Cancer patients urged to reach for help - Cansa

People diagnosed with cancer have been urged to reach out if they and their families are struggling...

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Neighbours of a <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><placename w:st="on">Kempton<placetype w:st="on">Park man, who shot his wife and son during a family hostage drama on Friday, said he had recently discovered that he had brain cancer.

They believe this may have led to the incident.

Johann Engelbrecht was shot and killed by police after barricading himself in his home for several hours.

His son’s body was found inside the house, while Engelbrecht’s wife Susan survived the shooting and is in a stable condition in hospital.

The Cancer Association of South Africa’s Lucy Balona said, “When you hear the words ‘you have cancer’ or being told that your cancer has reoccurred, [it] could change your life. You and your loved ones are shocked, out of control and helpless and what we’re saying is we offer a comprehensive support programme and that all is not lost - You are not alone.”