Oncology

This section covers critical information on all types of cancer and treatment.

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Oncology

Testicular cancer: facts & fiction

Between the Movember messaging, yellow wristbands and old wives’ tales, there’s a lot of information doing the rounds about testicular cancer. Not all of it is accurate, though. We spoke to a Mediclinic urologist to separate the facts from fiction.

Oncology

Back to work during/after chemo

Starting work again after chemotherapy or while undergoing it needn’t be a mental obstacle course. Here’s how you can cope – or help a colleague in this situation.

Magazine

His and hers

Husband and wife Graeme and Jeannie Comrie discovered breast cancer isn’t just a women’s disease – when they were both diagnosed with it on the same day.

Healthy Life

Can men really get breast cancer?

Yes, they can – and most of them never see it coming. Dr Michiel Botha, a radiation oncologist at Mediclinic George, explains the risks.

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Check yourself

‘Cancer’ and ‘good news’ don’t usually live together in the same sentence. But they can, says media personality and testicular cancer survivor Mark Pilgrim… if you get yourself checked in time.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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Expert Articles

Cancer sensei

When Conn Bertish, the executive creative director of an advertising agency, was diagnosed with a rare strain of brain cancer, he turned his creative thinking into a digital cancer initiative called Cancer Dojo.

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Beating cervical cancer

New strides in the detection, treatment and prevention of cervical cancer mean that it can be beaten. Here, a survivor tells her story and we look at the potential of the HPV vaccine.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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Cardiology

Dealing with treatment

Mark Pilgrim talks about how to deal with treatment and how your loved ones can support you through this tough time.

Oncology

Become a bone-marrow stem cell donor

The Sunflower Fund is the only NPO in South Africa responsible for the education and recruitment of bone marrow stem cell donors. We spoke to them to find out more.

Oncology

Testicular cancer

Testicular cancer is most common in men between the age of 15 and 39. The good news is it’s highly curable and can be treated effectively, especially if found early.

Oncology

12 questions to ask your doctor about breast cancer

You’ve just heard that the biopsy results indicate you have breast cancer. Here’s how to prepare for your next appointment.

Oncology

Men and breast cancer: risk factors

Men and women share some of the same risk factors when it comes to developing breast cancer. Here are the risk factors for men.

Oncology

Detecting breast cancer

You should be checking your breasts regularly for any changes that may indicate an underlying problem like breast cancer.

Oncology

National Bandana Day

Support National Bandana Day on 12 October 2014 and become a donor – it’s a simple procedure (and not that painful!).

Oncology

So you’ve found a lump. What now?

During your own monthly breast lump self-exam, you may feel a lump under the skin. At this stage, it’s important not to panic – it may not be breast cancer but you’ll need to get it checked out by a doctor immediately. Here’s what to expect…

Oncology

Preparing for chemotherapy

Here are a few tips to bear in mind when preparing for cancer treatment.

Expert Articles

More about biopsies

The first needle biopsy of the liver was done in 1895 but didn’t become routine practice until 50 years later.

Oncology

Oncotype DX test

The Oncotype DX test is a painless procedure, which ‘rates’ the risk of cancer recurrence and may mean you won’t need chemo.

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