Sep 30, 2019 Word for Word Media
There is numerous terminology when it comes to research and trials; Kyara Bergstrom breaks down the basics for us. Many patients believe that clinical research involves only the testing of new medications or devices. Though, let’s look at the definition of clinical: “Relating to the observation and treatment of actual patients rather than theoretical or laboratory studies.” Hence, clinical trials. With this said, healthy volunteers are also needed so that researchers can compare their results to the results of the patients with the illness being studied. Types of research Treatment research can be an intervention, such as medication, new devices,…

Jul 29, 2019 Word for Word Media
Dr Simon Naylar, a pathologist, helps us get a better understanding of biomarkers in relation to immunotherapy. Understanding the immune system The immune system is a finely-tuned balanced harmony of cells and molecules ready to react to the threat posed to the body by infections, foreign entities and tumours.  Once the immune system detects one of these potential threats (known as an antigen), the immune defences are activated and a complex set of reactions and responses begin the process of attacking this enemy.  Many tumour cells are destroyed by the immune cells and the action of antibodies (proteins which attack foreign cells or molecules). Immunotherapy explained…

Feb 5, 2019 Word for Word Media

In 1933, Janet Vaughan, said, “Haematology has advanced more rapidly in the last 10 years more than any branch of medicine. Current haematological literature is so prolific that it is increasing difficult for anyone but a specialist to keep up to date7.” In 2019, this is even more so. Haematology is the study of blood in health and disease. It includes diseases of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, blood vessels, the bone marrow, lymph nodes, the spleen and the proteins involved in bleeding and clotting.  There are many different haematological diseases. These are broadly divided into malignant (cancerous) diseases…

Jun 5, 2017 Word for Word Media

  A registered nurse at the Cancer Treatment Centres of America (CTCA) hospital, Cheryl Lynn, said, “Nurses are at the centre of patient care, and for this reason, they can significantly influence the quality of care provided and, ultimately, patient outcomes.” To fully understand this statement, Lourein Smit, a local oncology nurse, tells us about what she faces every day.

“I don’t know how you do it?” This is the first response an oncology nurse will get when telling any person what they do. Little do people know that being an oncology nurse is the most rewarding and satisfying…

Dec 11, 2015 Laurelle Williams

When I was diagnosed with testicular cancer I decided to tell my students (11 to 15 years old) because they will find out anyway as soon as the side effects of chemotherapy will kick in. And I didn’t want rumours or speculations spread in the school community. I met a 12-year-old boy in the cancer clinic who had testicular cancer. “I decided there and then that I would educate the pupils about cancer when the opportunity arose. I had to brief them and warn them, because all my pupils were around this age. It was the week since I started…

Dec 11, 2015 Laurelle Williams

Introducing a South African research/advocacy initiative to document challenges of having cancer from the perspective of those who have 1st hand experiences. Too often the healthcare system relies on survey, academic material and theoretical models to develop ‘best practise’ guidelines and protocols. While it makes sense that if one needs to know what cancer patients struggle with or need, that the obvious thing would be to just ask them directly. Gathering personal versions of stories from patients about their experiences and problems creates a complex methodological challenge when trying to analyse and present this information in a reliable and valid…