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!

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IN THIS ISSUE

A Weakness To Die For

About the book  A leading and popular Cape Town women’s rights lawyer, arts patron and doting patriarch, Peter Truman finds his utopian world turned upside down. Usually adept at coping, the pressures mount whilst caring for his beloved wife, Amanda, in her cancer recovery, and still being the perfect father to their daughter. Extended to [...]

Transitioning from cancer treatment

Gabriella Kourie offers simple ways to make transitioning from cancer treatment to your new normal that much gentler. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies Many cancer survivors have reported that although they had good information and support during their illness, once treatment stops and they [...]

Graeme Le Roux – It was a no-brainer

Graeme Le Roux tells us how cryoablation saved him from having major surgery, to remove a cancerous tumour, that would have left him with a urostomy bag. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies Graeme Le Roux (56) lives in Kloof, KwaZulu-Natal with his wife, Nicci, [...]

How are GISTs diagnosed?

Dr Daleen Geldenhuys explains the diagnosis process of gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GISTs) and how targeted therapy has made it a treatable cancer. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies Gastrointestinal stromal tumours likely originate from the interstitial cells of Cajal. These cells are the pacemaker cells [...]

Reframing sexuality for men on ADT

The management of sexual dysfunction caused by androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for prostate cancer is a critical aspect of survivorship; Dr Jireh Serfontein expands on this. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies Prostate cancer is a prevalent malignancy in men, and androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) [...]

Encouraging men to open up about prostate cancer: A guide for families

Robert Teunissen explores strategies to help men be open about their prostate cancer and offers families simple approaches to support their loved ones through this challenging journey. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies Prostate cancer is a significant health concern that affects many men worldwide. [...]

Is cancer a matter of life and debt?

René Botha gives sound advice to help you understand what your medical aid or insurance will cover and how to avoid unwanted debt. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies Receiving a cancer diagnosis is very overwhelming. You are given a vast amount of information in [...]

Unveiling the invisible scalpel: Gamma Knife surgery

Dr Sylvia Rodrigues explores the power of Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and why it’s becoming an increasingly preferred choice for patients with various brain conditions. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies Gamma Knife SRS is a cutting-edge medical procedure that offers precise, non-invasive treatment [...]

How does the SANBS STS Department help cancer patients?

We all know that blood donations saves lives, but how does the Specialised Therapeutic Services Department at The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) help cancer patients? We learn more. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies SANBS is committed to providing blood products and services [...]

Innovation as a life process

Sandra Bollen-Hughes unpacks the term innovation and depicts how it can be used in your cancer journey. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies To get juices flowing when writing about a topic, it’s often useful to look up the definition of the main concept. With [...]

Radiotherapy: the powerful and versatile ally

Radiotherapy is one of the pillars of cancer treatment. We take an in-depth look at what this treatment modality can achieve. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies Radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery serve as the cornerstone of cancer treatment, offering hope and healing to millions around [...]

Dylan-Jay Vankeirsbilck: My first-ever operation

In honour of International Cancer Survivors Day, Dylan-Jay Vankeirsbilck shares his experience of his first-ever operation, a full neck dissection, that eventually led to an oesophageal cancer diagnosis. You can listen to this article below, or by using your favourite podcast player at pod.link/oncologybuddies Dylan-Jay Vankeirsbilck (34) lives in East London. In March 2022, while [...]

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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.