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Your patient has cancer — surgery is complete, appointments with the oncologist made, treatment is booked. But there are other issues. The Canadian Cancer Society can help you. Our organization supports the very best cancer research in the country and we help those living with cancer, too.

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Your patient has cancer — surgery is complete, appointments with the oncologist made, treatment is booked. But, when they come back to see you, do these issues sound familiar: My patient is having trouble coping with the news and the changes. My patient has lost her hair and needs a wig but does not know where she can get one. My patient has to travel for treatment and this is taking a toll on his pocket book. My patient’s wife needs help, too. How often do you see this in your practice? Have you been able to help your patient and family with these issues?

The Canadian Cancer Society can help you. Our organization supports the very best cancer research in the country and we help those living with cancer, too. This includes your patients who will benefit from these services at no cost.

Practical Support helps alleviate some of the everyday concerns of cancer patients and their families. These services are available in CCS offices in St. John’s, Grand Fall-Windsor, Corner Brook and Happy Valley-Goose Bay and at many regional cancer centers and include:

  • Wigs and turbans

  • Temporary breast prosthesis

  • Mastectomy information and exercise kits

  • Prostate cancer information kits

  • Volunteer driving program (provides rides to and from a cancer care appointment. Offered in limited locations)

The Canadian Cancer Society offers peer-to-peer emotional support for cancer patients, their families and friends. Trained volunteers who are cancer survivors or caregivers deliver:

  • Group emotional support

  • One-to-one emotional support

  • Telephone emotional support through CancerConnection - (800)-263-6750

Access to these services and to reliable information about cancer is only a phone call away. Refer your patients to the Canadian Cancer Society’s Cancer Information Service for evidence-based and accurate cancer information at (888) 939-3333.

The Canadian Cancer Society is also preparing to open Daffodil Place. Daffodil Place will offer 24 private suites for cancer patients who have to travel to St. John’s for cancer care. Some suites will have queen-sized beds and some two single beds to accommodate loved ones traveling with patients. Each suite will have its own washroom and telephone. A fee structure will be put in place that reflects a nominal charge, while providing a supportive and safe environment, nutritious meals and transportation. No person will be refused services for financial reasons. For further information contact any of the offices of the Canadian Cancer Society or call the provincial toll-free number at (888) 753-6520. The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of quality of life of those living with cancer.

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