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I have Cancer

Whether you have recently been diagnosed with cancer or whether you are a veteran who has undergone the rigours of treatment, or if you are now in remission, CANSA considers you a cancer Survivor.

We want you to know that you are not alone and that we would like to support you and your loved ones. As you face your cancer diagnosis, learn to live with and through this disease and even beyond it, we would like to inspire hope and courage in you and empower you with the information you need to take control of your life.

Helping You Deal with Your Cancer Diagnosis:

What is Cancer Booklet

CANSA KZN and the KZN Department of Health collaborated to produce the “What Is Cancer Booklet” a basic guide about cancer and oncology: English | Zulu

CancerCare Coping Kit

A cancer diagnosis is very stressful. You have so many questions and it may feel as if your world has turned upside down.  Help is at hand with our CancerCare Coping Kit Audio-Programme.

We developed this audio-programme ENG Coping Kit SLIM CD PRINT.cdralong with fellow cancer Survivors to help empower you to deal with cancer, by providing knowledge and understanding.

Through this audio-programme, we hope to equip you with practical tools for use in your daily life and to provide your family members & caregivers with information and knowledge, to make this journey easier.

You will learn more about the following:

  • What is cancer, its treatment & side effects?
  • Emotional reactions to a cancer diagnosis & the importance of communication
  • Cancer & nutrition
  • Celebrating life & living positively with cancer

iSurvivor Programme

We’d like to introduce you to Aunt Sophia. She has a wealth of information & practical tips to share with you.

Sign up for our iSurvivor email-based support programme and she’ll send you weekly emails to inspire & encourage you – no charge – she’s a cancer Survivor herself, so she knows what  a rollercoaster ride this cancer journey can be!

If you are a metastatic breast cancer patient you can sign up for our iSurvivor Metastatic Breast Cancer email-based support programme, and benefit from the wisdom of other MBC patients.

CANSA at Home Pain Guide

CANSA at Home Pain Guide

Online Support Resources

You can also join our Facebook Group: CANSA Survivors – Champions of Hope where you can meet other cancer Survivors – the members of this group will help support you & you in turn may inspire them! We also have a group for Caregivers. Ask your Caregiver to join our Facebook Group: CANSA Caring for the Caregivers.

Find more online support resources / groups here…

Helping You Cope with Side Effects of Treatment:

Read more about the our care & support services that we can offer you & your loved ones at our CANSA Care Centres and CANSA Care Homes. This includes counselling; support groups; stoma, wigs; medical equipment hire; breast prostheses and specialised bras; community home based care; palliative in-patient facilities and cancer screening services for annual check-ups or if there is a concern.

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 – this is a confidential, professional, cancer-related telephonic counselling service 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.

CANSA is committed to connecting people facing cancer with information, day-to-day help as well as emotional support they need in the communities where they live. Our aim is to ensure that cancer Survivors and their loved ones don’t have to face cancer alone; we’re here to support them through every step of their cancer journey.*

* The responsibility rests with patients to contact CANSA for assistance. CANSA is not informed of any diagnoses / of patients being treated at medical centres. Family need to obtain permission from patients, before CANSA may contact them. Read more…

Share Your Story of Hope

You have the power to encourage and inspire a fellow cancer patient by sharing your cancer journey – share your story of Hope…

Who Cares for Cancer Patients’ Caregivers?

International Cancer Survivors Day is celebrated during June, placing the spotlight not only on cancer survivors, but also their caregivers…

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Published: 6 June 2024
Updated: 6 June 2024
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, CANSA Highlights, Caregiving and Cancer, I have Cancer, Media Releases & News, Men's Health, Women's Health

Interview with Roulene Bonthuys, Mrs South Africa CANSA Ambassador

Meet Roulene Bonthuys, Mrs South Africa CANSA Ambassador and cervical cancer Survivor…

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Published: 25 April 2024
Updated: 30 May 2024
Categories: Beyond Diagnosis & Treatment, I have Cancer, Stories of Hope, Women's Health

Cancer Webinar Series – Let us talk about two “odd ball” cancers: Non-Hodgkins lymphoma and Testicular cancer (23 April 2024)

The third instalment of this webinar series addressing “odd ball” cancers: Non-Hodgkins lymphoma and Testicular cancer.

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Published: 21 April 2024
Updated: 24 April 2024
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, About Cancer, Advocacy, CANSA Webinars, I have Cancer, Men's Health, Women's Health

Cancer Webinar Series – Diagnosed With Cancer? What Are The Treatment Modalities (20 March 2024)

The second instalment of this webinar series addressing treatment modalities for cancer patients.

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Published: 18 March 2024
Updated: 26 March 2024
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, About Cancer, Advocacy, CANSA Webinars, I have Cancer, Men's Health, Women's Health

Please Complete 2024 Global Patient Survey for Lymphoma / CLL Patients and Caregivers

Calling on all Lymphoma / CLL patients and their caregivers to complete the Lymphoma Coalition’s 2024 Global Patient Survey on Lymphomas and CLL. Your input will result in better care globally for people living with Lymphoma / CLL. Thanks in advance for your support!

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Published: 16 February 2024
Updated: 29 February 2024
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, Advocacy, Caregiving and Cancer, I have Cancer, Types of cancer

Cancer Webinar Series – A Fresh View of Cancer (27 Feb 2024)

The webinar series will launch on 27 February 2024 from 09 00 to 11 30. Topics covered during the series will include: what is cancer; cancer myths; metastatic nature of cancer; bypass of apoptotic process; risk factors; staging of cancer; relationship between staging and treatment…

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Published: 12 February 2024
Updated: 19 March 2024
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, About Cancer, Advocacy, CANSA Webinars, I have Cancer, Men's Health, Women's Health

Comedy Central’s Novemballs Campaign: A Hilarious Mission to Protect Your Precious Jewels

Comedy Central, the brand that makes life funnier, is proud to announce the return of its award-winning cancer-awareness campaign, Novemballs! As a brand that always strives to tell the funny truths, Comedy Central is taking this opportunity to spotlight the importance of “taking care of your balls”. Comedy Central has teamed up with CANSA to bring you Novemballs, a testicular cancer awareness campaign to educate men about lowering their cancer risk…

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Published: 7 November 2023
Updated: 8 December 2023
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, Advocacy, I have Cancer, Media Releases & News, Men's Health

Renel Le Roux and Zanele Mkhwanazi Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) survivors Share their Journey

Two Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) survivors share their journey as we mark International Metastatic Breast Cancer Day…

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Published: 13 October 2023
Updated: 31 October 2023
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, Caregiving and Cancer, I have Cancer, Types of cancer, Women's Health

Impact of Breast Cancer on Mental Health

Breast cancer affects many South African women being the most common among women in the country. Prioritising mental well-being can make the breast cancer journey more manageable. CANSA understands this and offers counselling services and support groups to support cancer survivors and caregivers emotionally.

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Published: 28 September 2023
Updated: 31 October 2023
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, Caregiving and Cancer, I have Cancer, Media Releases & News, Women's Health

Casting Light on Lymphoma: Understanding a Stealthy Disease

CANSA marks World Lymphoma Day on 15 September, raising awareness of lymphoma, a cancer impacting thousands of lives.  This annual event highlights the importance of early detection, advancements in treatment, and the determined spirit of individuals living with lymphoma head-on. Chantel Memziwe, a cancer survivor, shares a remarkable tale of courage and resilience, when getting Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (NHL). Diagnosed twice with this cancer, first in 2017 with stage 4 NHL, Chantel’s journey symbolises unwavering determination…

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Published: 13 September 2023
Updated: 8 December 2023
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, Caregiving and Cancer, I have Cancer, Men's Health, Types of cancer, Women's Health

Chantel Memziwe NHL Survivor Outrunning Cancer – Perseverance Leads to Triumph

Chantel Memziwe is a determined lady! Never letting her cancer diagnosis or treatment get the best of her, she kept pursuing her love of running and achieving the goals she had set for herself. We are so fortunate that she is one of our CANSA Active Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Ambassadors for 2023. Chantel is also a member of our Facebook Support group for cancer patients and loved ones, Champions of Hope. Read her remarkable story of perseverance…

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Published: 13 September 2023
Updated: 29 September 2023
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, Beyond Diagnosis & Treatment, I have Cancer, Stories of Hope, Women's Health

Preserving Hope: Fertility Discussions for Female Cancer Patients

CANSA highlights the impact of a cancer diagnosis on women, regarding fertility. Discussions about preserving fertility should happen before cancer surgery or treatments begin. Many women reported limited information received from healthcare providers about the impact of cancer treatment on their future fertility.

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Published: 7 August 2023
Updated: 31 August 2023
Categories: Beyond Diagnosis & Treatment, I have Cancer, Media Releases & News, Women's Health

Putting the Care in CANSA Care Month

CANSA celebrates CANSA Care Month in August to highlight its service offerings. We highlight our new CANSA Information and Support Desks at public hospitals, run by staff and trained volunteers. CANSA also developed a series of ‘Coping with Cancer’ posters in English, Afrikaans, seSotho, seTswana, isiXhosa, isiZulu.

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Published: 7 August 2023
Updated: 21 September 2023
Categories: I have Cancer, Media Releases & News, Men's Health, Women's Health

Your Goodwill Legacy is in Your Hands

Nelson Mandela International Day (18 July) allows reflection on Madiba’s values and principles and to choose to make a positive impact on communities. CANSA invites everyone to support a CANSA Care Home to give patients an opportunity to be treated at oncology centres, who are otherwise too far away from these centres to receive treatment…

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Published: 5 August 2023
Updated: 31 August 2023
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, I have Cancer, Media Releases & News

Ons Plaas die Sorg in KANSA Sorgmaand

KANSA vier gedurende Augustus KANSA se ondersteuningsaanbiedinge. Ons lig die nuwe KANSA Inligtings- en Ondersteuningstoonbanke by sommige openbare hospitale uit wat deur personeel en opgeleide vrywilligers behartig word. KANSA het verder ’n reeks ‘Verwerking van Kanker’-plakkate ontwikkel wat beskikbaar is in Engels, Afrikaans, seSotho, seTswana, isiXhosa, isiZulu

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Published: 3 August 2023
Updated: 24 August 2023
Categories: Cope with Cancer, I have Cancer, Media Releases & News, Men's Health, Women's Health

Bewaar Hoop: Gesprekke met Vroue Kankerpasiënte oor Vrugbaarheid

KANSA vestig die kollig op die impak van ’n kankerdiagnose op vroue, met betrekking tot vrugbaarheid. Kanker en die behandeling daarvan kan soms ’n vrou se vermoë om kinders te hê affekteer. Dit is beter dat gesprekke oor vrugbaarheidsbewaring plaasvind voordat kankeroperasies of -behandeling begin.

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Published: 31 July 2023
Updated: 1 August 2023
Categories: I have Cancer, Media Releases & News, Women's Health

Journal for Women with Cancer to Benefit CANSA

Wilderness to Wellness proudly announces its partnership with CANSA through the sales of its Journal aimed at women living with cancer as part of International Cancer Survivors’ month in June.

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Published: 23 June 2023
Updated: 4 August 2023
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, I have Cancer, Media Releases & News, Women's Health

Wilderness to Wellness – A Journal for Women with Cancer to Benefit CANSA

CANSA will receive 20% of the profit from the sale of Wilderness to Wellness journals for women with cancer…

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Published: 22 June 2023
Updated: 23 June 2023
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, I have Cancer, Our Cause Related Marketing Partners, Women's Health

Love Shack SA Branded Cancer Awareness T-shirts & Mugs to Benefit CANSA

The Love Shack SA will donate R20 from the sale of every cancer awareness T-shirt sold, and R7,50 per standard mug and R9,50 per magic mug sold…

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Published: 2 June 2023
Updated: 2 June 2023
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme, Caregiving and Cancer, Fundraising Events & Projects, I have Cancer, No Alcohol, Our Cause Related Marketing Partners, Women's Health

CANSA BMSF Multiple Myeloma Programme

What is Multiple Myeloma? Multiple Myeloma is a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. Healthy plasma cells help fight infections by making antibodies that recognise and attack germs. Cancerous plasma cells accumulate in the bone marrow and crowd out healthy blood cells. Rather than produce helpful antibodies, […]

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Published: 3 May 2023
Updated: 15 June 2023
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, Advocacy, I have Cancer, Types of cancer

CANSA Ask The Expert Virtual Support Group – 26 April 2023

Join our virtual support group – on 26 April 2023 – where guest speaker, Dr Kerry-Ann Louw discusses depression and anxiety.

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Published: 21 April 2023
Updated: 30 May 2023
Categories: A Loved One has Cancer, CANSA Webinars, Caregiving and Cancer, I have Cancer, Men's Health, Women's Health

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