Courtesy: Cleveland Clinic
Micorocoil localisation in treating early-stage lung cancer

A breakthrough minimally invasive surgery technique, microcoil localisation, allows doctors to pinpoint and remove tiny nodules in early-stage lung cancer without damaging additional healthy tissue...

2 days ago

Cancer prognosis is like weather forecasting
Cancer prognosis is like weather forecasting

Classically in cancer, physicians tended to talk about five-year survival but patients these days want to know more. However, it is difficult to arrive at a prognosis as it often changes as treatment progresses...

3 Sep 2018

Common skin cancer can signal increased risk of other cancers
Common skin cancer can signal increased risk of other cancers

Frequent skin cancers due to mutations in genes responsible for repairing DNA are linked to a threefold risk of unrelated cancers...

15 Aug 2018

Cancer Alliance issues pallative care for children toolkit
Cancer Alliance issues pallative care for children toolkit

The Cancer Alliance has issued the third in its series of toolkits focusing on the National Policy and Strategy for Palliative Care, this time dealing with caring for children with cancer...

8 Aug 2018

Judge Ron McLaren, long-term insurance ombudsman
Ombud upholds second dread disease claim

There is no legal or insurance principle which prevents a dread disease claim to be paid out under two different policies for a recurrence of a condition...

6 Aug 2018

South Africa's first biosimilar oncology drug authorised for use
South Africa's first biosimilar oncology drug authorised for use

Cipla, in collaboration with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, has announced the launch of the country's first biosimilar for the oncology and haematology markets...

Issued by Cipla 3 Aug 2018

Gauteng Health MEC, Gwen Ramokgopa
Hi-tech lung cancer lab to benefit all

If the country is to reduce its high cancer statistics, the public would have to be educated about the illness...

2 Aug 2018

Cyclatron. Photo: Rosatom
SA, Russia deal to grow nuclear medicine

It might not have been the nuclear deal it was hoping for, but the Russian state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom has signed an agreement with the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa)...

30 Jul 2018

#Mandela100: PinkDrive takes to the road in KZN
#Mandela100: PinkDrive takes to the road in KZN

To celebrate the life of Madiba, PinkDrive, together with the Revolutionary Motorcycle Club, is carrying out mammograms, pap smears, prostate-specific antigen screening and health education...

19 Jul 2018

Dr Nima Sharifi
Prostate treatment byproduct could accelerate cancer cell growth

New research out of the United States points to a genetic anomaly in certain men with prostate cancer, which may impact their response to common drugs used to treat the disease...

17 Jul 2018

New drug halves hearing loss in children following cancer treatment
New drug halves hearing loss in children following cancer treatment

Giving the drug sodium thiosulphate after chemotherapy reduces hearing loss in children treated for liver cancer, according to findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine recently...

28 Jun 2018

Viral suppression helps lower risk for many types of cancer, study finds
Viral suppression helps lower risk for many types of cancer, study finds

A new study by the Yale School of Public Health and partner institutions is the first to examine the potential cancer prevention benefits of prolonged periods of HIV viral suppression, resulting from antiretroviral therapy, for persons living with HIV...

By Elisabeth Reitman 25 Jun 2018

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general
WHO calls for urgent action against NCDs

Collectively, cancer, diabetes, lung and heart diseases kill 41-million people annually, accounting for 71% of all deaths globally, 15 million of which occur between the ages of 30 and 70 years...

4 Jun 2018

Using platinum-based chemo to improve survival rates in pancreatic cancer
Using platinum-based chemo to improve survival rates in pancreatic cancer

Patients with the most common form of pancreatic cancer, and who have BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations, have poorer overall survival rates than those without the mutations.

1 Jun 2018

Gaetan Bally, Keystone / Corbis)
Cancer crisis: Where are South Africa's radiation oncologists?

Everyone knows about KZN's cancer crisis but no one is talking about the other provinces that operate on just one radiation oncologist - or less.

By Joan van Dyk 24 May 2018

Source: Merck Foundation
Merck Foundation continues training oncologists in Africa to combat emerging cancer crisis

"In 2018, We will continue to enrol more candidates and engage other countries on this programme as we firmly believe this is a vital component of improving the quality and accessibility of cancer care in Africa."

9 May 2018

An ethical dilemma for doctors: When is it OK to prescribe opioids?
An ethical dilemma for doctors: When is it OK to prescribe opioids?

America's opioid crisis is getting worse. The role of prescription opioids has both the medical establishment and the government justifiably worried...

By Travis N Rieder 9 Apr 2018

Ummy Mwalimu, Tanzanian health, community development, gender, elderly and children minister
Few cancer cases make it to hospital in Tanzania

Only 13,000 of the people diagnosed with cancer each year in Tanzania report to hospital for treatment...

By Syriacus Buguzi 5 Apr 2018

Professor Reinout Meijboom, head of the Department of Chemistry and Professor Marianne Cronjé, head of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Johannesburg
Treating cancer with silver-based drugs is showing promising results

A silver thiocyanate phosphine complex, called UJ3 for short, is showing promise as a low-dosage cancer treatment...

28 Mar 2018

Immunotherapy holds promise for cancer survival longevity
Immunotherapy holds promise for cancer survival longevity

The incidence of cancer is growing in developing countries due to populations that are ageing, while also growing rapidly and adopting unhealthy Western lifestyles...

1 Mar 2018

Dr Karin Baatjes
Tailored cancer treatment reduces the risk of osteoporosis

One of the side effects of a certain class of life-saving drugs used in the treatment of breast cancer could potentially leave a small percentage of women vulnerable to fractures...

2 Feb 2018

Cell biopsy studied under a microscope – the current way of detecting cancer. Tonhom1009/Shutterstock
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

Photo: Mims
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

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