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CANSA's Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

Video – CANSA’s Tough Living With Cancer (TLC) Programme

CANSA’s Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) programme supports children and teens diagnosed with cancer or affected by cancer (a family member has cancer), as we believe no child or family should have to face cancer on their own.

CANSA TLC Facilities:

Currently there are 2 CANSA TLC Lodges, 1 CANSA TLC Ward and 2 CANSA TLC Support Rooms for children / teens and parents and families affected by cancer:

Eastern Cape:

CANSA TLC PE Support Room in Port Elizabeth – tel:  041-373 5157

Gauteng:

CANSA TLC Nicus Lodge on premises Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria. This includes the Brian Davey Step Down Unit which provides a family friendly environment where children can safely recover while their immune systems are being built up – tel: 082 073 2850

KZN:

CANSA TLC Durban Lodge –  tel: 031-205 9525

Limpopo:

CANSA TLC Paediatric Oncology Ward in Pietersburg Provincial Hospital, Polokwane – tel: 015-297 1268

Northern Cape:

CANSA TLC Kimberley Support Room in Kimberley – tel: 053-831 2968

CANSA’s TLC Programme

Learn more about CANSA’s Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) programme

Parents, families, and guardians can also join our Facebook Support Group: CANSA TLC – Childhood Cancer Support to connect with others in a similar position.

Says Portia Masango, whose son was diagnosed with cancer: “Today marks exactly one year since my then 5 year old was diagnosed with cancer. I can still see Dr Khoza’s face when she said, ‘I’m afraid I’m gonna have to admit Tshegofatso, I need a CT scan done on him tomorrow, cos I suspect he has cancer.’

We were in Mankweng, a strange place, with no one we know around. The reality of it all never really hit me until we got transfered to Steve biko Academic. Then I got to understand what having a child with cancer means. Chemo, the nausea, loss of appetite, losing weight, being weak, sometimes feeling so helpless, feeling like just screaming. Being anxious, asking yourself: is he going to make it? The hope I had after completing the chemo cycles, only to do the CT scan and learn that the tumor was still there! Yet somehow having the strength to still go on.

Today, a year later, I’m grateful for every thing thus far: being able to attend school without major problems, just the occasional bleeding here and there, his glowing face despite chemo, still being able to play, slowly gaining back the weight, and the support from the CANSA TLC Childhood Cancer Facebook Support Group. It’s much easier when you talk to people who really understand what your talking about!”

Be a Gift to a Child in Need:

Please consider making a donation towards supporting our TLC programme so that we can help more children and families. Donations will assist with the provision of prosthetic support (children who have lost an eye or limb); the provision of wheelchairs; pain control implants and medical equipment. Food, clothing and toiletry donations are always welcome…


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