Dec21/Jan22 – Family Ties

As the year comes to an end it’s always good to reflect on what is important (family and gratitude) and remember “Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones that would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.”

In this issue there are excellent articles, from understanding our genes (not the ones I’m battling to get into), such as Genetics in cancer, to understanding cancer cells and pathology in The evolution of pathology. Genes may be our nuts and bolts and genetic family ties; “Family ties mean that no matter how much you might want to run from your family, you can’t” or as Rafiki says in The Lion King “You see? He lives in you.” But whilst we can’t change them (our family or genes), remember “Family is not defined by our genes, it is built and maintained through love.” 

I love the Seeds and nuts article; yes I’m going to up my nut intake (after all you are what you eat), and sticking with the theme, “Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts.” 

Ending the year with gratitude: Thanks to the Buddies team that work so hard to ensure these amazing mags come out, “Some people are worth melting for.” – Olaf.

To all my wonderful patients “Ohana means family and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.” – Stitch. Be safe and know we are all part of a global family “Because when I look at you, I can feel it. And I look at you and I’m home.” – Dory

Your Buddie For Life
Prof Carol-Ann Benn

In this issue


Nutritional support during cancer treatment

We learn how nutritional support can help manage side effects during cancer treatment. A cancer ...

Seeds and nuts: add crunch to your daily food choices

Dietitian, Berna Harmse, says including more seeds and nuts to your daily meals is a ...


Genetics in cancer

Megan Scott helps us understand how genetics play a role in developing cancer and the ...

Hereditary breast cancer genes

We learn about the different hereditary breast cancer genes, with BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 being ...

In discussion with a genetic counsellor

In your cancer journey you may be referred to a genetic counsellor and may not ...


The concept of prehabilitation

Gabriella Kourie unpacks the concept of prehabilitation: consulting an oncology trained rehabilitation therapist at the ...

The BRCA SA Support Group

We find out more about The BRCA SA Support Group and why sisters, Wilmari Nieuwenhuizen ...

To laugh or cry? When morbid humour works a charm

Lara Noik, a social worker and breast cancer survivor, shares why she chose to laugh ...


The evolution of pathology: From Jurassic Park to Avatar

Professor Carol-Ann Benn explains how the connecting of two worlds, the old Jurassic Park world and ...

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