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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.

CANSA TLC Supports Families Affected by Cancer

International Childhood Cancer Day (15 February) is celebrated annually around the world to raise awareness of childhood cancer and the importance of support for children, teenagers and parents. The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) recognises that these families need support all year round, and has continued to provide this through its CANSA TLC programme amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Published: 11 Feb 2021 | Last Updated: 30 Apr 2021
Categories: CANSA Highlights, CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme, Media Releases & News

Let’s Get Chatty About Childhood Cancer Awareness

As part of International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day in February, please join Evy Michalopoulos from Filotimo Cancer Project and her guests, CANSA’s Cara Noble and Vera van Dalen from our CANSA Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) team via Zoom for a chat around childhood cancer…

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Published: 10 Feb 2021 | Last Updated: 17 Mar 2021
Categories: CANSA Webinars, CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

CANSA Booklets to Help Manage Cancer Patients’ Pain in the Home

CANSA and partners announce the release of two booklets, the ‘CANSA At Home Pain Guide’ and the ‘CANSA At Home Guide for Children with Pain’ to help patients, loved ones, families and caregivers to cope with pain management. #CANSAAtHomePainGuides #CANSACares #MyCareMyComfort

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Published: 21 Oct 2020 | Last Updated: 10 Mar 2021
Categories: Beyond Diagnosis & Treatment, CANSA Highlights, CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme, I have Cancer

Raise Money to Make Treatment Easier for Young Cancer Patients

Each September the Vlok family host an online fundraiser to support CANSA’s TLC Programme and children / teens affected by cancer. Funds raised in 2020 will help CANSA TLC afford life changing medical port-a-cath and broviac implants, as well as critical nutrition packages for South African paediatric cancer patients. We appreciate each and every donation! Together we can make a difference! #CANSATLC #ChildhoodCancerAwareness

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Published: 24 Sep 2020 | Last Updated: 16 Oct 2020
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

CANSA Play Vital Role with Life-saving Support

September is International Childhood Cancer Awareness month and the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) highlights support available to children and parents affected by cancer, through its CANSA Tough Living with Cancer’s (TLC) Broviac / Port and Prosthetics programme and CANSA Tele Counselling service.  #CANSATLC #ChildhoodCancer #CANSAcares

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Published: 23 Sep 2020 | Last Updated: 30 Apr 2021
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme, Media Releases & News

Child’s Letter – To a Friend Receiving Chemo

To a Friend receiving Chemo, We may not know each other but we have a lot in common. I can remember the first time I received chemo. I was really scared because I didn’t know what to expect. I can also tell you that it wasn’t nice. But, it doesn’t matter how you feel, as […]

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Published: 17 Sep 2020
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

CANSA TLC Facilities

Currently there are 2 CANSA TLC Lodges, 1 CANSA TLC Ward and 1 CANSA TLC Teenage Support Room for children / teens and parents and families affected by cancer: Gauteng: CANSA TLC Nicus Lodge on premises Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria. This includes the Brian Davey Step Down Unit which provides a family friendly environment where […]

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Published: 15 Sep 2020 | Last Updated: 19 Feb 2021
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

Supporting Teen cancer Survivors

A particular focus for CANSA is that of the teenage cancer Survivors (patients). Did You Know? It’s estimated that at least two thirds of children with cancer, including teens, never reach a specialist treatment centre and that the majority of those that do, are unfortunately in the advanced stages of their illness. Cancers affecting younger […]

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Published: 15 Sep 2020
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

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

KANSA se Teleberading op Mandeladag bekend gestel

Hierdie Nelson Mandeladag gee KANSA terug aan kankerpasiënte, diegene wat deur kanker geaffekteer word en versorgers, deur sy KANSA Teleberadingsdiens bekend te stel. Hierdie diens bied vertroulike, professionele, kankerverwante telefoniese berading aan kankerpasiënte, versorgers en hulle families, asook die ouers of voogde van kinders wat met kanker leef. Berading is in sewe tale beskikbaar (Engels, Afrikaans, isiXhosa, isiZulu, siSwati, Sesotho en Setswana) en is heeltemal gratis. #CANSATeleCounselling #Connect with Hope #CANSACares #MandelaDay

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Published: 15 Jul 2020 | Last Updated: 30 Apr 2021
Categories: CANSA Help Desk

Launch of CANSA Tele Counselling

CANSA gives back to cancer patients, those affected by cancer and caregivers by launching its CANSA Tele Counselling service. This is confidential, professional, cancer-related telephonic counselling to cancer patients, caregivers and their families and parents or guardians of children living with cancer. Counselling is available in seven languages (English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa, isiZulu, siSwati, Sesotho and Setswana) and is free of charge. #CANSATeleCounselling #ConnectWithHope #MandelaDay

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Published: 15 Jul 2020 | Last Updated: 30 Apr 2021
Categories: CANSA Help Desk, Media Releases & News

Where there is a Will there is a Way – and a Wig!

When #lockdown was first announced we knew that there would be certain limitations to the work that CANSA could, physically, continue with – such as supplying wigs to patients in need – however thanks to an incredible team effort, we were able to put a smile on a little patient’s face when she received her new wig during lockdown.

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Published: 8 Jun 2020 | Last Updated: 10 Mar 2021
Categories: CANSA Care Centres, CANSA Eastern Cape, CANSA Free State, CANSA Gauteng, CANSA KwaZulu-Natal, CANSA Limpopo, CANSA Mpumalanga, CANSA North West, CANSA Northern Cape, CANSA Western Cape, CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

Radio Interview International Nurses Day

May 12 2020 was International Nurses Day – where nurses are celebrated and recognised for their contribution to the medical field. The World Health Organisation has designated 2020 as The Year of the Nurse and Midwife because it will be the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. Lorraine Govender, a nurse and currently the National […]

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Published: 16 May 2020 | Last Updated: 16 Oct 2020
Categories: Screening & Cancer Control

CANSA Helps Jamiel Fulfil his Dream Bike Ride

During the CANSA Liaison Committee meeting on 4 March 2020, the Patient Coordinator of Villiersdorp, “Tannie Marie Boers” informed us about the prognosis of Jamiel Brett, a CANSA TLC patient that is in the CANSA Care Room at Vrederus old age home, Villiersdorp. She asked him what his dream was, and he responded that he […]

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Published: 16 Apr 2020 | Last Updated: 16 Oct 2020
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

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: 8 Feb 2021
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, CANSA's Holistic Cancer Care & Support

PEP-Talks Training for CANSA Staff on Pain in Children

A recent study conducted in a South African hospital concluded that “the prevalence of pain in hospitalised paediatric patients is unacceptably high”, and that “there is an urgent need for pain training and education, and the implementation of guidelines and protocols for pain assessment, prevention and treatment”. According to PaedsPain SA, the special interest group […]

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Published: 12 Mar 2020 | Last Updated: 15 Oct 2020
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

Nuwe Ondersteuningskamer, Navorsing en Studie oor Tieners wat deur Kanker geraak word

English Media Release 13 Februarie 2020 – KANSA is opgewonde om een van die min kamers wat spesiaal beskikbaar gemaak is vir tieners wat met kanker gediagnoseer is, in gebruik te neem. Die kamer in Saal 3 by die Tygerberg Hospitaal vorm deel van KANSA se TLC (Tough Living with Cancer) se ondersteuningsdiens aan kinders, […]

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Published: 14 Feb 2020 | Last Updated: 30 Apr 2021
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

New Support Room and Research Study for Teens Affected by Cancer

CANSA is excited to launch one of the few teen cancer patient rooms in the country, at Ward 3, Tygerberg Hospital, as part of its CANSA TLC (Tough Living with Cancer) support service to children, teens and families affected by cancer on 14 February 2020, just ahead of International Childhood Cancer Day (15 February).

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Published: 14 Feb 2020 | Last Updated: 30 Apr 2021
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme, Media Releases & News

My Second Chance: Josh’s Story of Hope

Just after Josh Cragg’s twelfth birthday, he was diagnosed with an aggressive childhood cancer that presented a huge challenge for him and his family. What was the journey like, what perspectives has it given him, and how can we support children in similar situations? The youngest of three Zimbabwean brothers, Josh, now 24, recently qualified […]

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Published: 13 Feb 2020 | Last Updated: 10 Mar 2021
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme, Stories of Hope

A Brave Young Man Motivates his Parents to go the Extra Mile

CANSA TLC wishes to acknowledge Tyler Sassman and his family and thank them for taking hands with us, and benefitting other children fighting cancer.

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Published: 11 Feb 2020 | Last Updated: 17 Feb 2020
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

Video: CANSA Employee Wellness Programme

Cancer has increased and is being diagnosed more frequently so it is important to know the warning signs of cancer, and to promote early detection and awareness of cancer to enable better treatment outcomes. CANSA encourages employers in South Africa to host employee wellness events to show appreciation for their hardworking employees and to ensure […]

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Published: 17 Jan 2020 | Last Updated: 8 Mar 2021
Categories: Screening & Cancer Control

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