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CHOC’s Parents Supporting Parents programme consists of a group of parents who have had the experience of a child with some form of cancer or blood disorder to help parents of newly diagnosed children.

Parent Supporting Parent Programme

CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA is the leading childhood cancer organisation in South Africa. With six regions and 13 home-away-from-home CHOC houses close to specialised treatment centres, CHOC offers a holistic approach to children with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders, and their families.

What is the Parent Supporting Parent (PSP) Programme?

The Parent Supporting Parent (PSP) programme consists of a group of parents who have had the experience of a child with some form of cancer or blood disorder.

Selected parents are trained by the CHOC psychosocial team, to volunteer support to parents of newly diagnosed children.  These parents have walked the treatment path with their own children and can help new parents navigate their way on this emotional journey.  The role of this volunteer is to LISTEN and provide emotional support through the stresses of diagnosis and treatment.

CHOC also offers bereaved parents the opportunity to get together and provide support to each other as well as to parents who are recently bereaved. The compassion of a parent who goes through this tragic journey offers comfort to the recently bereaved parents.

What does PSP offer?

  • A booklet of information about the treatment process in the hospital and clinic setting
  • A CHOC Handbook for Parents
  • Hospital visits or coffee catch ups
  • Phone and/or electronic communication with parents
  • WhatsApp groups
  • Monthly meetings
Who to contact

If you would like to be contacted by a member of the PSP care team please feel free to discuss it with your CHOC social worker, social auxiliary worker or CHOC representative and submit to them your contact details listed below. Alternatively, you can contact your CHOC regional office.

CHOC Gauteng SouthT: 011 486 1212
F: 011 486 1551
E: jhb@choc.org.za

Physical address

16 Eastwold Way, Saxonwold
Johannesburg 2000

CHOC Norther Region | PretoriaT: 012 323 3490
F: 012 323 3492
E: pretoria@choc.org.za

Physical address

185 Monument Avenue
Lyttelton Manor
Centurion 0157

Eastern Cape CHOC

EAST LONDON

T: 043 748 5315
F:  043 748 3850
E: el@choc.org.za

Physical address

54 Edge Road
Beacon Bay
East London 5241

PORT ELIZABETH

T: 041 464 0005
Fax2Email: 0864651085
E: pe@choc.org.za

Physical address

Ground Floor
CNR Lenox and Conyngham Roads
Glendinningvale
Port Elizabeth 6001

CHOC House Durban | CHOC Pietermaritzburg

DURBAN

T: 031 240 2917
F: 031 240 2917
E: dbn@choc.org.za

Physical address

Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital
Lower Block A Residential Village
800 Vusi Mzemela Road,
Cato Manor, Durban 4091

PIETERMARITZBURG

T: 033 347 1441
F: 033 347 5777
E: pmb@choc.org.za

Physical address

29 Carnoustie Road
Chase Valley
Pietermaritzburg 3201

CHOC | Northern Cape

T: 021 531 0052

CHOC HOUSE PLUMSTEAD:

T: 021 761 5304

CHOC LODGE TYGERBERG:
T: 021 932 9427
F: 086 110 6441
E: wcape@choc.org.za

Physical address

12 Sybrand Road
Sybrand Park
Cape Town 7700

CHOC Free State

T: 051 522 6671
F: 051 522 6671
E: freestate@choc.org.za

Physical address

CHOC House
19 Stegman Street, Universitas
Bloemfontein 9301

There are also many other opportunities for parents to get involved in CHOC programmes, that will strengthen the support given to children and their parents.

Please enter your details below and hand in to the CHOC social worker, social auxiliary worker or CHOC representative

Tips to Keep Your Child Healthy at Home

Remember that the treatment process reduces your child’s immunity and ability to fight off germs.  This is an essential part of treatment, but it makes your child more likely to get sick, so here is how you can help:

  1. Washing hands or using a hand sanitizer to reduce the spread of germs.
  2. Regularly clean any toys that your child plays with.
  3. Do not anyone who has a snotty nose, runny tummy, chickenpox, shingles, mumps or measles visit your child. It could delay your child’s treatment if they get sick.
  4. When your child’s blood count is low, limit visitors to one or two healthy people at a time, and avoid very young children visiting at all.
  5. Avoid all take away foods and reheated food. If possible only allow your child to eat freshly made home food.
  6. Use clean knives/forks/spoons for your child. Avoid sharing utensils or food.
  7. Avoid all pets that are kept in cages (especially birds and reptiles) and limit contact with other pets. Do not let pets sleep on the bed of the child or in your child’s room.
  8. Do not smoke near your child or in the house.
  9. If your child has a fever over 38 degrees, phone the treatment hospital and speak to the sister in charge to get instructions. If the temperature does not reduce, please phone the ward again and then bring your child in.
  10. Do not give your child any over the counter/homeopathic medicines or supplements unless cleared with your paediatric oncologist. These can interfere with the treatment process and reduce its effectiveness.