Dec 2, 2021 Word for Word Media
The two-day 13th Annual Haematology Oncology Symposium was held at Lagoon Beach Hotel, Cape Town in October. It can be agreed that many attendees were particularly excited for a face-to-face conference after a long period of virtual meetings. As Dr Hannes Koornhof, Chairman of The South African Clinical Haematology Society (SACHaS), said, “This year’s conference is a particularly special one owing to the prolonged period of separation we have been through in the past 18 months. It was perhaps a controversial decision, given the times, to proceed with a physical conference. The desire for a physical meeting, however, was tangible and…

Sep 30, 2019 Word for Word Media
The first South African Congress of Oncology (SACO) was held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in August. The inaugural South African Congress of Oncology reflects the strength in multi-disciplinary teamwork. It kicked-off with two pre-congress workshops: supportive and palliative care focussing on communication, and neuro-oncology in collaboration with Society for Neuro-Oncology Sub-Saharan Africa (SNOSSA) and Paediatric Brain Tumour Workgroup (PBTW). The first Archbishop Desmond Tutu Distinguished Lecture was delivered by Prof David Stones, retiring HOD of Paediatric Oncology at the University of Free State, speaking on the role and need for early diagnoses.  International speakers Our international…

May 30, 2019 Word for Word Media
A dedicated oncofertility session was held at the SASREG – ISGE and ESGE Congress 2019. The International Society for Gynaecologic Endoscopy (ISGE) and the European Society of Gynaecological Endoscopists (ESGE) 2019 Congress was hosted by the South African Society for Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Endoscopy (SASREG) in Cape Town from 14 – 17 April. The theme was Endoscopy in Africa and Beyond and presented a great opportunity for African and international endoscopists to share ideas, teach skills and improve knowledge in this field.  One of the highlights of the congress was the oncofertility session. This is where the oncology and…

May 30, 2019 Word for Word Media
Free oral, head and neck cancer screenings were offered on 10 April at Menlyn Maine Central Square, in Pretoria, by Oral Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week (OHANCAW) South Africa. The US Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (HNCA), along with more than 400 national and international screening sites, offered individuals to get screened for oral, head and neck cancers during the 20th annual OHANCAW, which runs from 8 to 15 April.  The community was invited to participate in free head and neck screening. Individuals received a thorough exam and learned more about the symptoms of head and neck cancers, which include:…

Feb 5, 2019 Word for Word Media

Prof Georgia Demetriou tells us about the happenings of the South African Society of Medical Oncology (SASMO) Conference 2018. It was with great excitement that we arrived at Durban International Convention Centre for a weekend of interaction with colleagues in the field of medical oncology, oncology pharmacy, clinical haematology, and fertility preservation of cancer patients.  The primary objective was to develop and enhance the collaboration between all healthcare professionals involved in managing cancer patients in an open and equitable environment. About SASMO SASMO represents and furthers the interests of medical oncologists and oncology patients in the healthcare sector. We seek to…

Sep 26, 2018 Word for Word Media
We hear the remarkable story of how a partnership between a private oncology centre and a government hospital saved lives and proved the value of working together. The need and solution The East London CancerCare Oncology Centre planned to replace their linear accelerator. An alternative was needed for their patients to receive radiation therapy from February 2018 to June 2018. Frere Hospital was approached to provide a care management platform for the private patients during this time.  The process Eighty-four East London CancerCare patients were treated through 1523 treatment encounters at the Frere Hospital Oncology Unit, and were spared…

Sep 26, 2018 Word for Word Media
The 5th Independent Clinical Oncology Network (ICON) conference was recently held at Century City Conference Centre, in Cape Town, and proved to be a successful and enlightening meeting. Central to ICON is the desire to increase access to affordable and sustainable cancer care, which in the modern oncology era is becoming ever more challenging. As a result, this year ICON chose to focus on outcomes and value-based care.  The intention of the meeting was to explore the important, but difficult, interface between ensuring the highest quality treatment and care for patients, while functioning within the financial limitations of the…

Jul 27, 2017 Word for Word Media

The Cuppa For CANSA season is officially open. For the 2017 Cuppa season, CANSA will be running a ‘healthier option’ recipe competition. It is now up to you to come up with that winning recipe!

“Cuppa For CANSA is a fun way to raise money for the work CANSA does in local communities. The concept can be adapted to countless situations and allows the hostess total ‘artistic control’. A Cuppa can be big or small; with family, friends or colleagues; and be held at any venue. This year…

Jul 26, 2017 Word for Word Media
What happens when you give eight courageous breast cancer survivors a glitzy dress, several dance lessons and a handsome man as a dance partner? Absolute magic! Fred Astaire Dance Studios South Africa held their second fundraising event Dancing with the Survivors in aid of The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) at Avianto in June. We are proud to say two of our Super Survivors, Lillian Dube and Nqobile Mazibuko, sizzled on the dance floor, just as the other fabulous survivors – Annabelle Lombard, Sandra Casilli, Marcelle Vorster, Petra Nortje, Ilse Pretorius and Etrecua Wentzel – did. Just under…