Oncology

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

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Treatment options for the most common cancer in men

When detected early, there is a 90% cure rate for prostate cancer. Discover more about the importance of screening – and the treatment options available. As Dr Andre Dreyer, an

Cancer

Why is Breast Cancer in young women on the rise?

Although breast cancer in young women is rare – it is often undiagnosed until it’s too late. Don’t ignore that lump, even if you’re under 35, say oncologists. ‘In young

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‘We focus on hope’

Cancercare oncology social worker Emerentia Esterhuyse explains her role in a cancer patient’s journey. The team at Panorama Cancercare, located near Mediclinic Panorama, adopts a holistic approach towards cancer treatment

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All about cervical cancer [infographic]

Cervical cancer is the second-most-common cancer among South African women. How does it develop? Are you in danger? How can doctors help manage your risk? Here, we answer these and

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Your prostate cancer questions answered [infographic]

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in South African men. Are you at risk? How often should you be tested? Does your lifestyle play a role? Are there signs

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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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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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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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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  • 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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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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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Breast cancer – Your FAQs answered [infographic]

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women worldwide. What are its symptoms? Are you in danger of contracting this disease? And what can you do to change

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Skin cancer risk factors and symptoms [infographic]

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in South Africa. How does it occur, and who is most at risk? Are there different types? Is it possible to self-test? What

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
    #MediclinicFacts
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Spot the difference: Early warning signs of sun damage

Yes, you need to look for changes in your moles but change is also about noticing when new spots pop up and whether that spot is a mole or not. Dermatologist Dr Karen Ordemann answers some frequently-asked questions.

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Is a mastectomy required or are there other options for breast cancer?

Breast cancer is a treatable disease and early diagnosis significantly improves the survival rate.  Many women now have the option of preserving their breasts. Dr Mariza Tunmer, a specialist radiation oncologist at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre, explains non-surgical treatment options.

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FAQs: Stem Cell Donation – a match made in medicine [infographic]

If you’d like to add ‘saved a life’ to your bucket list items, you can. It only takes 10 minutes to register as a stem cell donor, and the actual donation process is safe and relatively pain-free. Here we answer some frequently asked questions about stem cell donations.

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A guide to the benefits and limits of radiology tests

Radiology plays a major role in medical care as it allows patients to be diagnosed and treated for disease and injuries without having to undergo explorative surgery just to see inside the body. Diagnostic radiologist Dr John-Henry Corbett, of Van Dyk & Partners based at Mediclinic Bloemfontein, takes us through the benefits, advancements and risks.

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Myths – and facts – around bone marrow and stem cell transplants

A person who has a disease or condition that prevents their body from making enough healthy blood cells may need a blood stem cell transplant. Sunflower Fund CEO Alana James explains.

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Cervical cancer: Risks, preventative measures, and treatment by stages

Cervical cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer affecting SA women. Yet too many women have questions: what is your risk, how does it develop, and how is it treated? Mediclinic pathologist Dr Izak Loftus explains.

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These five health screenings for women could save your life [infographic]

Some of the cancers that most often affect women are breast, cervical, colon, endometrial and lung cancers. Knowing what you can do to detect them early (when they are small and easier to treat) is crucial.

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When, how, and how often you should perform a testicular self-examination

With regular self-examinations, testicular cancer can be caught early and effective treatment is possible.

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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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Could you skip chemo?

A new test is helping doctors understand the “personality” of breast cancer better – leading to earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment.

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10 signs you may have breast cancer…

…and what you should do about it.

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