The CHOC Circle of Care
The Circle of Care
CHOC educates healthcare practitioners, traditional healers and communities to ensure that children with cancer are diagnosed timeously. CHOC also works to break the myths around cancer.
Awareness and Early Detection
At the time of diagnosis, the paediatric oncologist will refer the child to CHOC for assistance. Where available, CHOC social workers help explain the processes and provide psychosocial support.
From admission and throughout hospitalisation, CHOC provides practical and psychosocial support, which includes care bags upon admission, ward comforts, transport and accommodation, and parent support groups.
- Support specialist treatment
Medical staff and facilities support ranges from funding doctors to attend conferences and the data-capture for the South African Children’s Cancer Study Group’s childhood cancer registry. We maintain paediatric oncologist units, and provide some equipment and consumables.
Medical staff and facilities support
- Out-patient phase
There are 13 CHOC houses and lodges, where parents can stay whilst children are hospitalised and children can stay during the out-patient phase. Transport funds ensure that children return for follow-up treatment and check-ups. Outings and recreational camps are arranged.
Johannesburg has a dedicated bereavement counselor, whilst in other divisions bereavement support is provided by social workers and parent support groups.
- CHOC Community
CHOC social workers assist children in the recovery phase to transition back to their normal lives and go back to school. Survivors can opt to join Survivors of Life-threatening Diseases (SOLID).