Sept/Oct 2019 – Badge of Honour

Spring at last! Breast Cancer Awareness Month next, followed by Movember, 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Abuse and then Silly Season.

As Robin Williams, a great actor who is sorely missed, said “Spring is nature’s way of saying let’s party.” When we have awareness, we remember the winter of those gone but celebrate our Super Survivors, as they are the blossoms that remind us that “Spring breathes new life into the world around us. 

The breakthroughs in oncology are like bulb cultivars in that we can create and develop new medicines to improve life. The magazine is filled with useful information from navigation to inspiring kids and getting your kitchen spring ready. 

Be nice, encourage holistic healthcare, hold a hand and ensure no rushed medical decisions. Don’t rush into cancer surgery before understanding your options. 

Remember the wise words of Robert H. Schuller, “Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come. 

Your Buddie for Life  

Prof Carol-Ann Benn


Cover photo by Joalet Reyneke Photography  |  Make-up by Beautimarked  |  Location: Thaba Eco Hotel


SUPER SURVIVORS

LIFESTYLE

Meet the Bed Buddies

We hear how five ladies became bed buddies after sharing a room in a high-care ...

The importance of self-care

Dr Nelia Drenth emphasises why self-care is a lifestyle and not an emergency response. Self-care; ...

AWARENESS

Caring for the caregiver

Cancer patients are supported by professional caregivers, and family and friends, who may also play ...

Knitted Knockers

The Wits students of the Division of Human Genetics, in collaboration with The Yarn Tree, ...

Dealing with constipation

Sue Serebro offers toileting tips that will ease constipation and assist with healthy bowel movements. ...

Breast cancer surgery – measure twice, cut once

Prof Carol-Ann Benn and Dr Lucienne van Schalkwyk share five reasons why you should not rush ...

Navigation in the community

The success of navigation in the community is measured by the positive effect the service ...

BREAST HEALTH FOUNDATION NEWS Sept/Oct

TREATMENT

I’m a Barbie Girl

Prof Carol-Ann Benn explains why it’s okay to be a Barbie Girl and see a reconstructive ...

Ogivri – trastuzumab biosimilar available soon in SA

Ogivri is the first biosimilar of trastuzumab (Herceptin) to be approved for use in South ...

ONLINE FEATURES

Genetic testing options for breast and ovarian cancer

What testing options are available in South Africa? Technical advances in the field of genomics have ...

Genetic testing options for breast and ovarian cancer

What testing options are available in South Africa? Technical advances in the field of genomics have ...

The importance of sound nutrition after a cancer diagnosis

Dietitian, Berna Harmse, educates us on nutritional status and the outcome of cancer, and offers ...

Nutritional support during cancer treatment

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

Dry eye disease as a side effect of cancer treatment

We learn more about dry eye disease in cancer patients receiving aromatase inhibitor treatment. What ...

The difference between oedema and lymphoedema

Not differentiating between normal oedema and lymphoedema is a very common mistake that is made ...

Tymeless Hair & Wigs

Tymeless Hair & Wigs has opened its doors at Rosebank Medical Centre in Gauteng. Tymeless ...


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