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Current News & Highlights


Cancer Risks at Work

During the month of July, CANSA places the spotlight on identifying potential hazards in the workplace, providing information on occupational carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) and offering solutions on managing and reducing the risk of cancer in the workplace…

Take #ActionAgainstPoverty this Nelson Mandela Day

Many South Africans live in poverty and having cancer on top of that is a difficult situation that many cancer patients find themselves in. One way that we can help ease this burden is to encourage companies and people to assist by putting together some ‘Care kits or packages’ for our Care Homes. We need food, toiletries and general items to help support our cancer patients…






Why is the Cost of Oncology Drugs so High?

CANSA’s Advocacy Team responds: Oncology drugs are undoubtedly one of the biggest cost drivers in healthcare today. The advent of biologics or targeted treatments has been a notable evolution in the oncology treatment paradigm, with the greatest downside coming from the significant costs associated with these drugs. The high drug costs are multi-factorial…






SAHRC Acts to Protect Cancer Patient’s Rights to Adequate Healthcare

CANSA welcomes the South African Human Rights Commission’s actions towards protecting cancer patients’ rights to adequate healthcare, and has been actively lobbying with partners for the same outcome…






Competition Commission Investigating Pharmaceutical Companies for Cancer Medicine Prices

The South African Competition Commission has recently announced that they will be conducting an investigation into pharmaceutical companies and the exhorbitant prices of cancer medicines. CANSA is playing an active part in the process of influencing and amending the Patent law.






CANSA Interview with CNN re SA’s Cancer Doctor Shortage Crisis

Jacqueline Howard, Feature Writer, for CNN Health & Wellness, interviewed Dr Melissa Wallace, the Cancer Association of South Africa’s (CANSA) Head of Research, regarding the crisis unfolding in KZN: the last public health radiation oncologist in Durban, South Africa, quit last week. Now, experts worry that cancer patients unable to afford private care will suffer…






CANSA Care Homes – “It Feels like Home”

CANSA offers a wide range of support and care services to cancer patients and their families. One such support service are our CANSA Care Homes, of which there are 11 across South Africa, in main metropolitan areas. They provide a home-away-from-home environment, offering accommodation to patients undergoing cancer treatment on an out-patient basis, at treatment facilities far from their homes.






South African Clinical Oncology Trials

CANSA and Quintiles are collaborating to support awareness of, and access to, cancer related SA Clinical Trials. To this end, CANSA will post regularly updated information on this post regarding trials currently taking place in South Africa.






Write on our Wall – July 2017

CANSA would like to know what your concerns and point of view are. Do you have something you would like to share? Please note that these comments will be public, should they be approved, or you will receive a response via email.






CANSA Calendar 2017
FOCUS OF THE MONTH

85 years of working towards a world without cancer

Raise funds for CANSA Active at your next sporting event

Raise funds for CANSA at your next sporting event!

Donate your hair for Wigs

Donate Your Hair to make wigs for cancer patients!


Hubbly Bubbly increases cancer risk


Take action against smoking law breakers