I have Cancer
Whether you have recently been diagnosed with cancer or whether you are a veteran who has undergone the rigours of treatment, or if you are now in remission, CANSA considers you a cancer Survivor.
We want you to know that you are not alone and that we would like to support you and your loved ones. As you face your cancer diagnosis, learn to live with and through this disease and even beyond it, we would like to inspire hope and courage in you and empower you with the information you need to take control of your life.
Helping You Deal with Your Cancer Diagnosis:
What is Cancer Booklet
CancerCare Coping Kit
A cancer diagnosis is very stressful. You have so many questions and it may feel as if your world has turned upside down. Help is at hand with our CancerCare Coping Kit Audio-Programme.
Through this audio-programme, we hope to equip you with practical tools for use in your daily life and to provide your family members & caregivers with information and knowledge, to make this journey easier.
You will learn more about the following:
- What is cancer, its treatment & side effects?
- Emotional reactions to a cancer diagnosis & the importance of communication
- Cancer & nutrition
- Celebrating life & living positively with cancer
We’d like to introduce you to Aunt Sophia. She has a wealth of information & practical tips to share with you.
Sign up for our iSurvivor email-based support programme and she’ll send you weekly emails to inspire & encourage you – no charge – she’s a cancer Survivor herself, so she knows what a rollercoaster ride this cancer journey can be!
Online Support Resources
- Cancer Facts
- Survivorship & Cancer Fact Sheet
- Cancer & Mental Health Fact Sheet
- Position Statement Rights of Patients & Caregivers
- Top Dietary Tips
- Nutritious Recipes
- Fact Sheets “Coping with Cancer”
You can also join our Facebook Group: CANSA Survivors – Champions of Hope where you can meet other cancer Survivors – the members of this group will help support you & you in turn may inspire them! We also have a group for Caregivers. Ask your Caregiver to join our Facebook Group: CANSA Caring for the Caregivers.
Helping You Cope with Side Effects of Treatment:
Read more about the our care & support services that we can offer you & your loved ones at our CANSA Care Centres and CANSA Care Homes. This includes counselling; support groups; wound care; stoma, lymphoedema and incontinence support; wigs; medical equipment hire; breast prostheses and specialised bras; community home based care; palliative in-patient facilities and cancer screening services for annual check-ups or if there is a concern.
CANSA is committed to connecting people facing cancer with information, day-to-day help as well as emotional support they need in the communities where they live. Our aim is to ensure that cancer Survivors and their loved ones don’t have to face cancer alone; we’re here to support them through every step of their cancer journey.*
* The responsibility rests with patients to contact CANSA for assistance. CANSA is not informed of any diagnoses / of patients being treated at medical centres. Family need to obtain permission from patients, before CANSA may contact them. Read more…
CANSA highlights its service offering to cancer patients, caregivers and loved ones, in particular regarding coping with a diagnosis as well as managing side effects of cancer treatment, whether physical, or psychological. An important aspect of this includes providing patients with dietary guidelines and advice before, during and after treatment.
Posted on 10 Jul 2019
Find useful dietary tips to cope with side effects of treatment in our slideshow…
Posted on 9 Jul 2019
Affordable, nutritious recipes for cancer patients dealing with the side effects of cancer treatment…
Posted on 8 Jul 2019
Loss of appetite is a very common problem. There are many reasons for this, including the cancer itself, treatment, your emotional well-being (e.g. depression), pain and other side effects, like nausea. Find tips to help you cope…
Posted on 7 Jul 2019
Diarrhoea is the passing of loose stools (not formed and watery) frequently (more than three times a day). The food moves through the gut too quickly and does not get a chance to be digested or absorbed. Find tips to help you cope…
Posted on 6 Jul 2019
Unfortunately, many pain medications, especially the ones for severe pain (e.g. morphine); can cause constipation, which is the opposite of diarrhoea. The stools are hard, and difficult and painful to pass. Find tips to help you cope…
Posted on 5 Jul 2019
Battling with nausea is a common side effect of cancer treatment and can be addressed with drugs called antiemetics, which are usually taken before treatment to help control nausea and vomiting. Find tips to help you cope…
Posted on 4 Jul 2019
Infinity Care is a nappy brand which is manufactured in South Africa and complies with the relevant National and International Standards. It is the first of its kind in the industry to have been awarded the CANSA Smart Choice Seal by the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), which has deemed products to be free of all known carcinogens and / or hormone disruptors. The nappies are comfortable and affordably priced, and are made to suit the users’ needs, improving quality of life, dignity, health, and care & support of cancer patients. The company offers a range of Adult Incontinence, Baby Disposable Nappies, Wet Wipes, and Under Pads / and Linen Savers. All products are available at CANSA’s Care Centres countrywide from 1st July 2019.
Posted on 21 Jan 2019
Breast prostheses, mastectomy bras & lymphoedema products now available at all CANSA Care Centres through new M Store partnership. To celebrate this new partnership in the month of February, patients claiming from their medical aid will receive a third mastectomy bra free. (Medical aid patients automatically qualify for a breast prosthesis and 2 mastectomy bras under their prosthesis benefit). Cash paying patients purchasing the standard package of a breast prosthesis and mastectomy bra will get a second bra free. T’s & C’s apply.
Posted on 20 Jan 2019
CANSA provides home-from-home accommodation to patients undergoing cancer treatment at oncology clinics far from their homes. Meet cancer Survivors making use of our facilities, as you join us on a tour of our CANSA Eikehof Care Home, and find the CANSA Care Home closest to your treatment centre…
Posted on 14 Jun 2018
Word For Word Media, the publishers of Buddies For Life and Oncology Buddies, present THE BIG C SURVIVOR’S GUIDE. Your annual comprehensive directory of all the information that you, the patient and / or family, seek out. It is the first of its kind in South Africa.
Posted on 13 Jun 2018
Read the latest publications online at www.buddiesforlife.co.za which focus on breast cancer and Oncology Buddies (included in each Buddies for Life publication) which caters for awareness of other cancers and the various support groups. The focus of the publication is on awareness, education and support of cancer Survivors.
Posted on 12 Jun 2018
International Cancer Survivors’ Day, Sunday, 3 June 2018 – CANSA recognises the importance of support groups for Survivors that offer a caring community, and we encourage them to join a local CANSA Support Group, or CANSA’s online support groups. Benefits of belonging to a support group include experiencing a sense of belonging, having access to information, referral to support services, knowledge of patient rights and a positive outlook…
Posted on 11 Jun 2018
VIDEO: Today, more people are living after a cancer diagnosis than dying from it. Cancer CAN be BEATEN! Contact your local CANSA Care Centre for support…
Posted on 16 May 2017
CANSA is proud to announce our collaboration with Wealth Stone Group (Pty) Ltd. Wealth Stone set out to source an offering that provides you and your family financial peace of mind should you be affected by cancer. Wealth Stone mandated Alpha Cube Capital (Pty) Ltd to develop a cancer product – My Cancer Cover, a product underwritten by Sanlam, and designed for you.
Posted on 15 May 2017
There are an increasing number of therapies available to help those living with cancer. One of these is equine therapy. Horses make great companions and their calming effect can help to reduce stress in patients dealing with cancer and the effects of their gruelling treatment.
Posted on 23 Mar 2017
The International Kidney Cancer Coalition (IKCC), on which CANSA’s Head of Health, Prof Michael Herbst serves as a board member, today announced the launch of a new internet platform “10-for-IO” – Ten for immuno-oncology (IO) – offering comprehensive information about immuno-oncology (IO), with a specific focus on kidney cancer.
Posted on 25 Sep 2015
The purpose of International (2 June) & National Cancer Survivors’ Day (7 June) is to honour cancer Survivors and also caregivers, family, friends and healthcare personnel who support them during their cancer journey. It is also a time to bring attention to the issues cancer Survivors face. Cancer Survivor Nick Hagemeier shares some heartfelt insights re Survivorship…
Posted on 1 Jun 2015
CANSA collaborates with partners to support awareness of, and access to, cancer related SA Clinical Trials. CANSA will post regularly updated information on this post regarding trials currently taking place in South Africa.
Posted on 3 Jan 2015
Changes in your hair can affect how you feel about yourself. For some people this change is one of the worst parts of their treatment. It is understandable that you might not want to wait to dye your hair, but take this information into account before you take the plunge.
Posted on 10 Oct 2013