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Specialist Care & Treatment

Stoma Care & Support

It can take a while for a patient to get used to living with a stoma, so it is important to seek support.

What is a Stoma?

If a patient has a colostomy or ileostomy operation as part of treatment, the end of the bowel is brought out into an opening on the abdomen. The opening is referred to as a stoma.

Stoma types include: colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy.

Some people have a temporary colostomy (an artificial opening into the colon), made during their treatment for bowel cancer. The colostomy is closed a few months later when the bowel has fully healed.

Some people have a permanent colostomy or ileostomy (artificial opening into the ilium or small bowel).

CANSA offers pre- and post-operative counselling, as well as support groups via our stoma clinics and specially trained nursing staff. Incontinence advice is given to patients & families and they are empowered with coping skills to deal with living with a stoma day-to-day.

Purchase Stoma Products

Stoma bags and linen savers can be purchased at reduced prices at most local CANSA Care Centres. CANSA provides stock of the biggest stoma brands and guarantees the lowest prices, professional assistance and speedy delivery.

NB: Where a CANSA Care Centre is not equipped to provide the above-mentioned service, patients will be referred to reliable service providers in their local community.

Our CANSA Stoma Clinics may be contacted for advice:

  • CANSA Bloemfontein Care Centre – Tel: 051 444 2580, address: 88 Melville Drive, Brandwag, Bloemfontein
  • CANSA Cape Metro Care Centre – Tel: 021 689 5347, address: 37A Main Road, Mowbray
  • CANSA Durban Care Centre – Tel: 031 205 9525, address: 619 Umbilo Rd, Durban
  • CANSA Pretoria Care Centre – Tel: 012 329 3036, address: 32 Lys Street, Rietfontein

Stoma Care

The colostomy bag is designed to stick onto the abdomen where it collects the faeces and flatus from the stoma. It is waterproof so one can wear it while showering or bathing.

Most colostomy bags have several special features including a filter – which works by releasing flatus so the bag does not inflate (which is called ‘ballooning’).

The filter also has a deodorising action to make sure there is no smell, which is one of the things people worry about the most.

Fact Sheets:

It’s NOT the End of the Road

Faizel Jacobs, cancer Survivor, with support from CANSA and stoma nurses, is able to live life to the full:

Queries CANSA

Contact your local CANSA Care Centre for support and find additional resources for cancer Survivors (anyone who has heard the words ‘you have cancer’).


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