breast cancer

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

    Cancer

    Posted on 9 October 2018

    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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  • Breaking down breast cancer

    Cancer

    Posted on 26 October 2017

    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?

    Cancer

    Posted on 2 October 2017

    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…

    Cancer

    Posted on 1 October 2017

    …and what you should do about it.

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  • Causes of lymphoedema related to cancer and how it’s treated

    Cancer

    Posted on 29 September 2017

    Lymphoedema is an incurable but manageable condition that causes swelling, usually in the arms or legs. It develops when the lymphatic system – the network of channels and glands in the body that helps fight infection and remove excess fluid – is disrupted.

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  • ‘Personality gene’ testing for targeted breast cancer treatment

    Cancer

    Posted on 26 May 2017

    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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  • Innovation in breast reconstruction

    Cancer

    Posted on 9 May 2017

    An innovative method of using the patient’s own fat in breast augmentation and reconstruction after mastectomy has many benefits and few drawbacks, says a Mediclinic plastic surgeon.

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  • Risk reduction surgery

    Cancer

    Posted on 28 April 2017

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

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  • More than skin deep

    Patient Stories

    Posted on 29 March 2017

    Tanya Swiegers-Loots is a fine artist who works in a realistic style – which serves her very well in her amazingly lifelike 3D restorations of nipples and areolas. She was inspired to start her business from her own intimate experience with breast cancer.

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  • How screening mammograms save lives

    Cancer

    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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  • Focusing on the positive

    Patient Stories

    Posted on 3 October 2016

    Denise Goussard was in remission after breast cancer treatment, but was later diagnosed with leukaemia. Despite the many challenges, she remains brave and positive. Here she shares her story.

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  • Celebrating the survivors

    Cancer

    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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  • His and hers

    Cancer

    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?

    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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  • Breast reconstruction: What you need to know

    Surgery

    Posted on 25 August 2015

    If you’ve had a breast removed, breast reconstruction surgery can restore symmetry to your chest and improve your self-esteem and quality of life. Specialist plastic surgeon Dr Nicolette Landman from Mediclinic Midstream answers a few questions.

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  • Breast cancer in men: types

    Cancer

    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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  • Symptoms not to ignore

    Healthy Life

    Posted on 22 October 2014

    While we can’t run to the doctor every time we have a headache or chest pain, here are 10 symptoms you shouldn’t ignore.

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  • 12 questions to ask your doctor about breast cancer

    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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  • Men and breast cancer: risk factors

    Cancer

    Posted on 17 October 2014

    Men and women share some of the same risk factors when it comes to developing breast cancer. Here are the risk factors for men.

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  • Detecting breast cancer

    Cancer

    Posted on 15 October 2014

    You should be checking your breasts regularly for any changes that may indicate an underlying problem like breast cancer.

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  • So you’ve found a lump. What now?

    Cancer

    Posted on 7 October 2014

    During your own monthly breast lump self-exam, you may feel a lump under the skin. At this stage, it’s important not to panic – it may not be breast cancer but you’ll need to get it checked out by a doctor immediately. Here’s what to expect…

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