June 2, 2024 Word for Word Media

Radiotherapy is one of the pillars of cancer treatment. We take an in-depth look at what this treatment modality can achieve.

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Radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery serve as the cornerstone of cancer treatment, offering hope and healing to millions around the globe. Radiotherapy has the ability to deploy high-energy particles or rays to target and eradicate cancer cells; it represents a powerful weapon in the fight against cancer. Chemotherapy takes a systemic route, deploying powerful drugs to seek out and…

April 1, 2024 Word for Word Media

Technological advancements in cancer diagnostics play a critical role in improving cancer treatment outcomes.

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By precisely determining the location, size, stage and molecular characteristics of tumours, early detection rates of metastatic and recurrent disease can be improved, and advancement in effective personalised therapies can continue. The global increase in cancer-related mortality highlights the urgency of these advancements. Various technologies are utilised in diagnostic radiology, such as X-rays, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and ultrasound (using sound waves), as well as…

February 7, 2024 Word for Word Media

Melody Fourie reintroduces us to the forgotten but attainable natural medicine: water.

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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 an offering to cleanse the inside of our being. Depriving your body of the clean water it needs for natural bodily functions begins a domino effect of destruction. Days, weeks, months, and even decades of dehydration stress on the body may be the…

February 7, 2024 Word for Word Media

Dr Shivona Moodley explains what a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) is and how it benefits the oncology patient.

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What is a multi-disciplinary team (MDT)? A multi-disciplinary team (MDT) is a group of healthcare professionals from various disciplines that are involved in cancer management who come together and collaborate with the intention to optimise patient care. The key aims are to improve communication, decision-making and coordination of care. Medical and allied healthcare care professionals engage in a closed forum to discuss each patient’s case,…

July 31, 2023 Word for Word Media

 Fiona Hardie explains the benefits of breathwork when preparing your child for treatment or surgery.

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Witnessing a child go through illness and surgery is traumatic and heart-breaking. As parents, you feel powerless, helpless and terrified but try hard to remain stoic and brave in front of them. Imagine their sense of overwhelming fear.  How often have you heard someone say “Just breathe” when you’re stressed? There is, however, help in the form of the breath, and it can assist not only your precious child but you too….

May 31, 2023 Word for Word Media

Dr Sarita Retief explains why fevers are emergencies in cancer patients and explains the four probable causes.

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Fevers are a common and worrisome symptom in cancer patients. Causes can broadly be divided in four categories: Infections during immune suppression after chemotherapy. Other incidental infections. Paraneoplastic fever. Treatment-related fever. A fever is an emergency As an oncologist in training, one of the first lessons you learn, is that fever in an oncology patient, most of the times, constitutes an emergency. This is especially true if the patient had chemotherapy within…

March 31, 2023 Word for Word Media

Dr Kerry-Ann Louw expands on why a cancer patient may experience delirium, the causes, treatment and prevention thereof.

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Delirium is a syndrome of brain dysfunction which presents with sudden onset of disturbance of awareness, attention, and cognitive function. Delirium is the most common neuropsychiatric complication we see in patients with cancer. The prevalence rate of delirium is up to 30% on hospital admission and up to 85% in the terminal phase of illness. Delirium is often missed because it has a fluctuating…

November 29, 2022 Word for Word Media
You need more than sleep to restore yourself to the point where you feel well-rested. Prioritise yourself by focusing on getting the right type of rest you need to feel refreshed and re-energised. Rest and play are as vital to our health as nutrition and exercise. – Brené Brown We often complain about being exhausted with no energy to do the things we really want to do. How do we solve this problem? Getting more sleep is not the answer. We think we should be well-rested because we sleep eight hours every night but sleep and rest are not the same thing. According…

October 11, 2022 Word for Word Media

We learn more about the free CANSA Pain Manager App, brought to you by The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), in association with the Centre of Community Technology at Nelson Mandela University (CCT), sponsored by Pfizer.

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Unfortunately, unnecessary pain is often experienced by patients during their cancer journey. Through the app, CANSA aims to help close the care gap for patients and caregivers with information to cope better with challenges linked to pain, lower stress levels, and help them take charge of their lives while facing cancer.  COVID-19…

October 1, 2022 Word for Word Media
Dr Ria David details why follow-up care after cancer treatment is of utmost importance. The term cancer survivor refers to any person who has been diagnosed with cancer. Survivorship encompasses the period from diagnosis, through active treatment, chronic or intermittent disease to cure or end-of-life care.  In the period following active treatment of a cancer, follow-up and regular monitoring is important to detect several complications: Disease recurrence. Development of short- and long-term physical complications of the previous cancer and its treatment. For example, lymphoedema, cardiovascular disease, chronic fatigue and sexual dysfunction. Detection of other chronic illnesses in an aging population. Surveillance for psychological effects…

July 29, 2022 Word for Word Media
Avril de Beer shares tips for both parent and child for managing school or university during treatment. Teenagers and young adults have left childhood behind, but they are not fully matured adults. At this stage of their lives, they are striving for autonomy from their parents while making plans for their future. Being diagnosed with cancer is an overwhelming experience; it may feel as if your entire world has been turned upside down. Continuing with schoolwork or university studies can help keep a sense of normalcy during this gruelling time. Taking action: obtaining a treatment plan First things first, discuss your teenager or young adult’s diagnosis and treatment plan with the treating physician who will be able to provide you…

June 1, 2022 Word for Word Media

We learn more about how the CANSA Help Desk works and the people who run it.  About the CANSA Help Desk Approximately 12 000 queries per year are received across all CANSA platforms. The Help Desk function covers emails received, comments on the website, queries via national and regional Facebook pages and via their three Facebook Support Groups (for patients, caregivers and parents of children with cancer), Twitter and Instagram, and also via their English and Afrikaans WhatsApp line and their African languages WhatsApp line (isiXhosa, isiZulu, siSwati, Sesotho and Setswana).

CANSA Debbie van Wyk
CANSA Help Desk Manager…