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 effects and to give them peace of mind. We’re so thankful to B-well for partnering with us on this project and to Megan Pentz-Kluyts for their guidance and input to create this user-friendly resource.
Megan Pentz-Kluyts, CANSA’s Nutrition and Dietetics consultant, also involved with the CANSA Seal of Recognition Programme says, “Nutritional care is an essential part of a successful paediatric or adult oncology treatment protocol. This booklet deals with coping tips for a variety of symptoms often experienced, including nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, a poor appetite, dealing with corticosteroid treatment, managing bacteria-free isolation diets and pathogens associated with food.”
The printed booklets, sponsored by B-well, have been made available for free at all CANSA TLC facilities country-wide.
Download Booklet: ‘Understanding a Child’s Dietary Needs When They are Diagnosed with Cancer’
CANSA collaborated with partners, PALPRAC (The Association of Palliative Care Practitioners of South Africa), Umduduzi Children’s Hospice and Patch, who are experts in the field to create a useful booklet ‘CANSA At Home Guide for Children with Pain’.
It’s devastating to see your child in pain. This booklet will give you practical tools to help your child identify where they experience pain and the intensity of the pain, in order for medical practitioners to assist more effectively. No cancer patient need be in pain – pain can be managed with the proper guidance and support.
Download Booklet: CANSA At Home Guide for Children with Pain
Contact Anina Meiring firstname.lastname@example.org regarding management of pain or other side effects of cancer or cancer treatment.