Oct-Nov 2022: I define me

 Welcome to our Oct/Nov issue and as we celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our theme is I define me so remember “My past has not defined me; destroyed me; deterred me or defeated me; it has only strengthened me.” 

When it comes to cancer, our Super Survivors inspire as they define themselves, “I can choose to let it define me; confine me; refine me; outshine me or I can choose to move on and leave it behind me.”

Let’s look at what’s in the mag. 

We can never have enough articles on Knowing your subtype of breast cancer; the quote “Don’t be so easily defined” applies here. So, read as we (multi-disciplinary team) get smarter at subtyping and treating on how cancers behave. 

Read about Radiotherapy in breast cancer: what you should know as there is so much misperception about this important treatment modality. Remember “Perception is a wave. You change as your perception of something changes because you define yourself as a reflection of whatever you happen to perceive.” 

A healthy lifestyle is always important and defining this is difficult and individual so believe in your dreams (of exercise and healthy eating…a daily challenge) and define yourself endlessly. Be yourself; but always better yourself. 

I defined The nipple – the signature of the breast and the issues that may arise. 

Finally, “Don’t let the world define you; your definition only needs to resonate with yourself.” “Follow your own star!”

Your Buddie For Life
Prof Carol-Ann Benn

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Super Survivor

Thato Moncho – My scars are my new journey

Thato Moncho tells us how she has accepted her breast cancer scars as her new ...


Is a vegan diet recommended for oncology patients?

October is Vegetarian Awareness Month and Meagan Atcheson explains the recommendations for oncology patients if ...



Celebrating 20 years of the Breast Health Foundation

Where are they now?

We catch up with four of our Super Survivors to see where they are now after ...

Know your subtype of breast cancer

Dr Ronwyn van Eeden explains the different subtypes of breast cancer and why treatment for ...

Ashleigh Longueira – Pretty in pink but in fight mode

Ashleigh Longueira tells us how getting a port and starting Pilates has been life-changing for ...

Gloves and roses

Despite not getting the correct treatment for her breast cancer, Anel Bezuidenhout is on a ...

Faulty genes: how to get them tested

Bianca Rossouw, a genetic counsellor, explains how faulty genes can cause cancer and why consulting ...


The nipple – the signature of the breast

Prof Carol-Ann Benn discusses general nipple concerns from discharges to eczema. If the breast is ...

Radiotherapy in breast cancer: what you should know

Dr Cattleya Gaspar educates us on radiotherapy in breast cancer to clear up any misinformation ...

The cost of bone health neglect

Dr Dirk Steyn, an orthopaedic surgeon, highlights the cost of bone health neglect and the ...


Breast cancer – Frequently asked questions

The Breast Health Foundation shares the most frequently asked questions about breast cancer that are ...

Living with metastatic cancer

For the patient living with metastatic cancer, learning to live with uncertainty is a daily ...

The theme for the Oct-Nov issue of Oncology Buddies is I define me. 

Word For Word Media are proud to present a new navigational concept, The 2022 Big Survivor’s Guide, to assist you, the patient, through the strenuous times and guide you through all the humps and bumps and prepare you with the many questions you need answered. Let’s walk and talk through diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.