In this together – Cameron Martin

Sixteen-year-old Cameron Martin shares how his family and friends have helped him adjust since he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Cameron Martin (16) lives in Weltevredenpark, Gauteng with his parents, Roger and Samantha, and his younger sister, Caitlyn.  When meeting the polite teenager, one would never think he has just undergone major surgery and cancer treatment. [...]

Discreet medicine and health appliance delivery made simple

We hear how easy and convenient it is to order medicine and health appliances via Medipost. Shopping for one’s medicine and health appliance requirements can be an inconvenient and even an uncomfortable experience if you have to visit a pharmacy in person. Particularly, if you need to request health-related items of a personal nature. South […]

How to navigate your cancer diagnosis

Dr David Eedes, an Icon oncology advisor, shares advice on what questions to ask your doctors and how to navigate the initial steps of your cancer diagnosis. A cancer diagnosis usually comes as a shock. It’s a life-changing event and can cause chaos and anxiety for you, your family and friends. While there is no [...]

Gynaecological cancers

September is Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month; Dr Nirasha Chiranjan educates us on the two most common gynaecological cancers in South Africa. Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month aims to encourage women to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease and preventive strategies.  It’s a month that encourages women to openly speak about their health without [...]

Regain your strength with Lifegain

We hear how a balanced diet can assist you through your cancer treatment by helping you regain your strength. A cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event. As you navigate this challenging time, it may be reassuring to know that your reactions are natural but also to recognise that there are different ways to manage the [...]

Kids Kicking Cancer

Sensei Ilze van der Merwe tells us how Kids Kicking Cancer (KKC) is giving hope and strength to childhood cancer patients and their families. Origin of KKC Kids Kicking Cancer was founded, in 1999, by Elimelech Goldberg, a black belt karate instructor and clinical assistant professor of paediatrics at Wayne State University in Michigan, USA.  The program is now running [...]

What is an advance directive?Care

Talking about death with those close to us is not about being ghoulish or giving up on life. But, a way to ensure greater quality of life. Lee Last explains what an advance directive is and why it is essential. Two classes of advance directives (AD) A living will is a document that enables a patient [...]

South African Congress of Oncology 2019

The first South African Congress of Oncology (SACO) was held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in August. The inaugural South African Congress of Oncology reflects the strength in multi-disciplinary teamwork. It kicked-off with two pre-congress workshops: supportive and palliative care focussing on communication, and neuro-oncology in collaboration with Society for Neuro-Oncology Sub-Saharan Africa [...]

Hormone therapy in prostate cancer

Dr Sithembile Ngidi describes the different types of hormone therapy used to treat prostate cancer. To understand the who, what, where, why and how of hormone therapy, it’s important to start at the basics. That would be understanding the driving hormone behind prostate cancer and its treatment: testosterone.  Testosterone  This is the primary male hormone that’s key in [...]

Nobody makes better tea than you and Five Roses

Trusted since 1909, Five Roses consistently delivers superior quality, expertly blended teas. Its teas are sourced from around the world by skilled Tea Master, Dinesh Wijeyawardana.  With over 30 years’ experience, Dinesh is trusted with the Five Roses recipe and the responsibility of ensuring unsurpassed flavour, strength and aroma in every cup of Five Roses [...]