Oncology

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

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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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Colorectal cancer, know the symptoms

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most prominent cancer in South Africa and the sixth most lethal. Dr Mariza Tunmer, a specialist radiation oncologist at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre, explains what we should know.

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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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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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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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 has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern 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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  • 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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  • 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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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: Your 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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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 place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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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10 signs you may have breast cancer…

…and what you should do about it.

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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.

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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.

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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