Support for You

During our work as nurses at Cancer Society Wellington we hear every day how challenging it is to live with cancer and to care for loved ones with cancer. This can only be harder in these tough times of Covid-19.

We know there’s lots of uncertainty out there and when you’re in the midst of cancer treatment this will add to your stress. The Cancer Society’s Medical Director Dr Chris Jackson gave some very clear  information about treatments in the current environment, in his interview this week on Radio NZ https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2018740073/how-will-covid-19-affect-cancer-patients

The team of cancer information nurses from Cancer Society Wellington, based now in our ‘home offices’, are committed to providing support to any of you by phone (0800 CANCER 226237) and email info@cancersoc.org.nz. These free, confidential services are available to anyone living in New Zealand. There are nurses in our Auckland and Christchurch teams also answering the phone.

We’ll do our best to answer any questions, find information for you or just be there to listen. We’re also reactivating our Nurses’ Blog on CancerChatNZ www.cancerchat.org..nz We aim to regularly post tips and articles on topics you request, or things that we hearing about.

We’d love to hear from you too– send your contributions to us at info@cancersoc.org.nz and we can post these on the Nurses Blog with your agreement– these can be anonymous as you wish. Tell us how things are going for you, any tips or inspiration you have for others, or just a good offload to ease the way. If you choose not to publish these that’s fine too – Look forward to hearing from you!

As we enter this new way of living, I am finding inspiration in the strong, compassionate leadership and evidence-based advice and action we have, both political and medical, in Aotearoa New Zealand.

On Tuesday night when interviewed on National Radio Jacinda Ardern was asked to sum up, in one word how she was feeling as we went into lockdown. She answered ‘hope’. A good message for all of us to hold on to.

We look forward to hearing from you,

Julie, Naena and Anna

Cancer Information Nurses and moderators of Cancer ChatNZ.

 

We look forward to hearing from you,

Julie, Naena and Anna

Cancer Information Nurses and moderators of Cancer ChatNZ.

 

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