In the challenging times that we are living in, meeting childhood cancer survivor, Zino Nyangule, was timely. This sweet girl who has such a gentle way and the most cheerful stance gives such perspective of gratitude of life, no matter the obstacles it holds. Read her story, Sweet Zino, and be inspired.

With our theme being Living beyond cancer, cancer survivors, Oscar Chalupsky and Thami Tshabalala, tell us how they are doing just that in Paddling against the multiple myeloma tide and The Batsumi biker respectively.

Congratulations to CANSA on their 90-year anniversary! See how you can celebrate with them by donating. 

With Heart Awareness Month in September, cardiologist, Dr YT Singh, educates us on The golden hour of a heart attack. 

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Metastatic Prostate Cancer Patient Journey

Ferring in collaboration with The Prostate Cancer Foundation of South Africa are proud to present the first metastatic prostate cancer patient journey. This is the possible route of your treatment journey for your ease of reference and understanding. Click here to download a PDF of the metastatic prostate cancer patient journey. References Moul J, et al. Rising [...]

Sweet Zino

Zino Nyangule is the sweetest and most inspirational 14-year-old cancer survivor. Despite being blind, her take on life is extraordinary. Zino Nyangule (14) lives with her parents, Zuzeka and Advisor, in Far East Bank, Gauteng. She has four older siblings, two brothers and two sisters.  Germline mutation When Zino was around eight months old, her mother, Zuzeka, [...]

90 years of CANSA making a difference

Together with CANSA partners, Oncology Buddies congratulates CANSA for the 90 years of constant care and service to the cancer community. From small beginnings in 1931, CANSA grew and evolved throughout the years to what it is today. It’s thanks to numerous partnerships, many donations, and the utmost dedication and perseverance throughout these 90 years [...]

Adapting to enjoy full sexual intimacy

Dr Anthony Smith expands on ways to adapt after prostate cancer treatment so sexual function can be improved and sexual intimacy enhanced. The prostate’s anatomy is central to the nerves, muscles and vessels that supply the genitals so any damage to this area can have profound consequences. Its therefore no surprise that men fear this cancer and its potential to [...]

Carcinoma of the cervix

Dr Nirasha Chiranjan, a radiation oncologist, revises the epidemiology, risk factors, clinical manifestations and diagnosis of carcinoma of the cervix. South Africa has a high incidence of carcinoma of the cervix and it is a leading cause of cancer mortality. of all gynaecological cancers,  cervical cancer is the focus of the most government public policy work [...]

Diet and your heart

Dietitian, Berna Harmse, shares a diet checklist to help prevent or slow down the development of heart disease. Cardiovascular disease is a combination of illnesses of the heart, blood and arteries. High cholesterol, arteriosclerosis (hardening of arteries), heart failure, heart attacks and strokes are part of this.   Cholesterol  Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that is [...]

Mandla Zondo: lobbying hope

Mandla Zondo tells us how losing his brother to prostate cancer in the same year he was diagnosed motivated him to lobby hope and in turn co-found CanSurvive Kwa-Thema Support Group. Mandla Zondo (72) lives in Springs, Gauteng. He is married and has two children and six grandchildren.  Mandla started his yearly prostate cancer screening […]

Oscar Chalupsky: Paddling against the multiple myeloma tide

Olympian and former World Surfski Champion, Oscar Chalupsky, shares his upstream battle with multiple myeloma. Oscar Chalupsky (58) and his wife, Clare, alternate living in South Africa and Portugal. They have two adult children, Luke and Hannah. Success in the sports world started early for Oscar. He started competing internationally at age 14; made the [...]

Thami Tshabalala: the Batsumi biker

Thami Tshabalala, a Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor, tells us more about his treatment journey and his love for bikes. Thami Tshabalala (37) lives in Soweto, Gauteng.  Diagnosis In 2017, Thami had a persistent cough. “I went to the chemist and self-medicated as I don’t like going to doctors,” he explains. “However, it didn’t help so I got something else; [...]

The defence of the ovaries

Many oncology treatments may affect women’s fertility and ability to have children in the future. Thankfully, there are many options available to preserve the eggs in the ovaries before you start your oncology treatment. Dr Lizle Oosthuizen explains further. There are many strategies to limit the damage on the ovaries, such as surgically lifting them [...]

The golden hour of a heart attack

Cardiologist, Dr YT Singh, educates us on why and how a heart attack occurs and the importance of getting to a hospital within the golden hour. How does the heart function? To function, heart muscle needs an energy supply of oxygenated blood via three major coronary arteries: left anterior descending (LAD), right coronary artery and circumflex. At any time, [...]

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Jungle Oats Low-GI Bread

Yield: 2 small loaves INGREDIENTS: 1 cup warm milk (not boiling) 1 cup warm water (not boiling) 1 packet fast-acting yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons/10 g) 1 tablespoon honey 2 cups brown bread flour 1 cup Jungle Cooking Oats 2 cups Jungle Oat Bran Big pinch salt Optional: 1 cup roasted, shelled pistachio nuts or any other […]

Savoury Spanish Jungle Oats Bowls

Yield: 4 servings INGREDIENTS: Oatmeal 1 cup Jungle Oats, Large Tiger Oat Flakes 2 cups water ½ teaspoon salt, divided ¼ teaspoon pepper Mince Spray and cook 300g extra lean mince ½ onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, finely chopped Salt to taste Sauce and toppings 1 tin All Gold Peeled and Diced Tomato 1 tablespoon […]

Easy Blueberry Chia Overnight Jungle Oats

Yield: 1 serving INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup Jungle Oats (Large Tiger Oat Flakes or Cooking Oats) 2 tablespoon chia seeds 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup 1 packet Stevia /sweetener of choice 1/2 cup blueberries 3/4 cup low-fat milk METHOD: Mix the sweetener and milk together until sweetener is dissolved Layer your ingredients in the Mason […]

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