Services provided by Reach For Recovery
Reach For Recovery and CANSA work together to provide support to breast cancer survivors. Reach For Recovery provide pre- and post-operative counselling by trained volunteers, who are also breast cancer survivors.
Reach For Recovery Services
Visitation – Volunteers, who are trained breast cancer survivors, visit patients in hospital, either before or after their operation. Emotional and practical support is provided at this time and if necessary at any later stage.
Literature – Patients are supplied with a booklet and pamphlets dealing with various topics relevant to breast cancer patients. They receive a soft prosthesis (temporary breast form), a cushion for under arm comfort and a bag to contain the port-au-vac drain.
Meetings – Monthly or bi-monthly support meetings are held, where topics of interest are discussed.
State Hospitals – Volunteers attend the breast clinics at state hospitals to offer emotional and practical support.
Prostheses – Permanent prostheses (silicone) are offered to non medical aid patients where funds permit.
Prosthesis Fitting – Many groups offer a Prosthesis Fitting service.
Breast Cancer Awareness – Volunteers actively work for breast cancer awareness through talks to encourage breast cancer self examination and outreach programmes into all communities.
Contact your local CANSA Care Centre regarding Reach For Recovery in your area. If there is no Reach For Recovery group in your area, the Care Centre will be able to provide you with counselling, support and prostheses.