Oncology

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

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Cancer

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.

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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.

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‘We focus on hope’

Cancercare oncology social worker Emerentia Esterhuyse explains her role in a cancer patient’s journey.

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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?

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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 to look out for?

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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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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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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 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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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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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 your lifestyle to manage your own risk?

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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 can doctors do to test for early warning signs?

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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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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