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…

April 1, 2024 Word for Word Media

We learn the factual reasons behind why you need more than everyday nutrition when facing a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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This is why day-to-day management of your emotional and physical well-being is of utmost importance.2 Focusing on nutritional support will help your body during treatment.3 When you have cancer, your body’s requirements for nutrients increase, which highlights the importance of including a variety of foods from all food groups daily to assist you to get all the essential nutrients that your body needs.3 How to avoid malnutrition Adopt a balanced diet Include a…

November 30, 2022 Word for Word Media
We find out more about how the new Eucerin Sun Actinic Control Fluid SPF 100 works by preventing actinic keratosis and non-melanoma skin cancer. Skin is much more than our body’s protective shield, it’s alive and reflects and affects how we feel inside. When our skin in healthy and radiant we feel comfortable and at one with ourselves. That is why Eucerin dedicates all their passion and expertise to your demanding sensitive skin. We develop clinically proven dermo-cosmetic solutions to protect, repair and sustain the health and beauty of your skin, giving you the feeling of confidence and well-being. For more…

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.

NMU Pfizer CANSA Pain app
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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…

July 29, 2022 Word for Word Media
June was National Blood Donor Month; and, 17-month-old Mackenzie “Mighty Mack” Friedman’s family is sharing her incredible story to encourage you to regularly donate blood and to register as a bone marrow stem cell donor. In May 2022, Mackenzie was declared cancer free. She reached this incredible milestone just over a year after she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), and 100 days after her successful bone marrow transplant. Without regular blood transfusions, Mackenzie wouldn’t have survived her cancer treatment and been able to have a successful bone marrow stem cell transplant. About AML AML occurs when young abnormal…

June 5, 2022 Word for Word Media
We find out more about the services offered by Busamed Modderfontein Oncology Centre. The Busamed Modderfontein Oncology Centre offers friendly, cost-effective oncology treatment in a safe and caring environment. The unit is managed by a team of leading highly-specialised radiation oncologists, radiation therapists, medical physicists, anaesthetist, psychologist, nurses, and admin staff. Evidenced-based treatment guidelines are used to accomplish the best clinical outcomes for their patients. The Busamed Modderfontein Oncology Unit is uniquely housed within Busamed Modderfontein Private Hospital, a fully acute multi-disciplinary healthcare facility comprising of a wide range of medical and surgical disciplines. This model allows for comprehensive…

June 1, 2022 Word for Word Media
We hear how Reona Naidoo (32) recovered in the comfort of her own home with Discovery Health Medical Scheme’s (DHMS) new Hospital at Home programme. Ever since Reona Naidoo had her spleen and a kidney removed in 2019, she’s been prone to picking up infections and being hospitalised. Luckily, with DHMS new Hospital at Home programme, Reona has this year been able to receive high-quality medical care in the comfort of her own home and avoid extended hospital stays. Hospital at Home offers 24/7 treatment and monitoring (both in-person and virtual) by a dedicated care team. In fact, Reona was one of the first…

July 29, 2020 Word for Word Media
This Nelson Mandela Day the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) gives back to cancer patients, those affected by cancer and caregivers by launching its CANSA Tele Counselling service.  The CANSA Tele Counselling service is confidential, professional, cancer-related telephonic counselling to cancer patients, caregivers and their families and parents or guardians of children living with cancer.  Counselling is available in seven languages (English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa, isiZulu, siSwati, Sesotho and Setswana) and is free of charge. Gerda Strauss, CANSA’s Head of Service Delivery says, “We challenge all to take action and to inspire change this Mandela Day, by donating and sponsoring 67 minutes of…

July 29, 2020 Word for Word Media

Di Christophers tells us about starting a new business, Beauty and Blessings, after surviving breast cancer. Di Christophers (57) stays in Johannesburg, Gauteng. She is divorced and has two adult children and two grandchildren. Why did you start Beauty and Blessings?  It was due to a traumatic experience I had whilst trying to buy headwear when I lost my hair. I was diagnosed with HER2-negative breast cancer in June 2018.  It was a very daunting experience. I was feeling overwhelmed at firstly losing my hair and secondly wearing headwear is not the norm for me, even in winter. I realised if I felt so overwhelmed, there…

February 3, 2020 Word for Word Media
We take a deeper look at sun protection and why you and your family should wear a certified UPF50+ sun hat not only in summer, but all year round to help prevent sun-damaged skin. Wearing a sun hat is the best way to provide instant shade coverage for your face and neck. However, not all hats offer the same amount of UV protection for your skin. How do you choose the right hat that not only looks good, but also protects you from the sun? Emthunzini UPF50+ sun hats  Emthunzini UPF50+ sun hats were the first hats to have been awarded the…

October 28, 2019 Word for Word Media

The three most common cancer treatments are surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. These may be applied on their own or in a combination of one other. Icon Oncology takes a closer look at radiotherapy and its experience. Receiving radiation therapy Radiotherapy is a common form of therapeutic treatment that uses ionising radiation to eradicate or damage cancer cells. While the ideal situation is to cut the cancer out, it can be attached to the blood vessels and lymphatic tissue and this might not be possible. In this case, radiotherapy, which is a non-invasive treatment, might be recommended. Radiotherapy takes place at…

September 30, 2019 Word for Word Media

We hear how easy and convenient it is to order medicine and health appliances via Medipost. Shopping for one’s medicine and health appliance requirements can be an inconvenient and even an uncomfortable experience if you have to visit a pharmacy in person. Particularly, if you need to request health-related items of a personal nature. South Africa’s largest national courier pharmacy has made it easier than ever to order everything from self-medication products and chronic medicines to ostomy and urology appliances, as well as continence care products from the privacy of your home. “There are few things more precious than health…