Mar/Apr 2020 – The Boys Club

As the world fears a new cold virus; and markets tumble and “uncertainty” is the new buzzword, read these inspiring stories to remind you of the words of Peter Pan, “All it takes is faith and trust.” and you too can fly.

Our Super Survivor story highlights an inspirational partner and this is so important when walking the strange road of a cancer diagnosis.

As Zeus said in Hercules, “A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.” Be a hero to your partner.

I encourage you to actively send and disseminate the What’s up Doc questions so no one is rushed into treatment. Elastigirl from The Incredibles has the best advice, “Your identity is your most valuable possession. Protect it.

The Emperor in Mulan says, “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” You are a flower, an object of beauty. This is seen time and time again in our Super Survivor stories.

Dr Carrie Minnaar inspires me with her work on hyperthermia; I am reminded of the quote from Rapunzel in Tangled, “Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it.” Her work further emphasises the innovative changes we are seeing in cancer treatment, from immunotherapy to allied care. We are living as Thriver Survivors.

Walt Disney said, “I believe in being an innovator.” You are! So, spread the Buddies message.

Your Buddie For Life

Prof Carol-Ann Benn

Cover photo by Megan Carruthers |


Super Survivor


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Chemo brain – don’t forget to remember

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Don’t get hustled or incorrectly diagnosed

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Total cancer pain

Sr Rowan Robinson describes the different types of pain caused by cancer and treatment thereof as well as the concept ...

The clinical breast examination

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What’s Up Doc – questions to ask your doctors

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Hyperthermia and breast cancer

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