Celebrate your age out loud is this issue’s theme and with that Avril de Beer explains How age plays a role in your treatment. Keeping age in mind, Ana Costa was surprised at how well her husband, Norberto, aged 65, has done during chemotherapy. Read their sweet story A real give and take.

I love how Dirk Human speaks openly about how his diagnosis caused him to feel depressed and how he quickly learnt the importance of sharing what he was feeling with his family for them to better understand what he was going through. Read Open and upfront in our special feature Oncology Man, plus Men in Crisis where Dr Chris van den Berg expands on the mental health of South African men.

Campaigning for Cancer gives sound advice to ensure you Get the best possible treatment, while GIST Support International educate us on Gastrointesrinal stromal tumours: frequently asked questions. 

Enjoy this issue!

Laurelle Williams
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IN THIS ISSUE

We have chosen to give

Tegan Bilse, oncology pharmacist at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, shares what a regular work week entails. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies It’s another day at a public hospital in SA. I dodge crowds of patients on my way in from the entrance, fetching [...]

Samantha Edwards – Shining through adversity

Samantha Edwards, a successful career woman and mother, shares her unexpected journey with colon cancer and how a basket of complementary therapies has aided her recovery. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies Samantha Edwards (42) lives in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal with her husband and two daughters, [...]

Know the symptoms of colorectal cancer

Dr Daniel Surridge expands on the symptoms and lack of symptoms in colorectal cancer. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies Cancer of the colon and rectum is caused by a slow-growing benign tumour of the bowel which becomes malignant later. It usually takes five to [...]

How is colorectal cancer diagnosed?

Dr Daniel Surridge explains the process of how colorectal cancer is screened and diagnosed. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies Since colorectal cancer has very few symptoms, it can be very hard to diagnose without specialised tests. You may not know that you have it [...]

Understanding melanoma

Dr Rakesh Newaj explains how melanoma develops and the risk factors to look out for. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies Melanoma, a term often heard but not always fully understood, is a type of cancer that originates from melanocytes (cells responsible for producing pigment, [...]

Understanding hereditary colorectal cancer syndromes

Monica Araujo delves into common hereditary colorectal cancer syndromes and sheds light on their potential links to breast cancer. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies Colorectal cancer remains a significant global health concern, affecting millions of individuals each year. While many cases are sporadic, a [...]

How is prostate cancer diagnosed?

Dr Shauli Minkowitz navigates the diagnostic landscape of prostate cancer in 10 easy steps. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies Prostate cancer, a prevalent health concern among all aging men especially black South Africans, demands early detection for effective management. The diagnostic journey often involves [...]

Jeff Kirby-Smith – The experience was a wake-up call

Jeff Kirby-Smith shares how his prostate cancer diagnosis prompted four of his friends to get their PSA levels tested, and advocates the importance of the urologist and oncologist working well together. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies Jeff Kirby-Smith (67) lives in Johannesburg, Gauteng with [...]

Shining brightly

Cancer warriors, Sarah Smit and Mandla Zondo, are shining brightly years after their respective cancer diagnoses. We chat to both. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies The gift of motherhood Sarah Smit (33) lives in Pretoria, Gauteng with her husband, Pieter, and three-year-old daughter, Zoey.  [...]

Hydration and cancer

Melody Fourie reintroduces us to the forgotten but attainable natural medicine: water. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies While most of us practise the ritual of bathing to cleanse the outside of our being, many forget to partake in the discipline of daily hydration as [...]

Bone health in multiple myeloma

Dr Garrick Laudin explains the effects of multiple myeloma on bone health and the treatments needed to preserve the bones. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies What is multiple myeloma? Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cell. The plasma cell is the fundamental [...]

The value of the MDT in oncology

Dr Shivona Moodley explains what a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) is and how it benefits the oncology patient. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies What is a multi-disciplinary team (MDT)? A multi-disciplinary team (MDT) is a group of healthcare professionals from various disciplines that are involved [...]

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RESOURCES

cover #63 BFL JJ2023

To honour Men’s Health Month (June), we feature Dr Langa Mbhele, a male breast cancer survivor on the cover, who admits that if his wife didn’t push him to get his nipple discharge seen to, he would have delayed it as much as possible. He also tells us about the transition From doctor to patient.

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

We still have The Big C Online Directory to help you find any A-Z listing of all things cancer related.