Cancer Survivorship and Wellbeing Centre
To better support patients and their families who are affected by cancer, Flinders Foundation is developing a cancer survivorship and wellbeing centre which will be located on the ground floor of the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer
It’s great news that following decades of research, more people are surviving cancer than ever before, and some cancers can now be beaten. But with that often comes considerable challenges, including just how people live with the effects of treatment and the disease and how they cope with ‘life after cancer’.
The effects are emotional and physical, create financial burden, can affect family and other relationships, and often impact on returning to work, fertility and adjustment to normal life. To better support patients and their families who are affected by cancer, Flinders Foundation is developing a cancer survivorship wellbeing centre which will be located on the ground floor of the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer.
The centre will house multiple lounge areas and rooms suitable for consultations with health professionals, including counsellors and dietitians, who can provide vital assistance and referrals to other services. The centre will also feature a family room to provide a private and quiet place for families to gather and talk with one another.
Flinders Foundation will also partner with a wide range of experts to offer complementary therapies to ease the pain and burden of living with cancer, and a library of information to assist people to navigate life with cancer.
This is something not currently offered in any other hospital in South Australia. Thanks to funds raised by Dry July participants (who pledge to go alcohol free for the month) and a generous grant from the Dry July Foundation, the vision for a dedicated survivorship centre is closer to becoming a reality.
But more funding is needed to help us raise $500,000 and ensure we can create this flagship centre and provide comprehensive support for people living with the effects of cancer.