According to Cancer Care Ontario, 40% of women and 45% of men will develop cancer in their lifetime.
Cancer touches almost every family in Ontario. For cancer patients, de Souza nurses are a valued and trusted source of expert information, advice and support. de Souza nurses are registered nurses who receive their national oncology or hospice palliative care certification in managing cancer related symptoms and in psychosocial support, helping patients cope with vulnerability and uncertainty of living with cancer. You can find de Souza nurses in cancer centres, hospitals or the community.
de Souza Institute is improving the cancer experience with CARE:
CONNECT: de Souza Institute connects nurses who care for patients with cancer with the latest information, our world class educators, clinicians and each other.
ACCESSIBILITY: From Thunder Bay to Sarnia to Toronto to Hawkesbury, our classes and information are accessible on web, through the Ontario Telemedicine Network, online discussions and local classes/workshops.
RESEARCH:de Souza Institute provides nurses with the latest research and information, so that they can provide cancer patients and their families the best possible care.
EDUCATION: de Souza Institute provides nurses with specialized training and life-long learning in cancer care at no cost so that they can deliver the best care in areas like cancer treatment, emotional support and help patients with every step in the cancer journey.
The de Souza Institute Foundation was established in 2012 in honour of Anna Maria de Souza. She was granted many awards and honours for her charitable work, including: the Queen's Medal of Honour, awarded by the Governor General of Canada; the Order of Rio Branco, awarded by the President of Brazil; the Arbor Award, presented by the University of Toronto; and the Civic Award, presented by the City of Toronto.
Anna Maria fought a nine-month battle with cancer. Sadly she passed away on Tuesday September 18, 2007.
In May 2008 the Government of Ontario announced a $15 million grant to establish the de Souza Institute, named in honour of Anna Maria de Souza.
Sue, Carol, Nicole, Lisa, Inara, Kunsang, Carol and Soma are some of de Souza Institute’s nurses who are making a difference in people’s lives by caring for patients and families living with cancer.
Listen to their incredible stories and hear how they are empowering lives one patient at a time.
Meet Art and Frances who were cared for by de Souza nurses:
To donate to the de Sousa Institute Foundation please contact us at support@desouzanurse or 416-581-7887.
You can play a valuable role in ensuring that cancer patients have access to the best possible support. Be a part of the de Souza network that is transforming the cancer experience by supporting one or more educational scholarships that are helping to expand the skills and knowledge of nurses delivering oncology and palliative care.
Click here for the scholarship options.
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