‘Feeling Sad’ book is a sensitively written story that explains a young boy’s challenge after his mother dies from cancer, helping to normalise his fears and find ways to handle his grief. The book was written by Sally Anne Carter and illustrated by Alison Guy. Download Book: Feeling Sad

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Published: 27 February 2024
Updated: 27 February 2024
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

CANSA Introduces Additional Support Service for Children with Cancer 

As a parent of a child with cancer, CANSA understands that this can be an extremely challenging and overwhelming time. When a child receives a diagnosis of cancer, parents must understand the treatment plan and its potential impact on the child’s daily life and the family. This understanding can help them cope and start planning for the future.  CANSA knows only too well how children’s cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming and has launched an additional support resource to its Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) programme. The online programme, which costs a nominal R270, focuses on brain profiling for the parent and four to nine-year-old cancer-diagnosed children.  The insights gained from the brain profiling will help to enhance parents and guardians’ connection with their children and support their well-being throughout their cancer journey.  

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Published: 14 February 2024
Updated: 29 February 2024
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme, Caregiving and Cancer, Media Releases & News

Melanoma Ranks in Top Five Cancers

In May, awareness is placed on Melanoma, currently ranking the fifth most prevalent cancer in men and sixth most prevalent among women in South Africa, according to the National Cancer Registry (2019). The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) reminds South Africans to protect themselves from overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays that are the main cause of skin cancer and to be aware that people of all skin tones (light to dark) can be diagnosed with skin cancer.

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Published: 1 December 2023
Updated: 15 February 2024
Categories: CANSA's Seal of Recognition, Media Releases & News, Men's Health, Screening & Cancer Control, SunSmart, Types of cancer, Women's Health

A Haven of Hope – CANSA TLC Nicus Lodge Offers Vital Support to Families

In the heart of Pretoria, a beacon of hope shines brightly for families facing the overwhelming journey of childhood cancer treatment. The CANSA Tough Living with Cancer (TLC). Nicus Lodge run by CANSA, nestled within the premises of the Tshwane District Hospital, is extending its warm embrace to parents, guardians, and caregivers who find themselves far from home while their children undergo life-saving treatments…

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Published: 21 September 2023
Updated: 28 September 2023
Categories: CANSA Bedfordview Care Centre, CANSA Pretoria Care Centre, CANSA Roodepoort Satellite Care Centre, CANSA Vaal Triangle Virtual Care Centre, CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

Help the Vlok Family Raise Money to Make Treatment Easier for Young Cancer Patients

2023 – Our family’s 11th Annual Paediatric Cancer Campaign will run from 1-30 September 2023. Our theme this year: ‘Look Forward’. Funds raised in 2023 will help CANSA TLC afford life changing medical port-a-cath and broviac implants (used for critical chemotherapy infusions, administration of medicines / fluids, as well as repetitive blood draws), prosthetic eyes (retinoblastoma is a prevalent paediatric cancer in South Africa), as well as a variety of paediatric mobility devices and medical necessities. Funds will also be used for nutrition packages for those in need. We appreciate each and every donation to help us reach our target of R75 000! Together we can make a difference!

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Published: 21 September 2023
Updated: 4 October 2023
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

Helping Young Cancer Survivors Celebrate Life

In June, as part of International Cancer Survivors’ month, CANSA celebrates all cancer survivors and salutes their perseverance, with the focus on children, teens, young adults and parents or guardians. Each cancer diagnosis can impact a patient and their loved ones negatively, and CANSA provides the practical and emotional support they need throughout cancer treatment. Receiving a diagnosis as an adult is difficult, but even more so when it’s a child or teenager and it is especially hard on parents of paediatric patients. When a child or teenager is diagnosed with cancer, CANSA TLC offers support to sustain paediatric patients, parents and loved ones as they face their worst fear…

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Published: 19 September 2023
Updated: 28 September 2023
Categories: CANSA Eastern Cape, CANSA Free State, CANSA Gauteng, CANSA KwaZulu-Natal, CANSA Limpopo, CANSA Mpumalanga, CANSA North West, CANSA Northern Cape, CANSA Western Cape, Counselling & Support Groups, Media Releases & News

CANSA Infographics: Children, Teens and Young Adults Affected by Cancer

Children CANSA TLC Service Warning Signs Cancer Top 5 Cancers Affecting Children Childhood Cancer – Myth vs Fact How Do I Support my Friend with Cancer (for children) Stories to Encourage Children with Cancer Teens and Young Adults Warning Signs Cancer Cancer in Teenagers in South Africa How do I Support my Friend with Cancer  […]

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Published: 1 September 2023
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

CANSA Videos: Children, Teens and Young Adults Affected by Cancer

The following videos are available: CANSA TLC Services – Celebrating Life  CANSA TLC Programme CANSA TLC with Breyten Paulse CANSA TLC Nicus Lodge – SABC Real Talk

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Published: 1 September 2023
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

CANSA Webinars: Childhood, Teen and Young Adults Affected by Cancer

Recordings are available for the following webinars: Let’s Get Chatty About Childhood Cancer Awareness Interventions for Adolescents and Young Adults Living with Cancer

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Published: 1 September 2023
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

Resources to Help Share a Parent or Loved Ones’ Cancer Diagnosis with a Child

You may be stressed about revealing your cancer diagnosis to your child or children. Children love stories and these often provide parents with a means of broaching tricky subjects and so the ‘The Secret Warrior’ book was especially written for CANSA TLC, by creative writer and social worker, Sally Ann Carter. We understand that sharing a cancer […]

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Published: 31 August 2023
Updated: 11 June 2024
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

Resources to Help Cope with Side Effects of Cancer Treatment (for Parents / Loved Ones)

 Our CANSA TLC staff have seen first-hand the common side effects caused by cancer treatment, that children battle with. Parents often feel helpless in the face of nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and other common side effects their children experience, which in turn affects children’s appetite and general well-being. The purpose is to help parents manage these side […]

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Published: 31 August 2023
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

Resources to Help Cope with Side Effects of Cancer Treatment (for Children)

CANSA partnered with Hollard to design, illustrate and produce the books in an online format that is available for free on the CANSA website. Our experienced CANSA TLC staff members, who work with children, teens, young adults and families affected by cancer daily, came up with the concept of providing reading material for children that would help […]

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Published: 31 August 2023
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

Resources to Help with Cancer Diagnosis (Children)

CANSA partnered with Hollard to design, illustrate and produce the books in an online format that is available for free on the CANSA website. Our experienced CANSA TLC staff members, who work with children, teens, young adults and families affected by cancer daily, came up with the concept of providing reading material for children that would […]

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Published: 31 August 2023
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

Ons Bemagtig Adolessente en Jong Volwassenes met Kanker: KANSA Free2Bme Diens

English Media Release 23 Augustus 2023 – September is Kinderkanker Bewusmakingsmaand, en KANSA is opgewonde om ’n inspirerende inisiatief bekend te stel wat beoog om ’n groot impak te maak in die lewens van mid-adolessente en jong volwassenes (ook bekend as AYA) tussen die ouderdomme van 13 en 25 jaar wat die uitdagings van ’n […]

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Published: 30 August 2023
Updated: 30 August 2023
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme, Media Releases & News

Young Adults – Choosing Hope Amid Life Challenges

You are considered a cancer Survivor from the moment of your diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond. You have already picked up some tips regarding how to deal with the first phase of survivorship, and may be about to start the second phase, both described in other sections of the AYA Free2Bme site – the phases […]

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Published: 30 August 2023
Updated: 30 August 2023
Categories: CANSA Free2Bme Support for Teens and Young Adults

Teens – Choosing Hope Amid Life Challenges

You are considered a cancer Survivor from the moment of your diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond. You have already picked up some tips regarding how to deal with the first phase of survivorship, and may be about to start the second phase, both described in other sections of the AYA Free2Bme site – the phases […]

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Published: 30 August 2023
Updated: 30 August 2023
Categories: CANSA Free2Bme Support for Teens and Young Adults

Teen and Young Adult Stories of Hope

Most pages of the CANSA AYA Free2Bme site feature inspiring quotes from teens or young adults who have walked a similar path to you. This space is dedicated to giving other AYA (adolescents and young adults) HOPE as they read your stories of hope or quotes of hope – please submit them in the comment […]

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Published: 30 August 2023
Updated: 30 August 2023
Categories: CANSA Free2Bme Support for Teens and Young Adults

Young Adults – Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Risk Factors for Cancer While we don’t understand fully what causes all cancers, unhealthy lifestyle choices have been linked to a number of cancers, so it makes sense to make healthier lifestyle choices in order to lower personal risk of cancer after treatment. Known Causes 1) Young adults with Human Immodeficiency Virus (HIV) or Aquired Immunodeficiency […]

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Published: 29 August 2023
Updated: 30 August 2023
Categories: CANSA Free2Bme Support for Teens and Young Adults

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