Support for patients, families alike
The Cancer Society Nelson supports patients and families whose lives are directly or indirectly affected by cancer.
All funds received are used for the benefit of Nelson/Tasman residents.
Local patients and families are supported in many different ways.
The society provides support for all those affected by cancer, including family/wha¯nau, carers and friends.
That support is given by a wide range of services that are available during diagnosis, treatment and beyond.
The aim is to ensure those affected by cancer are wellinformed and supported from their diagnosis onwards.
There are a number of practical ways this is done in the Nelson/Tasman region.
Free counselling for any member of the family to help support them coming to terms with many aspects of a cancer diagnosis. Last year, 31 local families received counselling through Cancer Society Nelson counselling grants.
Support grants to cover many things such as financial assistance to help ease the pressure while going through treatment. Some of those who are retired and on a pension, or who are the main income earner, may not be able to work while receiving radiation treatment for six weeks in Christchurch or Wellington.
The Cancer Society Nelson can help out in many ways such as with petrol or food vouchers or helping to pay bills. Last year, 33 local families were helped with some form of financial assistance.
Support groups are organised in the region by Cancer Society Nelson. They include Breast Cancer ‘‘Bosom Buddies’’, Prostate Cancer, Survivors and Thrivers, Motueka Monday Club, Mindfulness and Relaxation classes, plus the Yoga and Living Well programmes.
At Cancer Society Nelson’s offices at 102 Hardy Street, many different printed information booklets are available.
Resources are provided on all cancers, including a library, wig hire and hats, all free of charge.
The Cancer Society’s health promotion programmes raise awareness of cancer risk in the community.
SunSmart School Programme and Shade Loan Programme, free to all community groups Increasing physical activity Good nutrition
Screening and early detection The Cancer Society Nelson also has a group of volunteer drivers who take individuals to their appointments and to chemotherapy treatments.
A team of highly valued volunteers also help at the chemotherapy suite at the Nelson Hospital four days a week.
The Cancer Society Nelson has an army of volunteers who they could not do without and they work closely in support of them.
All of the above is achieved with no government funding.
The society relies entirely on donations, sponsorship, and bequests from people who recognise the value and importance of what the Cancer Society does.
The Cancer Society promotes the SunSmart skin cancer awareness programme.