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CANSA’s Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

Children, Food and Cancer  

In September, CANSA raises awareness of childhood cancer and the importance of support for children and parents affected specifically regarding food and diets. CANSA TLC partnered with B-well to produce a booklet, ‘Understanding a Child’s Dietary Needs When They are Diagnosed with Cancer’ for parents to better manage the dietary side effects their children experience while on cancer treatment…

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Published: 20 Sep 2022
Updated: 17 Oct 2022
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme, Caregiving and Cancer, Dietary Tips

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

Our family’s 10th Annual Pediatric Cancer Campaign will run from 1-30 September 2022. Our theme this year: ‘Decade of Hope’. Funds raised in 2022 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 local anesthetic products. We appreciate each and every donation! Together we can make a difference!

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Published: 17 Sep 2022
Updated: 3 Oct 2022
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

Helping Children with Cancer Feel Understood

CANSA partnered with the Hollard Insurance Group to release stories in short booklet form, to encourage children fighting cancer, to mark International Childhood Cancer Awareness in February 2022. The stories, written by CANSA TLC staff, were inspired by Hollard’s InstaStory platform. CANSA partnered with Hollard to design, illustrate and produce the books in an online format that is available for free on the CANSA website. Hollard further sponsored printed copies that are distributed to all CANSA TLC facilities country-wide…

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Published: 31 Aug 2022
Updated: 17 Oct 2022
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme, Media Releases & News

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
Updated: 16 Aug 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

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

HALO Team Ride Enables CANSA TLC’s Support of Children Affected by Cancer (Gqeberha to Cape Town)

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 March 2022. They will also be participating in the Cape Town Cycle Tour on Sunday, 13 March 2022…

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Published: 7 Mar 2022
Updated: 22 Mar 2022
Categories: CANSA Western Cape, CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme, Fundraising Events & Projects

Sharing a Cancer Diagnosis with a Child 

CANSA announced a new resource to help parents who have been diagnosed with cancer in September, which is International Childhood Cancer awareness month, to share the news of their diagnosis with their child or children in a child-friendly way…

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Published: 19 Dec 2021
Updated: 21 Oct 2022
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme, Media Releases & News

First Aid Kit Donations for CANSA TLC Onco-paediatric Patients to Use at Home

Any person who wishes to sponsor a first aid kit for a child in RSA diagnosed with cancer, is welcome to contact Vera van Dalen per e-mail: tlc@cansa.org.za – food parcel donations and basic toiletries are also welcome. #CANSATLC #CANSACares

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Published: 11 Dec 2021
Updated: 26 Jan 2022
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme, Fundraising Events & Projects

Milestone Celebration an Opportunity to Bless CANSA TLC Onco-kids

We would like to encourage others to continue with this initiative by turning their own celebrations into an opportunity to bless our oncology kids outreaches in other CANSA TLC Units…

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Published: 30 Oct 2021
Updated: 13 Dec 2021
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme, Fundraising Events & Projects

Tiffany Collects Ninety Jars of Hope for CANSA TLC Patients & Parents

A young High School Monument student as part of a competition and as a tribute to her grandfather Schalk Kolbe, chose to support CANSA by rallying friends and family to collect 90 Jars of Hope for CANSA TLC patients and parents. The jars contain basic food ingredients which can be used to prepare a meal. […]

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Published: 12 Oct 2021
Updated: 13 Oct 2021
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

CANSA TLC Programme – Artificial Eye Support

CANSA TLC raises funds for prosthetic support that includes artificial eye support, for children and teens…

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Published: 29 Sep 2021
Updated: 15 Oct 2021
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

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
Updated: 24 Jun 2021
Categories: 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
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
Updated: 1 Jun 2022
Categories: Beyond Diagnosis & Treatment, CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme, I have Cancer

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
Updated: 21 Apr 2022
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 & Support

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 This includes 4 isolation rooms (with en-suite facilities) that provide a […]

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Published: 15 Sep 2020
Updated: 27 Jul 2022
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
Updated: 21 Apr 2022
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

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
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

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

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
Updated: 15 Oct 2020
Categories: CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

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