July 27, 2017 Sandra
Dr Peter Barrow educates us on stomach and oesophageal cancers. Stomach (gastric) cancer is a cancer that starts in any part of the stomach. Oesophageal cancer is a cancer that develops in the oesophagus – the muscular tube (food pipe) that connects the mouth to the stomach. While stomach cancer occurs in both males and females in almost equal numbers, oesophageal cancer is three to four times more common in men than in women. Risk factors One of the main risk factors for developing stomach cancer is an infection with a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori. This is the same…

July 27, 2017 Sandra

The Cuppa For CANSA season is officially open. For the 2017 Cuppa season, CANSA will be running a ‘healthier option’ recipe competition. It is now up to you to come up with that winning recipe!

“Cuppa For CANSA is a fun way to raise money for the work CANSA does in local communities. The concept can be adapted to countless situations and allows the hostess total ‘artistic control’. A Cuppa can be big or small; with family, friends or colleagues; and be held at any venue. This year…

July 27, 2017 Sandra
Emily Anne Gray tells us how she confronted a cancer diagnosis at age of 11, and how she chose life over limb. Emily Anne Gray (25), a Paralympic swimmer, lives in Johannesburg, Gauteng. Pain Being an 11-year-old, Emily loved running. So, when she began to feel an aching pain in her left leg, close to her hip joint, the physiotherapist’s reasoning that it was a muscle injury, from all the races she competed in, made sense. Though, after several different tissue treatments, the pain never subsided. Emily’s parents then took her to a chiropractor who sent her for X-rays,…

July 27, 2017 Sandra
Dr Cathryn Walton explains how pain management in oncology works. Pain is the most commonly feared symptom in a cancer patient. It is also   the most misunderstood symptom. Fifty percent of patients have some form of pain at diagnosis of cancer. Thirty percent will have pain during treatment but 90% have pain as a symptom at the end of life. With a better understanding of pain and the management thereof, patients can feel in control of their lives. They have an improved quality of life and functionality. The management of pain in oncology is complex. It’s more than…

July 26, 2017 Sandra
What happens when you give eight courageous breast cancer survivors a glitzy dress, several dance lessons and a handsome man as a dance partner? Absolute magic! Fred Astaire Dance Studios South Africa held their second fundraising event Dancing with the Survivors in aid of The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) at Avianto in June. We are proud to say two of our Super Survivors, Lillian Dube and Nqobile Mazibuko, sizzled on the dance floor, just as the other fabulous survivors – Annabelle Lombard, Sandra Casilli, Marcelle Vorster, Petra Nortje, Ilse Pretorius and Etrecua Wentzel – did. Just under…

June 5, 2017 Sandra

As much as it is parental instinct to protect your child against traumatic news, such as a cancer diagnosis, it’s virtually impossible. Parents and the patient are entitled to know the full extent of the problem so they can be empowered and educated. The clinician’s job is to earn their trust, hold their hand through the journey, and make it as safe and pain-free as possible. That’s how Dr Monica Vaithilingum, a private paediatric oncologist and haematologist approaches her patients. She expounds on this topic.

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June 5, 2017 Sandra

  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…