COVID-19 – What Cancer Patients Need to Know
26 March 2020 – In the interest of cancer patients and Survivors, amid the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus, CANSA is releasing information to help keep patients and survivors safe, and providing online support through the CANSA website, social media platforms and staff on call. (View information and infographic)
Elize Joubert, CANSA Chief Executive Officer says, “Cancer patients and survivors are among those at higher risk of serious illness from an infection because their immune systems are often weakened. It’s important that we educate on what can be done to lower their risk for the virus, and on what to do if they should contract it. We also want them to know that they are not alone, despite the imminent 21-day lockdown (27 March to 16 April 2020) announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 23 March.”
Cancer patients will continue to stay at some of the CANSA Care Homes (Bloemfontein, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban, Richards Bay and one in Cape Town at Tygerberg hospital) with protective measures and strict infection procedures and while the public hospitals are open and receiving patients. CANSA Care Homes cater for patients receiving cancer treatment with accommodation, transport and meals. In the other provinces, plans have been made for critical patients to be admitted full time at specific hospitals or treatment centres. CANSA’s TLC Lodges for children and families affected by cancer in Pretoria and Polokwane will also remain operating with protective measures and support via phone and online platforms. #CANSACareHomes
“CANSA staff and volunteers will also continue to support patients online through our website, social media support groups and platforms during the lockdown period. We appeal to those who are in a position to enable our continued support of cancer survivors and patients through online donations, to do so, ” appealed Joubert. #CANSAcares
CANSA will continue assisting stoma and ostomy patients with orders and deliveries that will be processed once a week on Thursdays. Patients and survivors can mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or WhatsApp 078 942 9290. #CANSAstoma
“Thank you to all our dedicated caregivers, nurses and medical staff who have, selflessly, continued to put our patients’ needs first regardless of personal risk at this time. We would not be able to carry out our unique service delivery offering if it were not for them – we are exceptionally grateful to have such a wonderful care team,” concludes Joubert.
CANSA’s Online Support
CANSA will continue supporting patients virtually via our website www.cansa.org.za, online support groups and platforms, email@example.com, Toll Free Call Centre 0800 22 66 22 and WhatsApp lines which are 072 197 9305 English and Afrikaans / 071 867 3530 Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho and Siswati.
A list of staff on call will be posted on the CANSA website so that patients can stay in touch with staff during the lockdown.
Furthermore, CANSA may be contacted via our social media platforms:
- Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CancerAssociationOfSouthAfrica )
- Twitter @CANSA (https://twitter.com/cansa) and
- Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/cancerassociationofsouthafrica/)
(For more information, please contact Lucy Balona, Head: Marketing and Communication at CANSA at email firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 011 616 7662 or mobile 082 459 5230.)
#COVID19 #StayAtHome #SouthAfricaLockdown
CANSA offers a unique integrated service to the public and to all people affected by cancer. CANSA is a leading role-player in cancer research and the scientific findings and knowledge gained from our research are used to realign our health programmes, as well as strengthen our watchdog role to the greater benefit of the public. Our health programmes comprise health and education campaigns; CANSA Care Centres that offer a wide range of care and support services to those affected by cancer; stoma and other clinical support; medical equipment hire, as well as a toll-free line to offer information and support. We also supply patient care and support in the form of 12 CANSA Care Homes in the main metropolitan areas for out-of-town cancer patients and CANSA-TLC lodging for parents and guardians of children undergoing cancer treatment.
Visit www.cansa.org.za or contact the nearest CANSA Care Centre, call CANSA toll-free 0800 22 66 22 or email: email@example.com. In addition to online resources and Facebook support groups, CANSA offers multi-lingual support on WhatsApp: 072 197 9305 for English and Afrikaans and 071 867 3530 for Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho and Siswati. Follow CANSA on Twitter: @CANSA (http://www.twitter.com/CANSA), join CANSA on Facebook: CANSA The Cancer Association of South Africa and follow CANSA on Instagram: @cancerassociationofsouthafrica and LinkedIn.