Oncology

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

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Breaking down breast cancer

Breast cancer sufferers are avoiding unnecessary chemotherapy through transcriptional profiling that examines the genetic make-up of their cancer.

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10 signs you may have breast cancer…

…and what you should do about it.

Oncology

What causes ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer, which affects women’s reproductive organs, is both difficult to diagnose and difficult to treat. Here’s what you need to know about it.

Conditions

Back to work during cancer treatment

While cancer treatment is different for everyone, a Mediclinic oncologist gives general advice on how to cope with work during cancer treatment.

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The future of cancer treatment

We speak to a Mediclinic oncology surgeon and an oncologist about the future of breast cancer treatments.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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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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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • 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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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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Conditions

‘Personality gene’ testing for targeted breast cancer treatment

Tests that analyse what can be called the ‘personality’ of the cancer are now changing the very nature and effectiveness of cancer treatment.

Conditions

Risk reduction surgery

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

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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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 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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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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.

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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.

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

Support for cancer patients

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.

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.

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