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Specialist Care & Treatment

Helping You Cope With Treatment

Helping You Cope With Treatment

COVID-19 Alert: CANSA will continue supporting patients virtually via our online support platforms, Toll Free Call Centre 0800 22 66 22 and our WhatsApp lines which are 072 197 9305 English and Afrikaans / 071 867 3530 Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho and Siswati. A list of staff on call during the nationwide lockdown will also be posted on the CANSA website.

Furthermore, CANSA may be contacted via our social media platforms:

Please contact your nearest CANSA Care Centre for support and find additional information regarding cancer treatment and coping with cancer

Specialist care offered at our CANSA Care Centres involves addressing complications resulting from cancer treatment – specifically stoma and lymphoedema.

Stoma Care

We offer pre- and post-operative counselling. Incontinence advice and coping skills are given to patients and families.  We also offer the sale of cost effective stoma products. Read more about our stoma support service…

Lymphoedema Treatment

We currently have specially trained Lymphoedema Therapists offering Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) to manage the symptoms of patients affected by Lymphoedema, at the CANSA Cape Metro and CANSA George Care Centres.

Queries regarding Lymphoedema treatment offered elsewhere in the country, may be referred to our therapists at these Care Centres.

CDT treatment includes manual lymph drainage, compression bandaging, special exercise, as well as skin and nail care.

Home-based Care

Home-based care is a collaboration between professional CANSA staff members and the community, aimed at empowering communities to take ownership of their own health and care for their patients.

Through the mobilisation of role players, resources and volunteers, patients receive cost-effective, quality home-based care including therapeutic and rehabilitative care, long-term maintenance and palliative care.

This service focuses on appropriate care and comfort, access to health and support facilities, volunteers and the participation of family members.

Assistive Devices & Medical Loan Equipment

CANSA supports patients by lending or helping them to obtain assistive devices & equipment to help them cope with cancer treatment and after surgery. This includes:

  • wigs – if you wish to donate your hair to make a wig, read more…
  • breast prostheses (sold at some Care Centres)
  • hospital beds (at certain Care Centres)
  • walking frames
  • wheelchairs
  • bath chairs
  • commodes
  • egg-shell mattresses
  • sheep skins
  • other aids
  • patients can purchase stoma bags, linen savers and supplements at reduced prices

Has Cancer Touched Your Life?

Cancer affects one in four South Africans, through diagnosis of family, friends, colleagues or self.

We want you to know that you are not alone and that we would like to support you and your loved ones, regardless of how cancer has touched your life.

Find info & online resources to help you fight cancer and please read more about CANSA’s Holistic Care & Support which is offered at our CANSA Care Centres countrywide.


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