CanHOPE is a non-profit cancer counselling & support service initiated by Parkway Cancer Centre.
As part of the holistic approach towards cancer treatment, CanHOPE works closely with the medical & allied health professionals, offering a wide range of resources & information about cancer in helping patients & their caregivers to make effective, informed decisions in their treatment journey.
The services provided by CanHOPE are:
Cancer is hard to deal with by yourself. No one needs to face it alone. When people with cancer seek and receive help from others, they often find it easier to cope. Although talking about it can be difficult, most people find that sharing their thoughts and feelings help them deal with their condition better.
The various form of support involves:
- Psycho-emotional & psycho-social issues
- Coping with cancer & treatment
- Support group activities
- Cancer counselling hotline & email
Eating well during cancer treatment starts by understanding nutrients that are affected by the treatment, and how these nutrients are required to ensure the well being of patients. Educating patients and their families on nutrition principles, dietary plans and diet modifications, and showing them the finer points of food selection and preparation becomes the utmost important step to nourishing the body back to good health.
The nutritional services include:
- Nutrition screening
- Individual dietary counselling
- Nutrition workshops
- Cooking classes
- Resource development
The road to recovery presents unique challenges to each individual. Common side effects experienced by cancer patients during & after treatment may affect functional independence, gait and even quality of life. In addition to medical treatment, rehabilitative services & therapy can be instrumental in assisting the return or improvement in the level of function, endurance & empowerment for patients.
The common rehabilitative programmes comprise:
- Upper & lower limbs assessment
- Lymphedema prevention
- Exercise after cancer
- Rehabilitation during treatment
Adjustment to cancer commonly includes patient & families making changes to their lives, from lifestyle to interpersonal relationship issues, in order to manage the stress and cope with the diagnosis. Awareness through patient & caregiver education and the support through various coordination services help patients and their loved ones adjust to the changes in their treatment journey.
The services cover:
- Treatment side effects
- Assurance for treatment compliance
- Reinforcement of doctor’s advice
CanHOPE Support Groups consist of organised programmes that bring together individuals led by either a professional or peer leader. Regardless of their structure most support group programmes share the same goals of promoting participant self-awareness, providing accurate and timely information, assisting in the discovery of problem solving strategies and fostering mutual support among group members.
Among the categories of CanHOPE Support Programmes are:
THERAPEUTIC & SKILLS-BASED
- Liaison between doctors, clinics, radiology centre and patient
- Translation service
- Other coordination services
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