Caringbah expands its cancer services

May 8, 2017 by  

CanCare Navigators are now available for people with a cancer diagnosis who live around Caringbah.

Individuals living with cancer can now obtain guidance and assistance from volunteer navigators. Services range from offering a hand with arranging a medication delivery, to providing assistance with filling in forms, to the arrangement of transport to attend appointments – a particularly useful service for outpatients.

Marketing services within Caringbah may be employed to promote the service, as approximately 18 people have used it so far according to the St. George & Sutherland Shire Leader.

The navigation service is free and was launched on a regional basis a few months ago. The Prostate and Breast Cancer Foundation (PBCF) is behind the scheme. Reg Woodleigh, the director of the PBCF, told the Leader:

“Getting the right help and support following a cancer diagnosis is critical. To improve support for people with cancer, we started a new program last year where we train volunteers to be CanCare Navigators.”

Woodleigh underlined the value of one-on-one help. He confirmed that the trained volunteers would look out for someone regardless of the cancer type they had.

Heather Cameron, a volunteer who provides practical backing to someone affected by cancer, revealed that she found the work to be rewarding. Cameron stressed the importance of being someone who was prepared to have a chat.