April 1, 2024 Word for Word Media

Bronwen Watson shares the lead-up and after-effects of having a craniotomy to remove a brain tumour.

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Bronwen Watson (42) lives in Centurion, Gauteng with her fur babies. Last year February, I awoke feeling strange. My vision was odd, and I felt a wave of nausea. As I stood up, my world started to move and I instantly fell to the floor. I put it down to overexertion from moving from JHB to Pretoria and work commitments. A few weeks later, I had…

March 31, 2023 Word for Word Media

Dr Daleen Geldenhuys educates us on how primary brain tumours are diagnosed and treated.

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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 brain. Malignant tumours of the brain can be subdivided into primary tumours that start in the brain versus secondary tumours that have metastasised from other primary cancers, such as lung, colon, breast and others. Some of the symptoms and signs of both primary…

May 30, 2019 Word for Word Media
Dr Nirasha Chiranjan informs us about the new developments in radiotherapy in the treatment of brain tumours. Radiotherapy can prolong survival in most malignant brain tumours and may be curative in others. In the setting of benign and malignant brain tumours, radiotherapy may be used solely; may be used before or after surgery; and may be used concurrently with chemotherapy.  Radiation works at a cellular level to damage the DNA of cancer cells thereby preventing cell division and inducing death of these cells1. The duration may vary from a single treatment to daily treatment for six weeks. Radiotherapy has evolved…

June 5, 2017 Word for Word Media

When you meet Dewald and Tina Botes, their love and care for each other is so evident and tangible. A couple’s love would need to be deep and rock solid to survive the shocking diagnosis of a frontal lobe brain tumour. We hear their astounding story.

Dewald Botes (55) lives in Lonehill, JHB with his wife, Tina. They have four children: Heinrich (Dewald’s son) and Charissa, Tianè and Juri (Tina’s children). After getting a second chance at love, and two and a half years of dating, Dewald and Tina made their commitment official by getting married. Nine months…