Support group resources within CancerCare
- Within CancerCare we have 3 monthly support groups see a link to 3 support groups within our group:
- Rondebosch support group ( link to full programs for 2017)
- Cape Gate Support group ( link to full programs for 2017)
- Outeniqua Support group( link to full programs for 2017)
- We also host Cancer Survivor days every 2nd year
Cancer survivor’s days were started in 2000 for the first time and is now run by each CancerCare unit independently
See some picture of previous events.
- Link to Survivors day PE
- Link to Survivors days East London
- Link to Survivors days George
- Link to Survivors days Vergelegen
- Link to Survivors days Rondebosch
- Link to Survivors days Panorama/Cape Gate
- Cancer Survivor Summit
Introduction to the 1st ever in 2016 South African Cancer Survivor Inspiration Summit was held on 10 September 2016 hosted by Cancer Alliance and GVI oncology Venue His People Auditorium provisionally booked.
Globally, an estimated 32 million people are living with cancer. That number is projected to increase sharply over the next few decades, as both the incidences of cancer and the number of life-extending treatments increase. Those treatments have been and will continue to spring from huge financial investments in basic and applied medical research. But the issues facing patients and survivors go far beyond the medical impact of the disease.
Traditionally GVI oncology hosted cancer survivors day jointly in Cape Town between 2000 and 2010 after that GVI units did their own individual survivors days
The feedback from these days has always been overwhelmingly positive as patients found these functions to be inspirational, affirming of their living with cancer, and patients also felt like being members of an elite group that gave meaning to their lives. They were proud to have been to as many as possible of these special events
The current buzzwords in the cancer community are survivorship care and rendering cancer care services in a patient centred manner thus implying a model where the voice of the patients should be central to all cancer care delivery. It is for this reason that this 1st Cancer survivor day conference will lay the foundation to empower patients with knowledge and a platform for sharing their journey with cancer in a collaborative manner.
Rationale for the 1st Creative Living with Cancer Conference for Cancer survivors in South Africa
- Due to advances in early detection and treatment, more individuals are living with cancer worldwide.The cancer experience is shifting from acute illness to chronic condition. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and other health advisory bodies worldwide are recognising the range of medical, functional and psychosocial challenges facing individuals who have completed cancer treatment. “Survivorship” has become a distinct phase of cancer care.
The target group for this Conference:
- Cancer patients
- Caregivers and family members
- Heath care professionals from state and private oncology units
- Member NGO’s belong to the Cancer Alliance of South Africa
Link to the program of the event in 2016
Link to photos from this event ( I will send some and you have some )
The next Cancer Summit will be held in Gauteng watch this space for more information and in 2019 it will be hosted again in Cape Town assessment and drafting a care plan
Linking with community resources
Individual and family counselling
Basic information on your treatment
Crisis & Stress management
Emotional support and guidance
Support Groups (more details of dates and venues available on the website)