Sept/Oct 2018 – Fight like a girl

When I look at the fabulous cover, the Muhammad Ali quote: “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” comes to mind. The butterfly represents survivorship (and gardens; Dr Kriel has started an amazing initiative, based on an excellent study, looking at how gardening improves survivorship. What an amazing spring and summer project!) 

The butterfly also represents, to me, navigation. As it flits from flower to flower. Each patient being a different flower – beautiful with her own fragrance, and some like me…with thorns. 

The bee sting represents…possibly cancer; the biopsy (read about the different types). The production of propolis – let’s look at health and gut probiotics. 

And the fight – our Super Survivors who make the inspirational quote “Don’t count the days, make the day’s count” a reality. 

Buy a mag; advertise and contribute to this amazing initiative that salutes our tenacious patients.

Your Buddie for Life  

Prof Carol-Ann Benn



Cover Photo by Chantal Drummond Photography  |  info@chantaldphoto.co.za  |  www.chantaldphoto.co.za

Make-up by: Chris Williams – Estée Lauder

Body painting by: Image Alchemy

Body paint sponsored by: Kryolan


Tbo-filgrastim biosimilar approved

Dr Georgia Demetriou tells us about the new biosimilar to filgrastim, called tbo-filgrastim, that has recently been registered for use in South Africa. About filgrastim Filgrastim, or short-acting granulocyte colony-stimulating ...

Mindfulness improves sexual experience

Whether you’re undergoing, or have completed treatment and figuring out the new normal, a fundamental part of life that is almost always overlooked is sexual health. Clinical sexologist, Catriona Boffard, ...

Growing as a breast cancer survivor

Dr Inge Kriel explores a recent study that shows gardening has great health benefits for cancer survivors. Transitioning from cancer patient to cancer survivor can be quite challenging. This process ...

Navigation: part and parcel

Clinical patient navigator, Zamokuhle Mguli, brings relief by explaining that there is no extra cost for navigation, and it is part and parcel to the package of care. Medical treatment ...

Breast Health Foundation

The Breast Health Foundation hosted a cancer comfort care bag drive on Friday 20 July. With the support of private individuals and corporates they packed 667 cancer comfort care bags. These bags will be handed out to chemotherapy patients in the public health system throughout South Africa.

A moment that defines you

We hear the respective reasons why five non-cancer patients shaved their heads when breast cancer patient, Angela Nel, lost her hair. Angela Nel (38) lives in Vereeniging, Gauteng, with her ...

Gut health and cancer treatment

Keeping your stomach regular has a huge effect on your general well-being and comfort. Dietitian, Berna Harmse, shares tips to keep your gut healthy during active cancer treatment. It might ...

We need to biopsy this…

Your radiologist tells you “We need to put a needle in this.” The thoughts running through your mind are most probably: “What exactly does that mean?” and “Is this an ...

But it’s natural?

Kyara Bergstrom educates us on the difference between complimentary therapy and alternative therapy, and when best to use either one. Firstly, we need to distinguish the difference between complementary therapy  and ...

Oral care during cancer treatment

Dirna Grobbelaar, Ivohealth’s oral hygiene advisor, shares tips to prevent oral complications during cancer treatment, and advice on what to do, should they arise.  It’s quite common to experience oral health ...

The advances of radiotherapy in early breast cancer treatment

Dr Yael Mark explains the importance of radiotherapy, and the progress it has made in early breast cancer treatment. HOW COMMON IS BREAST CANCER? Worldwide breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed ...

Moving mountains

Mother of two, Izelle Pretorius, not only beat cancer but achieved her goal of completing the Ironman 70.3. She now continues to move mountains for other cancer patients. Izelle Pretorius (40) ...

Netcare cancer care facilities

Netcare’s cancer care facilities are located across South Africa to facilitate easy access to cutting-edge cancer treatment. Breast Care Centre of Excellence Gauteng: Netcare Milpark Hospital, Gamma Knife Icon centre

Unzipping the doors to comfort – Mediport Health Wear T-shirt

We hear how Angelique Schlebusch designed an easy port-access T-shirt after witnessing a family member struggle with discomfiture during chemotherapy sessions. Angelique Schlebusch (39) lives in Pretoria, Gauteng. Seed is planted ...

Owning her battle – Pumla Ngamlana

Pumla Ngamlana (48) tells us how she took control of her battle against breast cancer and the victory she gained by doing this. Pumla Ngamlana (48) lives in Liefde en ...

Different types of breast cancer – lobular

Prof Carol-Ann Benn introduces a series on the different types of breast cancer. The first cancer she tells us about is lobular breast cancer: the lazy psychopath. The psychopath profile of ...

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