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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…

CANSA Committed to Cervical Cancer Awareness & Support

CANSA launches its Cervical Cancer Awareness and Support Campaign on International Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Day on 4 March 2021. HPV is the primary cause of cervical cancer in women, resulting in 300 000 deaths due to cervical cancer globally per annum.

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Published: 3 Mar 2021 | Last Updated: 30 Apr 2021
Categories: Advocacy, CANSA Highlights, I have Cancer, Media Releases & News, Women's Health

Lerato Monyatsi – Summiting the Mountain called Colon Cancer

Vibrant Lerato Monyatsi shares how she is climbing her way to victory over colon cancer…

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Published: 19 Feb 2021 | Last Updated: 10 Mar 2021
Categories: I have Cancer, Stories of Hope

Cape Times in Conversation with John Owens and Prostate Cancer Survivor via Facebook – 30 November 2020

Join the Cape Times in conversation with CANSA Ambassador and former Mr South Africa, John Owens, with David Pasipanodya, a prostate cancer Survivor and author of ‘Winning Attitudes’ via Facebook 30 November 16:00

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Published: 27 Nov 2020 | Last Updated: 9 Mar 2021
Categories: CANSA Webinars, I have Cancer, Men's Health

Facebook Virtual Round Table Discussion with Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients 28 October 2020

A virtual round table discussion featuring metastatic breast cancer patients with CANSA and guests, facilitated by Dr Brenda Kubheka, will take place live on CANSA’s Facebook page on Wednesday, 28 October, 18:00 to 19:00…

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Published: 26 Oct 2020 | Last Updated: 9 Mar 2021
Categories: CANSA Webinars, I have Cancer, Women's Health

Facebook Live Session – Living with Breast Cancer

CANSA wants to encourage women with breast cancer to know that they are not alone, they can get through these challenging times and live a full and productive life.

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Published: 22 Oct 2020 | Last Updated: 9 Mar 2021
Categories: CANSA Webinars, I have Cancer, Women's Health

Online Support to Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients

CANSA launches its iSurvivor Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) email support programme as part of breast cancer awareness month in October. In addition to existing online support offerings and ground level support programmes for cancer patients, this programme is aimed at assisting and helping mostly MBC patients with their experienced challenges.

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Published: 22 Oct 2020 | Last Updated: 30 Apr 2021
Categories: CANSA Highlights, I have Cancer, Media Releases & News, Women's Health

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

Radio Interview Tongue Cancer

Prof Michael Herbst unpacks some of the risk factors for tongue cancer. He also shares some insight as to why the incidence of tongue cancer is on the rise, especially amongst women.

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Published: 16 Oct 2020 | Last Updated: 11 Mar 2021
Categories: I have Cancer

Free Webinar Series: Cancer Dojo Talks by Conn Bertish Sponsored by Sanlam

Join cancer survivor & founder of Cancer Dojo, Conn Bertish for the first of his eight free webinars from September to November for cancer warriors sponsored by CANSA’s partner, Sanlam aimed at cancer survivors, patients and caregivers.

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Published: 29 Sep 2020 | Last Updated: 10 Mar 2021
Categories: Beyond Diagnosis & Treatment, CANSA Webinars, I have Cancer

Tips to Cope When Your Cancer has Spread

Dr Inge Kriel an oncology care physician practicing at Netcare Milpark Hospital says that learning that your cancer has spread can be devastating. Dr Kriel provides the following tips to those coping with a diagnosis of metastatic cancer…

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Published: 28 Sep 2020 | Last Updated: 9 Mar 2021
Categories: Beyond Diagnosis & Treatment, I have Cancer, Men's Health, Women's Health

Mum Please Help Me Die Book to Benefit CANSA

Thy Cameron recalls the moving story of her daughter Shirley, whose battle with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) led her to experience God in a new and profound way. CANSA will receive 25% from the sale of a book purchased.

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Published: 11 Sep 2020 | Last Updated: 10 Mar 2021
Categories: I have Cancer, Our Cause Related Marketing Partners

CANSA Tele Counselling Launch Webinar

CANSA is proud to have launched their Tele Counselling service which will give people affected by cancer the opportunity to get remote counselling – especially needed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Published: 10 Sep 2020 | Last Updated: 10 Mar 2021
Categories: Beyond Diagnosis & Treatment, CANSA Webinars, I have Cancer

Video: Lymphoedema – Deep Breathing and Lymph Drainage Exercises with Nicole Fuller

Nicole Fuller, Oncology Patient Navigator, breast cancer exercise recovery specialist and motivational speaker shares an introduction to Lymphoedema for breast cancer patients, with deep breathing and lymph drainage exercises.

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Published: 25 Aug 2020 | Last Updated: 9 Mar 2021
Categories: CANSA Webinars, I have Cancer, Women's Health

Metastatic Melanoma Webinar with CANSA

CANSA partnered with colleagues and friends from Rare Diseases South Africa to discuss what patients and the public should know about Metastatic #Melanoma.

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Published: 25 Aug 2020 | Last Updated: 9 Mar 2021
Categories: CANSA Webinars, I have Cancer, SunSmart

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

Facebook Live Session Encourages Breast Cancer Survivors

As part of our #CANSACares series in #WomenMonth, a Facebook LIVE session aimed at #breastcancer survivors was held on Friday, 7 August 2020. Watch session…

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Published: 6 Aug 2020 | Last Updated: 9 Mar 2021
Categories: Beyond Diagnosis & Treatment, CANSA Webinars, I have Cancer, Women's Health

Cancer Patients Thank CANSA Against Backdrop of COVID-19 Pandemic

CANSA has been hard at work to keep patients and loved ones supported during lockdown. Some of our patients and loved ones share how we have helped them recently and during lockdown.

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Published: 29 Jun 2020 | Last Updated: 10 Mar 2021
Categories: CANSA Care Centres, CANSA Eastern Cape, CANSA Free State, CANSA Gauteng, CANSA Highlights, CANSA KwaZulu-Natal, CANSA Limpopo, CANSA Mpumalanga, CANSA North West, CANSA Northern Cape, CANSA Western Cape, I have Cancer

Xylon van Eyck – Facebook Live Session – ‘Reimagining and cancer’

CANSA was honoured to host ‘Reimagining and cancer’ featuring cancer survivor Xylon Van Eyck with Mentor and Life Coach Sean Daly on a Facebook Live session on Friday 26 June 2020. This was the latest in a series of lunchtime webinars hosted on CANSA’s Facebook Page, with the aim of featuring speakers who can offer information and advice to help cancer patients and those affected by cancer.

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Published: 25 Jun 2020 | Last Updated: 10 Mar 2021
Categories: Beyond Diagnosis & Treatment, CANSA Webinars, I have Cancer

Cancer Dojo Encourages Resilience in Cancer Patients during COVID-19 with Free App

South Africans are resilient and, when times get tough, they come together to assist others in need. But, during these uncertain times, the most vulnerable require our support more than ever. As such, Cancer Dojo, an award-winning mobile app and organisation dedicated to helping cancer patients better deal with their recovery, is on a mission to empower those who are now also facing the challenges of COVID-19. To do this Cancer Dojo, in partnership with The Sanlam Group, has enabled its Cansa.org approved app to be entirely free for the months of May and June 2020.

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Published: 17 Jun 2020 | Last Updated: 30 Jun 2020
Categories: Cope with Cancer, I have Cancer

CANSA Asks Survivors to Share the Good News & to Pay it Forward

CANSA has continued to provide vital services to cancer patients during lockdown and invites those who have benefitted from its support services to ‘pay it forward’ this International Survivors’ month (June), by sharing how CANSA has helped them and making a donation to support the organisation.

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Published: 7 Jun 2020 | Last Updated: 30 Apr 2021
Categories: CANSA Care Centres, I have Cancer, Media Releases & News

Ricardo Warrior – WarriorRic to Inspire & Motivate on Instagram

CANSA is excited to host Ricardo Warrior: WarriorRic (aka Ricardo Gressel), set to motivate those affected by cancer. The theme was ‘ Getting to Know Ourselves Better through Lockdown for a Better Post-COVID World’.  Watch the video at this link on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CAccIpxHPHw/?igshid=1l4emqqq0819 This will be the second session in a series of regular, weekly […]

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Published: 19 May 2020 | Last Updated: 10 Mar 2021
Categories: Beyond Diagnosis & Treatment, CANSA Webinars, I have Cancer

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