Oncology

This section covers critical information on all types of cancer and treatment.

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Risk reduction surgery

We explore risk reduction surgery as a method of maintaining quality of life and preventing female-specific cancers.

gynaecology

HPV vaccine pros and cons

The human papilloma virus (HPV) is a common infection that can lead to cervical cancer when it’s transmitted sexually. A vaccine is available to prevent HPV infection. Here’s what you should know before getting the HPV vaccine.

Healthy living

Less alcohol equals better health

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions. If one of yours is to give up alcohol, then good for you! Here’s why it’s the one resolution you really should stick to.

Dermatology

Beauty spot or cancer?

Is that mark on your skin just a mole or could it be a melanoma? We take a closer look at this potentially dangerous form of cancer.

Healthy Life

How screening mammograms save lives

We are constantly reminded of the importance of early detection in combatting breast cancer. Radiographers explain what you need to know about potentially life-saving screening mammography.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
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  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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Living with childhood leukaemia

Kathy Singery, the mother of 14-year-old Daniel who was recently diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (T-ALL), shares the family’s coping strategies and reflects on the lessons they’ve learnt on their journey so far.

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Leukaemia timeline: progress in pictures

This quick-glance leukaemia timeline shows the progress made in diagnosing and treating cancers that originate in the bone marrow since the first diagnosis in 1845.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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Conditions

Cancer diagnosis: Should you see a psychiatrist?

It’s the ultimate nightmare: You – or a loved one – is diagnosed with cancer. What happens next? And over and above the medical treatment, what psychological support will you need to make it through this journey?

Conditions

Reduce your risk of prostate cancer

Developing prostate cancer is a real concern for many men as they age – but there are lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk, says Dr Conray Moolman, a urologist at Constantiaberg Mediclinic.

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Celebrating the survivors

The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) says one in four South Africans will be affected by cancer in their lifetime – either via someone they know contracting the disease or being diagnosed with it themselves. The CANSA Relay For Life events are held locally and internationally to celebrate and remember people whose lives have been affected by cancer. Survivors, in particular, are celebrated, honoured and treated as VIPs.

Oncology

Testicular cancer: facts & fiction

Between the Movember messaging, yellow wristbands and old wives’ tales, there’s a lot of information doing the rounds about testicular cancer. Not all of it is accurate, though. We spoke to a Mediclinic urologist to separate the facts from fiction.

Oncology

Back to work during/after chemo

Starting work again after chemotherapy or while undergoing it needn’t be a mental obstacle course. Here’s how you can cope – or help a colleague in this situation.

Magazine

His and hers

Husband and wife Graeme and Jeannie Comrie discovered breast cancer isn’t just a women’s disease – when they were both diagnosed with it on the same day.

Healthy Life

Can men really get breast cancer?

Yes, they can – and most of them never see it coming. Dr Michiel Botha, a radiation oncologist at Mediclinic George, explains the risks.

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Check yourself

‘Cancer’ and ‘good news’ don’t usually live together in the same sentence. But they can, says media personality and testicular cancer survivor Mark Pilgrim… if you get yourself checked in time.

Expert Articles

Cancer sensei

When Conn Bertish, the executive creative director of an advertising agency, was diagnosed with a rare strain of brain cancer, he turned his creative thinking into a digital cancer initiative called Cancer Dojo.

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Beating cervical cancer

New strides in the detection, treatment and prevention of cervical cancer mean that it can be beaten. Here, a survivor tells her story and we look at the potential of the HPV vaccine.

Cardiology

Dealing with treatment

Mark Pilgrim talks about how to deal with treatment and how your loved ones can support you through this tough time.

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