Nov 30, 2020 Word for Word Media

We hear how the Prostate Cancer Foundation came about and the success of their latest Suit Up September campaign. SA prostate cancer stats Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in South Africa (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer).  If prostate cancer is detected in the early stages, the chance of survival after five years is over 98%. However, if the cancer has spread (metastasised), only approximately 30% of men survive.  Black African men have a 60% higher risk for prostate cancer and are twice as likely than white males to die from the disease.  Early detection through age appropriate…

Nov 30, 2020 Word for Word Media
Dr Nirasha Chiranjan gives us a rundown on the facts about prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is among the most common cancers in men worldwide, with an estimated 1 600 000 cases and 366 000 deaths annually. The incidence generally rising with age; it is more likely to develop in older men, age 65 and older. The overall five-year survival rate is over 98%.  In developed areas, prostate cancer is increasingly being diagnosed when the tumour is confined to the prostate, due at least in part to screening with prostate-specific antigen (PSA). Risk factors Age: The incidence increases after the age…

Sep 30, 2020 Word for Word Media
Thulani Sibisi My prostate cancer marathon Prostate Cancer Foundation of South Africa’s Vice-Chairman of the Patient Affairs Board and Two Oceans Marathon winner, Thulani Sibisi, shares his prostate cancer marathon. Thulani Sibisi (67) lives in Soweto, Gauteng. He is separated from his wife and has two adult children. Urination problems In December 2012, Thulani started experiencing urination problems. He explains, “It would come out in dribs and drabs and I could feel that not all the urine had come out, as it felt like I still needed to go. This became a problem at night, as I had to go to the bathroom…

Sep 28, 2020 Word for Word Media
Dr Hugo Van Der Merwe simplifies the process of robotic surgery for our understanding. Robotic surgery is an enabling technology that allows a surgeon to perform more patient-friendly surgery. Currently there is only one commercially available robotic system called the Da Vinci Robotic System. How does it work? Basically, the surgeon will make (4 – 6) small incisions into the abdomen of the patient. Small ports are then placed through these incisions into the abdominal cavity. The surgeon will then connect, or dock, the robot onto these small ports. Fully-wristed instruments and a high-definition 3D camera are then introduced…

Jul 29, 2020 Word for Word Media

Regular exercise, eating well and looking after your general wellbeing are the core components of the Feel+® Programme for good reason; they are proven to have a positive impact on the overall health of men who are receiving hormonal therapy for prostate cancer. To help keep men following the Programme motivated and on track, we have launched the MyFeel+ Wellness Tracker; this aims to provide ongoing support between scheduled appointments to receive hormonal therapy. Watch the video for more info.

Feb 3, 2020 Word for Word Media

Prof James Ker expands on the risk of cardiovascular disease when treating prostate cancer. Global burden of cancer The Global Burden of Disease Cancer Collaboration described the cancer burden for 29 cancers in 195 countries1. In 2017, there were 24,5 million incident cancer cases worldwide of which prostate cancer (PC) contributed 1,3 million incident cases.  There has been improvement in cancer survival which has created a large and growing population of cancer survivors. About half of patients diagnosed with cancer will survive 10 years or longer2.  There are serious concerns that these cancer survivors could have increased medium-term to long-term risks for developing…

Nov 27, 2019 Word for Word Media
Dr Nirasha Chiranjan explains how prostate brachytherapy works. Prostate cancer Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide. Screening for prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels have led to prostate cancer being increasingly diagnosed.  Common symptoms of prostate cancer are difficulty urinating, reduced stream of urine, blood in the semen, erectile dysfunction and discomfort in the pelvic area. The initial treatment options for patients with non-metastatic prostate cancer consists of active surveillance, radical prostatectomy and radiotherapy.  The choice of treatment is determined by clinical stage, PSA level, Gleason score, patient preference, life expectancy, patient functional status and resource availability1-3. What…

Nov 27, 2019 Word for Word Media
Dr Sithembile Ngidi goes into detail about the three types of hormone therapy for prostate cancer and their side effects. Luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) agonists  Also called GnRH agonists, LHRH analogs, are injected as small implants under the skin. Depending on the drug used, they are given anywhere from once a month up to once a year e.g. leuprolide  and goserelin.  When LHRH agonists are first given, testosterone levels go up briefly before falling to very low levels. This effect is called testosterone flare and results from the complex way in which these drugs work.  Men who have urinary…

Nov 27, 2019 Word for Word Media
Chief Moabi tells us how he lives his life with prostate cancer, the side effects of hormone therapy, and how the Tsakane CanSurvive Support Group has helped him. Chief Moabi (67) lives in Tsakane, Gauteng with his wife, Nkele. They have one adult son (28) and two grandchildren. Four years ago, in 2015, Chief went to Tsakane Clinic for a check-up. He wasn’t in pain and was feeling fine. Though, every six months he would do a health check, checking for HIV, TB and the sorts. It was here where it was picked up that he may have prostate cancer. The…

Sep 30, 2019 Word for Word Media
Dr Sithembile Ngidi describes the different types of hormone therapy used to treat prostate cancer. To understand the who, what, where, why and how of hormone therapy, it’s important to start at the basics. That would be understanding the driving hormone behind prostate cancer and its treatment: testosterone.  Testosterone  This is the primary male hormone that’s key in the growth and function of sex organs, like the testes, prostate and other tissues.  Testosterone is an androgen (a natural steroid hormone) and promotes growth in tissues with androgen receptors. It exerts two types of effects on the body: Anabolic effects – growth of…

Sep 30, 2019 Word for Word Media
We hear how Pitso Majoro found out he had prostate cancer and how his wife, Marupine, dedicates her life to care for him. Pitso Majoro (81) lives in Soweto, Gauteng with his wife, Marupine. They have three adult children, two sons and a daughter, and one grandchild.  Diagnosed in 2016 In late December 2015, Pitso, then 77-years-old, complained about body pain, stiff muscles and insomnia. He also suffered urinary retention and constipation. Marupine rushed him to the emergency room. A urinary catheter was inserted and oral medication was prescribed. Five days later he was told to come in and get the catheter…

Jul 29, 2019 Word for Word Media
A surprisingly positive experience are not words that you would think would be associated with prostate cancer. Though, this is how Darren Robertson experienced his diagnosis. He tells us more. Darren Robertson (42) lives in Harfield Village, Cape Town with his wife, Loren and their daughter, Rebecca. Health check leads to diagnosis Darren never dreamt that he would be diagnosed with prostate cancer at the young age of 40, and never expected it to have been such a positive experience.  The financial planner decided to go for a full health check, in November 2018, because he was keen to boost his Discovery…