New Frontiers – Mar/Apr 2017

Hello Buddies,

I am writing this from London (cold and rainy), wishing I had my ‘umbrella’ – read about the importance of oncology care, and the insights of our clever oncologists highlighting how medicine has changed over the decades.

I watched the movie Doctor Strange on the plane and was very taken by how easy life directions can change, and the power of the mind. Throughout this issue, from the powerful words of our Super Survivors to our On The Chemo Couch feature, I am struck by the concept of the brilliant breakthroughs we have seen in treating cancer from diagnosis – dense breasts – to surgery and oncology. Furthermore, there has been an addition of another dimension of care (navigation, survivorship and nutrition).

Get your hands on the mag; gift it to a friend; encourage advertising of this wonderful source of holistic knowledge. Keep warm, and embrace the changes in cancer care no matter how ‘strange’.

To misquote The Ancient One from Doctor Strange to when we see the decades of change in cancer care. “We are looking at the world through a keyhole, whilst trying our whole life to widen that keyhole. To see more. To know more. And now on hearing that it can be widened, in ways we can’t imagine, we must not reject the possibility.”

Your Buddie for Life

Prof Carol-Ann Benn

Navigation with Krupa Parekh-Padia

I often have people stare at me blankly when I introduce myself as the patient navigator at Netcare Milpark Breast Care Centre of Excellence. I actually had one of my ...

Super Survivors with Laurelle Williams

In this day and age, breast cancer treatment has advanced immensely. We take a look at four Super Survivors – Anne Kojetin, Dilean Nagal, Rita Mphokwane, and Emily Tselane – ...

Under the Knife with Prof Carol-Ann Benn

The Umbrella of care. I am often asked, “If I have a bilateral mastectomy (both breasts) or just remove one, will I avoid chemotherapy?” or “If I need radiation, do ...

A day in the life with Kathryn Malherbe

I have dense breast tissue…but what does it mean? A popular topic in the latest breast cancer research has been the relation between dense breast tissue and the increased risk ...

Eat Well with Amanda Kuit

Amanda Kuit talks nutrigenomics - the next generation food-medicine for better health. This insight creates opportunities to prevent disease and improve quality of life through food and tailored diets. Food ...

Real Talk with Rianette Leibowitz

Are we only knocking on social media doors? When last did you call a friend or have a friend call you? Or are your relationships dependent on digital technology? It is ...

Side Effects with Dr Sumayya Ebrahim

Vaginal laser as a treatment option for vaginal atrophy after menopause or cancer treatment shows great promise. The main attraction being that it is a non-hormonal alternative. Early studies show ...

The New You with Tanya Loots

Restoration of the nipple and areola (the ring of pigmented skin around the nipple) are an integral part of the reconstructive process. Restorative mastectomy tattooing – also known as dermapigmentation ...

One-on-One with Laurelle Williams

From teacher to breast cancer survivor, from Reach for Recovery (RFR) volunteer to Reach for Recovery International (RRI) President, and now recently elected to sit on the Union for International Cancer ...

On the Chemo Couch with Samantha Noon

Samantha Noon (45) shares how the phrase her surgeon used all the time “It is what it is” soon became her mantra. I was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer in ...

New on the Market with Sysmex

The growing understanding of cancer pathophysiology, and the systematic development of diagnostic and therapeutic solutions are leading to improved quality of life for cancer patients around the world. To continue ...