CANSA's Holistic Cancer Care & Support

Surviving cancer with CANSA’s iSurvivor

Surviving cancer with CANSA’s iSurvivor

iSurvivor Programme30 May 2013: June marks International Cancer Survivor’s Day and CANSA wants to encourage celebrating life with survivors and their families with a special day filled with hope, support and nurturing.  CANSA will also be launching its new e-online iSurvivor programme which is the first of its kind in the world, using short, weekly emails to guide cancer survivors along their journey and help survivors cope better, visit –

We know how scary and stressful a cancer diagnosis can be resulting in a whole new set of questions and challenges. Our iSurvivor programme is a free e-mail based course written by a cancer survivor to help other survivors cope better. Often survivors, upon diagnosis, are not really prepared and although there are plenty of good resources available, it can be daunting to find your way through them. Also, survivors need different types of support at different times of their journey,” says Sue Janse van Rensburg, CANSA’s CEO and cancer survivor herself of nearly 30 years.

She adds, “We aim to empower survivors to fight back during their cancer journey.  Our CANSA iSurvivor is a manageable guide with all the helpful resources available such as health information, where the nearest CANSA Care Centre is, how to lead a balanced lifestyle and to reduce the risk of recurrence of cancer or where to find counselling and support.” Read more about our Holistic Care & Support here…

CANSA staff and trained volunteers continue to help cancer survivors and their family and friends at 30 CANSA Care Centres country-wide. This includes offering stoma support and lymphoedema management; medical equipment hire; a toll-free line and support to those affected by cancer; patient care and support in the form of 12 CANSA Care Homes in the main metropolitan areas for out-of-town cancer patients plus one hospitium based in Polokwane, as well as CANSA-TLC lodging for parents and guardians of children undergoing cancer treatment.   Read more about our CANSA Care Homes and read more about TLC, youth and families affected by cancer.

“Our revised CancerCare Coping Kit (2 audio CDs) is great for anyone recently diagnosed with cancer, as it provides information and practical tips to promote physical, emotional and mental well-being before and during treatment – in short, helping you and your loved ones cope with cancer.  Just like iSurvivor, the kits contain advice from cancer survivors who know just how difficult it really is to cope with cancer,” concluded Janse van Rensburg. Read more about our kits here.

CANSA encourages all survivors to get going right now and visit  to become part of the iSurvivor programme, or visit for more information.

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  • esai says:

    Dear care advisor

    Please could you kindly advise the nearest CANSA Care Centre in Lenasia, that can assist with a
    73 year old uncle of mine who has being diagnosed with rectal cancer which has now spread to the lungs. He is having difficulty in breathing and we urgently seek your assistance as to where to obtain an oxygen cyclinder that could help with his breathing.
    Thanking you in advance.

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Dear Esai

      I am sad to hear that your uncle is ill. Please contact the Soweto CANSA Care Centre (Southern Gauteng): 011-935 1295 for assistance regarding the oxygen cylinder to help your uncle with his breathing.

  • I am a cancer survivor, having had prostrate cancer in 2005. I had an operation in February 2006, had no chemo and have since moved from the UK to South Africa where I am building my career as a musician – a dream which I could not fulfil before.

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