Oncology

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

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Less alcohol equals better health

Posted on 6 January 2017

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.

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Beauty spot or cancer?

Posted on 5 January 2017

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.

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How screening mammograms save lives

Posted on 13 October 2016

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.

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Living with childhood leukaemia

Posted on 15 September 2016

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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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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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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 hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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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Leukaemia timeline: progress in pictures

Posted on 8 September 2016

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.

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Cancer diagnosis: Should you see a psychiatrist?

Posted on 5 August 2016

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?

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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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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  • 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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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Reduce your risk of prostate cancer

Posted on 23 June 2016

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

Posted on 6 June 2016

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.

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Support for cancer patients

Posted on 16 February 2016

It’s the stuff of nightmares: you or someone you love is diagnosed with cancer. What happens next? And how can you make sense of all the information and treatment options? Fortunately, Mediclinic offers a network of support to guide you along the way.

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Testicular cancer: facts & fiction

Posted on 19 November 2015

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.

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Back to work during/after chemo

Posted on 16 October 2015

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.

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His and hers

Posted on 15 September 2015

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.

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Can men really get breast cancer?

Posted on 1 September 2015

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

Posted on 18 June 2015

‘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.

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Cancer sensei

Posted on 10 June 2015

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

Posted on 2 June 2015

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.

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Dealing with treatment

Posted on 21 January 2015

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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Become a bone-marrow stem cell donor

Posted on 26 November 2014

The Sunflower Fund is the only NPO in South Africa responsible for the education and recruitment of bone marrow stem cell donors. We spoke to them to find out more.

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Testicular cancer

Posted on 25 November 2014

Testicular cancer is most common in men between the age of 15 and 39. The good news is it’s highly curable and can be treated effectively, especially if found early.

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Breast cancer in men: types

Posted on 28 October 2014

In recent years we’re hearing more and more about men being diagnosed with breast cancer. Here we take a look at five types of breast cancers men may get.

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12 questions to ask your doctor about breast cancer

Posted on 21 October 2014

You’ve just heard that the biopsy results indicate you have breast cancer. Here’s how to prepare for your next appointment.

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