Welcome to the April/May issue; the issue where we feature male cancer survivor stories. This issue Lincoln Chipembere, a testicular cancer survivor, shares his story with us. Read how he, with the extraordinary support from his fiancé, has navigated his way through his recent diagnosis in Making every shot count.
With our theme Choose a healthier you, Wendy Vermaak’s article Defining fitness and physical activity levels is so interesting and gives insight on how to measure your levels. While oncology pharmacist, Lailaa Cajee, educates us on Drug safety in the home which in turn also contributes to a healthier you.
We are so pleased to have Feni Motshwane, Integrated School Health Programme Manager, National Department of Health, update us on the HPV school-based vaccine campaign. Well done to all involved and may this campaign continue in success.
Another celebratory article for the public sector is Public Hospital Prostate Brachytherapy Programme. Due to a successful joint training workshop, 50 early prostate cancer patients will be treated with prostate brachytherapy at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital this year. Another win for early prostate cancer patients! Enjoy this issue and always choose a healthier you.
IN THIS ISSUE
We learn how nutritional support can help manage side effects during cancer treatment.
In the Apr/May issue of Buddies For Life we see this in our male Super Survivor, Emidio Ribeiro – My body might have cancer in it, but my soul doesn’t. These words demonstrate that he still has hope and resilience despite his diagnosis and that sure adds to his mental and spiritual health. Focusing on physical health and diet, occupational therapist, Gabriella Kourie, gives insight on Exercise post-surgery and radiation guidelines while dietitian, Annica Rust, shares Food safety tips during your cancer journey.
Word For Word Media are proud to present a new navigational concept, The 2022 Big Survivor’s Guide, to assist you, the patient, through the strenuous times and guide you through all the humps and bumps and prepare you with the many questions you need answered. Let’s walk and talk through diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.