Healthcare Trends 2018

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New test can detect eight types of cancer in a drop of blood

Researchers in the US have reported that they are a step closer to developing a cancer screening tool that requires just a sample of blood...

By Tatjana Crnogorac-Jurcevic 30 Jan 2018

Ntutule Tshenye, GM - Philips South Africa; Gauteng MEC for Health, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa; Dr Freddy Kgongwana, CEO of Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital (DGMAH); and Jose Fernandes, Head Philips Healthcare, South Africa
Gauteng Health invests R36m in cancer facility

An advanced oncology facility, costing R36m, has opened at the Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital (GDMAH) in Ga-Rankuwa, Tshwane...

16 Jan 2018

Mouse study shows how alcohol may cause cancer
Mouse study shows how alcohol may cause cancer

Alcohol damages the DNA of stem cells responsible for producing new blood, according to a mouse study which may explain the link between drinking and cancer, scientists said...

4 Jan 2018

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US broadcaster faces $13.3m fine for airing undisclosed paid ads

US regulators announced a record $13.3m fine against a major television company for airing promotional content without telling viewers it had been paid to air it...

22 Dec 2017

New treatment of multiple brain tumours
New treatment of multiple brain tumours

Life Healthcare's new treatment option for multiple brain tumours precisely shapes the radiation beam to the pattern of the patient's cancer...

8 Dec 2017

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Movember Foundation extends global prostate cancer registry to SA

With over 4,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer annually in SA, the Movember Foundation, best known for its hairy efforts to raise awareness and funds for often ignored men's health issues, will extend Ironman to SA...

1 Dec 2017

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Pembrolizumab gets regulatory go-ahead

MSD's cancer drug, Pembrolizumab, has received regulatory approval by the Medicines Control Council (now South African Health Products Regulatory Authority) in South Africa.

17 Nov 2017

Dr Mzukisi Grootboom, chair of the South African Medical Association. Photo: Citizen
Sama sets record straight on accusations

The chairperson of the South African Medical Association (Sama), Dr Mzukisi Grootboom, has refuted claims made in the Witness newspaper...

7 Nov 2017

Stephanus van Wyk with Dr Conrad Pienaar
New lymphoedema surgery provides relief to cancer patients

A vascularised lymph node transfer, a microvascular procedure created to treat lymphoedema, has been performed at Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital, Cape Town...

23 Oct 2017

MasterDrive joins PinkDrive in hosting awareness event
MasterDrive joins PinkDrive in hosting awareness event

As October celebrates Transport Month as well as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, MasterDrive and PinkDrive are joining forces to host a complimentary event in Johannesburg...

20 Oct 2017

Team up against breast cancer
Team up against breast cancer

Amongst cancers affecting females, breast cancer still reduces life expectancy when diagnosed. However, if diagnosed early, it is treatable and survival rates are very good...

Issued by Cipla 13 Oct 2017

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Heal others by healing yourself with #CuppaforCansa12A

Held at the oh-so-opulent 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa on a breezy, sunny day, I left the annual #CuppaforCansa12A pink high tea event for 2017 with tear-stained cheeks tempered with tinkling laughter and an overwhelming sense of goodwill. Here's why...

By Leigh Andrews 6 Oct 2017

Breast reconstruction and radiation therapy - is it really safe?
Breast reconstruction and radiation therapy - is it really safe?

It has been shown that adjuvant radiotherapy after mastectomy significantly reduces local recurrence rates and improves overall survival in node-positive breast cancer patients...

By Frank Graewe 7 Sep 2017

Roche cuts the price of cancer drug
Roche cuts the price of cancer drug

Roche has already lowered the price of its breast cancer drug trastuzumab to state patients...

By Tamar Kahn 29 Aug 2017

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Tina Eboka re-elected as HLG-MR vice-chair

Tina Eboka has been re-elected as vice chair of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency High-Level Group on the Security of Supply of Medical Radioisotopes (HLG-MR)...

4 Aug 2017

Cancer care comes to Western Kenya
Cancer care comes to Western Kenya

A new cancer treatment centre in Western Kenya can treat up to 60 patients a day, and brings advanced care to a largely underserved region...

10 Jul 2017

Cipla collaborates with American Cancer Society to increase access to cancer treatment in Africa
Cipla collaborates with American Cancer Society to increase access to cancer treatment in Africa

Cipla has announced a groundbreaking market access agreement with the American Cancer Society, the Clinton Health Access Imitative and the pharmaceutical company, Pfizer...

Issued by Cipla 7 Jul 2017

Med students fail cancer test
Med students fail cancer test

Final-year medical students remember only six of at least 20 early warning signs of childhood cancer...

6 Jul 2017

Gary M Reedy, CEO at the American Cancer Society
Collaboration increases cancer treatment accessibility

Sixteen essential cancer treatment medications, including chemotherapies, are now available in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania, thanks to a new market access agreement...

3 Jul 2017

National cancer drug shortage may last until October
National cancer drug shortage may last until October

A deadly national cancer drug shortage is approaching its third month and patients may have to go without until October - if they can make it...

28 Jun 2017

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Trastuzumab and the high cost of cancer treatment

It seems cruel that drugs that can save the lives of thousands of cancer sufferers are so prohibitively expensive...

By Nicci Botha 21 Jun 2017

Professor Paul Ruff
Treatment advances for breast and colorectal cancers

In recent years, patient outcomes have improved significantly following major advances in breast and colorectal cancer treatment...

19 Jun 2017

Catholic bishops ask human rights commission to investigate cancer deaths in KZN
Catholic bishops ask human rights commission to investigate cancer deaths in KZN

Catholic bishops are concerned about the crisis in oncology services in Kwazulu-Natal. They have asked the human rights commission to investigate possible deaths resulting from the crisis...

Issued by SACBC Justice and Peace Commission 14 Jun 2017

Paediatricians back HPV vaccine
Paediatricians back HPV vaccine

Following several recent media reports linking the HPV vaccine to neurological disease in two children...

29 May 2017

SA increasingly marketed as top medical tourism destination
SA increasingly marketed as top medical tourism destination

Although South Africa is renowned as a premium tourist destination and known to have world-class private medical facilities, the country has a very low key medical tourism industry...

15 May 2017

Kagiso Modupe meets a circumcision doctor
Over 5,000 men respond to #ZwakalaSkeem medical circumcision campaign

After Kagiso Modupe, champion of the Medical Male Circumcision (MMC) campaign branded #ZwakalaSkeem, called on 2,000 men to get medically circumcised with him, South African men has responded in droves...

10 May 2017

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Cutting-edge radio-surgical technology arrives in SA

"The technology delivers powerful doses of precision-targeted radiation that acts as a surgeon's ‘scalpel'. This greatly reduces many of the risks associated with traditional cranial surgery."

9 May 2017

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What elephants teach us about cancer prevention

The surprising cancer resistance found in larger, long-lived animals, like elephants, has become known as Peto's Paradox...

By Joshua Schiffman and Lisa Abegglen 8 May 2017

Professor Vanessa Hayes, head of the Human Comparative and Prostate Cancer Genomics Laboratory at the Garvan Institute
Exposing the prostate cancer genome through mapping

The entire genome of a prostate cancer tumour has been mapped for the first time...

21 Apr 2017

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