New equipment to help cancer children

THANK YOU: The paediatric oncology unity of Frere Hospital received a donation worth R30,000 from CANSA that will assist with chemotherapy and operations performed on children Picture: SIVENATHI
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The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) donated equipment worth R30,000 to the paediatric oncology unity at Frere Hospital last Thursday. The equipment is used for operational and radiation treatment or children who have cancer. CANSA representative Nomvuyo Gqibithole said the gift was from their Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) programme that not only focused on patients admitted in hospital, but also those
who were at home.

“We focus on the external patients and those who live far from the hospital. We buy toiletries and snacks for the children and parents who live far away but still have to be admitted.” Paediatrician Karla Thomas expressed gratitude towards CANSA’s donation
and said the equipment would make a huge difference for the unit.

“We are grateful for what CANSA has done. We use this equipment for chemotherapy and when we perform operations. Instead of pricking the children with needles, we insert a port, which stay in the child’s body. It assists us withdrawing blood and chemotherapy,”
said Thomas.

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