This issue’s theme is Speaking truth about your diagnosis and Magda Rall epitomises this In her words; the realness and truth in her descriptions are deeply felt.

Jocelyn Moodley shares her story of how an incredible team of doctors removed her salivary gland cancer leaving no facial scarring in My miracle surgery.  

To observe World Ovarian Cancer Day in May, be sure to read Know your hereditary risk for developing ovarian cancer and Ovarian cancer – frequently asked questions.

Find out more about Primary brain tumours, Bothersome bladders and The role of radiotherapy in skin cancer.

It ‘s with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Lara Noik, a loyal contributor. 

We honour and thank her for the valuable input her articles gave our readers and of course her great sense of humour. We send our deepest condolences to her family and friends. 

Enjoy this issue. 

Laurelle Williams
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IN THIS ISSUE

Jocelyn Moodley – My miracle surgery

Jocelyn Moodley tells us about her miracle surgery after being diagnosed with salivary gland adenoid cystic carcinoma and how living was far more important than her facial appearance. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies Jocelyn Moodley (50) lives in Alberton, Gauteng with her husband. They [...]

Salivary gland cancer

You can listen to this articles below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies ENT surgeon, Dr Mark Torres-Holmes, expands on salivary gland cancer and why a skilled surgeon is imperative to avoid nerve damage. Function of salivary glands We have both major and minor salivary glands secreting saliva into the mouth. The [...]

Ovarian cancer – Frequently Asked Questions

In observation of World Ovarian Cancer Day (8th May), the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition answers the most frequently asked questions regarding ovarian cancer. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies What are the ovaries? The ovaries are two small organs, each around the size of an [...]

Second-generation antiandrogens

We learn about new treatment options for advanced prostate cancer: second-generation antiandrogens. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies What is advanced prostate cancer (APC)? APC is diagnosed when treatments for localised prostate cancer have failed or when men present with symptoms of advanced disease. Prostate [...]

Know your hereditary risk for developing ovarian cancer

Genetic counsellor, Monica Araujo, helps us understand the hereditary risk and factors for developing ovarian cancer. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies What is ovarian cancer? The ovaries are a pair of female organs that produce hormones and eggs for sexual reproduction. In ovarian cancer, [...]

Magda Rall – In her words

Magda Rall was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer last year. She shares some profound writings of her experience and how she currently sees life. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies Magda Rall (75), a widow, lives in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. She has two adult children. Magda [...]

Allen Rizzi – The long tunnel

Prostate cancer survivor, Allen Rizzi, has written a book to help newly diagnosed men prepare for treatment. He tells us more. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies Allen Rizzi (74) lives in North Carolina, USA and Northern Italy with his wife. As I was cruising [...]

The role of radiotherapy in skin cancer

René Botha explains when radiotherapy is appropriate to be used as treatment for skin cancer and the types of skin cancer it can be used for. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies The skin is the largest organ of the body and skin cancer is [...]

Bothersome bladders

Dr Mia Hugo gives us a brief overview of how bothersome bladders may become bladder cancer. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies Where do we find bladder cancer? Bladder cancer is a world traveller, with a special liking for high income countries (HICs). It accounts [...]

Primary brain tumours

Dr Daleen Geldenhuys educates us on how primary brain tumours are diagnosed and treated. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies Tumours of the central nervous system are divided into distinct groups and varies in presentation and prognosis. There are benign and malignant tumours affecting the [...]

Telling your child’s teacher you have cancer

Avril de Beer explains the support advantages for your child when you inform their teacher about your cancer diagnosis. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies A cancer diagnosis is a life-altering experience. Every aspect of your life is affected by your diagnosis and your treatment. [...]

Delirium in cancer care

Dr Kerry-Ann Louw expands on why a cancer patient may experience delirium, the causes, treatment and prevention thereof. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies Delirium is a syndrome of brain dysfunction which presents with sudden onset of disturbance of awareness, attention, and cognitive function. Delirium [...]

The importance of sound nutrition after a cancer diagnosis

Dietitian, Berna Harmse, educates us on nutritional status and the outcome of cancer, and offers tips for nausea. Read more here.

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Speaking truth about your diagnosis – what does it mean to you? It was so interesting to hear the replies to this question. For Super Survivor, Lee-ann Goliath, she admits she wasn’t truthful to herself when facing her breast cancer diagnosis; read her story in Finally facing the truth.

Big C 2023

Word For Word Media are pleased to present The 2023 Big C Survivor’s Guide, with the focus being the top five cancers
in South African women and men
. We have also included the top five cancers affecting children. To all the survivors, our hope is that this booklet will assist in your journey, no matter how big or small, as long as you know you are not alone; we are here for you, we are oncology buddies.


 

Big C Online Directory

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