Sup­port for pa­tients, fam­i­lies alike

The Leader (Nelson) - - DAFFODIL DAY -

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.

These in­clude:

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.

These in­clude:

Smoke-free

SunS­mart School Pro­gramme and Shade Loan Pro­gramme, free to all com­mu­nity groups In­creas­ing phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity Good nu­tri­tion

Lim­it­ing al­co­hol

Men’s health

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.

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