Netcare cancer support group inaugurated

2016-08-10 06:00
           PHOTO: supplied Celebrating the opening of the Netcare St Anne’s and Cansa support group for cancer patients is (from left) Louis Joubert (hospital general manager), Chauntel Manuel (St Anne’s finance division), Nondumiso Connie Zuma (community mobiliser social worker), Sister Busisiwe Ceki (cardiac ward), Primrose Shezi, Lorna Thomas, Kim Wildey (St Anne’s finance division) and Sister Yvonne Barnes (ground-floor medical, unit manager).

PHOTO: supplied Celebrating the opening of the Netcare St Anne’s and Cansa support group for cancer patients is (from left) Louis Joubert (hospital general manager), Chauntel Manuel (St Anne’s finance division), Nondumiso Connie Zuma (community mobiliser social worker), Sister Busisiwe Ceki (cardiac ward), Primrose Shezi, Lorna Thomas, Kim Wildey (St Anne’s finance division) and Sister Yvonne Barnes (ground-floor medical, unit manager).

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NETCARE St Anne’s Hospital, in association with Cansa, opened a new cancer support group to provide patients with a safe and empathetic environment for sharing experiences.

“Coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis­, and the fight against cancer­, is a daunting prospect for anyone, whether it is from the perspective of the person who has cancer or their loved ones.

“Social and emotional support is a vital aspect of dealing with the disease and developing coping strategies. Our message to those suffering from cancer is ‘no one fights alone’,” said Netcare St Anne’s Hospital general manager, Louis Joubert.

The support group, which met for the first time on Tuesday, 26 July, was led by an experienced social worker, who provided practical information and guidance on cancer, the various treatment options, minimising the side effects of treatments and other tips.

The support group also facilitates discussion and shared insights on the emotional burden of the disease, both for the individual and their caregivers, and strategies for coping with this stress in order to maintain strength for healing.

“The aim of this support group is to allow those who are further along their journey to share the insights that have helped them to keep strong in the face of this disease,” said Joubert.

He said the key outcome of the meetings is to help people overcome the emotional and mental hurdles presented by cancer in order to better focus on life and their loved ones, to be strong and fight against the disease.

The cancer support groups will be held monthly at Netcare St Anne’s. Space is limited and those interested are requested to book their seat with head of marketing Shubnum Ismail at 082 360 2590 or 033 897 5013 or e-mail Shubnum.ismail@netcare. co.za Alternately, contact Cansa representative­, Connie Zuma at 033 342 9837 or email nzuma@can sa.org.za

The support group is free.

- Supplied

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