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Specialist cancer diagnosis and treatment centre opens in Lagos
Specialist cancer diagnosis and treatment centre opens in LagosArticle

Nigeria's first 'one-stop centre' for cancer diagnosis and treatment, the Marcelle Ruth Cancer Centre and Specialist Hospital (MRCCSH) has opened on Victoria Island in Lagos.

4 May 2021

UKZN, Cansa partner for lung cancer research project
UKZN, Cansa partner for lung cancer research projectArticle

Cansa is partnering with the UKZN's Multinational Lung Cancer Control Programme under the leadership of Dr Themba Ginindza...

12 Mar 2021

Access and affordability: South African launch of critical medications drives equitable access
Access and affordability: South African launch of critical medications drives equitable accessArticle

In putting healthcare in South Africa under the microscope, Covid-19 has exposed many weaknesses inherent in the country's fractured socio-economic environment...

Paul Miller, Issued by Cipla 1 Feb 2021

UCT doctoral candidates win L'Oréal-Unesco award
UCT doctoral candidates win L'Oréal-Unesco awardArticle

Doaa Ali and Tsaone Tamuhla, two University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD candidates, are recipients of the L'Oréal-Unesco for Women in Science sub-Saharan Africa regional programme Young Talent Awards...

11 Dec 2020

NMISA plays an important role in advancing the quality of cancer treatments in South Africa
NMISA plays an important role in advancing the quality of cancer treatments in South AfricaArticle

The National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) has established a national capability with the assistance of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). This capability enables radiotherapy centres to have access to audits more frequently for reference dosimetry and technique specific audit...

Issued by NMISA 2 Nov 2020

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The power of storytelling in 2020Article

In light of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Cindy-Lee Minnaar (co-founder of Indika Communications) has written about how a breast cancer survivor's story has taught her that without authenticity, your brand's story won't have an impact...

Cindy-Lee Minnaar 23 Oct 2020

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SAHPRA extends Keytruda approval to lung and bladder cancer treatmentArticle

A drug used to treat metastatic melanoma and second-line metastatic non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) has been approved for the treatment of bladder cancer and first-line NSCLC by the SAHPRA.

2 Sep 2020

Tony Singleton, CEO, Turnberry Management Risk Solutions
What you need to know about medical cover during the Covid-19 pandemicArticle

A rise in Covid-19 infections is inevitable as the lockdown eases and people head back to work and school. It is therefore important to understand exactly how medical schemes will cover testing, hospitalisation and treatment...

Tony Singleton 16 Jul 2020

The Sponsors of Brave campaign - 1st nominee of the week Dr Liana Roodt
The Sponsors of Brave campaign - 1st nominee of the week Dr Liana RoodtVideo

Doctor Liana Roodt found her calling in changing the lives of breast cancer patients. After witnessing the saddening, stretched out and complicated hoops cancer patients in the public health sector had to jump through for treatment, Dr Roodt felt that something needed to be done to help these patients. This is when she founded the NGO Project Flamingo as a means to alleviate the waiting time and trauma of seeking cancer treatment in the public health sector. She aims to not only reduce the surgical waiting time for patients but also offer them psychological support during the treatment process.

10 Mar 2020

The Sponsors of Brave campaign - 1st nominee of the week Dr Liana Roodt
The Sponsors of Brave campaign - 1st nominee of the week Dr Liana RoodtArticle

The Sponsors of Brave is calling on all South Africans to nominate their local pharmacists, nurses or doctors so that their stories can be told. This week, we meet Doctor Liana Roodt - who found her calling in changing the lives of breast cancer patients...

Issued by The SpaceStation 10 Mar 2020

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Immunotherapy holds promise for cancer treatmentArticle

Immunotherapy, a relatively new cancer treatment that enlists the body's own immune system to fight cancer, is producing ever-improving results...

5 Mar 2020

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Genetic secrets of almost 2,700 cancers unveiled by landmark international projectArticle

Scientists have revealed the detailed genetic makeup of thousands of cancer samples, yielding new insights into the genes that drive the many and varied forms of the disease...

Melissa Southey 6 Feb 2020

A leukemia cell. Kateryna Kon/ Shutterstock
Cancer treatment: study finds targeting nearby 'normal' cells could improve survival ratesArticle

Cancer of the immune system, called lymphoma or leukaemia, generally affects the entire body's bone marrow and lymph nodes. Because these types of cancers are so widespread, surgery isn't useful, so patients are usually treated with chemotherapy...

Ingo Ringshausen 17 Jan 2020

Tumour cells under a microscope labelled with fluorescent molecules. Shutterstock
Antibody technologies take a step closer to precision medicineArticle

The search for better cancer treatments continues, as current options often cause severe side effects. Less than 5% of experimental anticancer drugs are approved for use in humans, but scientists are bringing new technologies to the quest...

Krupa Naran, Dharanidharan Ramamurthy, Neelakshi Mungra & Stefan Barth 14 Jan 2020

Lerato Mosiah, CEO: Health Funders Association
#BizTrends2020: The future of healthcare is nowArticle

Medical schemes in South Africa are facing a watershed moment with the imminent threat to their future role and overall existence under the National Health Insurance (NHI)...

Lerato Mosiah 6 Jan 2020

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A multidisciplinary team approach in managing breast cancerArticle

The concept of a team approach between specialists is important for the best possible clinical outcomes for breast cancer patients. Professor Frank Graewe explains why...

9 Dec 2019

A.G. Sanders with penicillin extraction equipment. Image reproduced with permission of the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford, Author provided
Big Pharma has failed: the antibiotic pipeline needs to be taken under public ownershipArticle

Antibiotics are among the most important medicines known to humankind, but we are running out of this crucial resource...

Claas Kirchhelle, Adam Roberts & Andrew Singer 20 Nov 2019

Black women in South Africa are more likely to die from breast cancer than others. NS Natural Queen/Shutterstock
Demon disease, worse than HIV: Soweto women's views on breast cancerArticle

Low-income communities in South Africa have the lowest incidence of breast cancer in the country. But they also have the worst health outcomes...

Emily Mendenhall 12 Nov 2019

The vaccine coverage needed for herd immunity varies from disease to disease. Ryoji Iwata/Unsplash
What is herd immunity and how many people need to be vaccinated to protect a community?Article

The term herd immunity comes from the observation of how a herd of buffalo forms a circle, with the strong on the outside protecting the weaker and more vulnerable on the inside...

Hassan Vally 9 Sep 2019

Would you eat meat grown from cells in a laboratory? Here's how it works
Would you eat meat grown from cells in a laboratory? Here's how it worksArticle

Fake meat may be the food of the future...

Leigh Ackland 25 Jun 2019

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UCT spearheads new technologies for life-saving cancer treatmentArticle

Professor Stefan Barth's appointment as the Department of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation's South African Research chair (SARChI) in cancer biotechnology at UCT, has brought with it a portfolio of key life sciences patents to develop innovative treatments for human cancers...

28 May 2019

Can precision health transform primary care? Look to Stanford's Humanwide pilot
Can precision health transform primary care? Look to Stanford's Humanwide pilotArticle

I talk to a lot of different audiences about the idea of precision health-creating healthcare that's technology- and data-driven, highly personalised, and focused on predicting and preventing disease before it strikes....

Lloyd Minor 23 May 2019

The uninvited guest that makes you pay - The 'hidden' costs of cancer for women
The uninvited guest that makes you pay - The 'hidden' costs of cancer for womenArticle

While we know of the emotional and physical toll breast cancer can take on a body, what about the financial damage? Many of us are unaware that financially it could cost many women dearly - maybe even you...

Issued by MiWayLife 3 May 2019

For developing countries in Africa immunotherapy solutions is important given the high cost of cancer drugs. Shutterstock
How we are developing immunotherapies relevant to AfricaArticle

The exorbitant costs of cancer drugs make it difficult for public and private healthcare systems to provide the latest treatments to patients...

Neelakshi Mungra, Krupa Naran & Trishana Nundalall 30 Apr 2019

Starting colorectal cancer screening at 45 would avert deaths
Starting colorectal cancer screening at 45 would avert deathsArticle

A Stanford-led study found that increasing the participation of older adults in colorectal cancer screening would help prevent more deaths than expanding testing to people in their 40s...

Amy Jeter Hansen 8 Apr 2019

With the right skills and infrastructure, Africa can boost its genomics research efforts. Dmytro Zinkevych/Shutterstock
Africa needs a heavy dose of investment in genomics researchArticle

For several months, my friend's father lay helpless in one of Nairobi's premier hospitals. There was no clear diagnosis...

Jenniffer Mabuka-Maroa 5 Apr 2019

Palliative radiation therapy is effective regardless of a patient’s original cancer site (for example breast, lung or kidney) and is usually delivered in one to 10 daily doses. Shutterstock
Cancer pain can be eased by palliative radiation therapyArticle

Radiation therapy is, along with chemotherapy and surgery, one of the three main components of cancer treatment. It is often misunderstood and carries negative connotations...

Jonathan Klein & Jonathan Livergant 20 Mar 2019

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), shown here as tiny purple spheres, causes the disease known as AIDS. Mark Ellisman and Tom Deerinck, National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research
A cure for HIV? Feasible but not yet realisedArticle

This week a team of scientists and physicians from the UK published news of a second HIV positive man, in London, who is in long-term (18-month) HIV remission after undergoing treatment for Hodgkins lymphoma...

Allison Webel 8 Mar 2019

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Fat grafting in breast cancer reconstructionArticle

Fat grafting has become a popular and versatile procedure in plastic surgery. Historically it is not entirely new, we find anecdotal reports and descriptions of fat transplantation as far back as the early 1900s...

Frank Graewe 4 Mar 2019

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Cancer growth in the body could originate from a single cell - target it to revolutionise treatmentArticle

Cancer remains a frightening and largely incurable disease. The toxic side effects of chemotherapy and radiation make the cure often seem as bad as the ailment, and there is also the threat of recurrence and tumour spread...

Michael P Lisanti 21 Feb 2019

Prof Vikash Sewram, director of the African Cancer Institute at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University
#WorldCancerDay: Early detection improves prognosisArticle

The word 'cancer' invokes deep fear as a silent killer, with many viewing this disease as a symbol of grief and pain, a plague straining our intellectual and emotional resources...

Vikash Sewram 3 Feb 2019

Michelle Monje and her colleagues found that the chemotherapy drug methotrexate can affect three major types of brain cells, resulting in a phenomenon known as "chemo brain."
Steve Fisch
Study: Understanding chemo brainArticle

More than half of cancer survivors suffer from cognitive impairment from chemotherapy that lingers for months or years after the cancer is gone...

Erin Digitale 2 Jan 2019

Together, South Africans are beating breast cancer
Together, South Africans are beating breast cancerArticle

Beautiful News shared the stories of people who have been diagnosed with, and are affected by breast cancer, this Breast Cancer Awareness Month...

Issued by Ginkgo Agency 22 Oct 2018

James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo, 2018 Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine. Niklas Elmehed. Copyright: Nobel Media AB 2018
James Allison and Tasuku Honjo: deserving winners of this year's Nobel Prize in physiology or medicineArticle

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to two immunologists for their revolutionary approaches to treat cancer...

Sheena Cruickshank 9 Oct 2018

When disaster strikes
When disaster strikesArticle

There are a lot of scary threats in the world - extreme weather, terrorist attacks, deadly infectious diseases, mass shootings - but if healthcare organisations plan ahead for such disasters, lives can be saved...

Karen Feldscher 8 Aug 2018

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

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

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

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

Dr Nima Sharifi
Prostate treatment byproduct could accelerate cancer cell growthArticle

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 treatmentArticle

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

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

"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

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 resultsArticle

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

28 Mar 2018

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The Ronald MacDonald socks aside...How serious is Cyril about South Africans' health?Article

The new commander-in-chief has made promises, but how likely is he to deliver?

MIA MALAN, LAURA LOPEZ GONZALEZ, JOAN VAN DYK 23 Feb 2018

Dr Karin Baatjes
Tailored cancer treatment reduces the risk of osteoporosisArticle

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

#BestofBiz 2017: Healthcare
#BestofBiz 2017: HealthcareArticle

Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Healthcare site over the past year below...

14 Dec 2017

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Movember Foundation extends global prostate cancer registry to SAArticle

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

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

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

RX Radio, a radio station for children by children, is launched
RX Radio, a radio station for children by children, is launchedArticle

Kulula.com has partnered with the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in Cape Town by donating funds to launch a first-of-its-kind radio station by children for children in Africa, RX Radio...

16 Oct 2017

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

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

Tamar Kahn 29 Aug 2017

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Robot-aided surgery now in Eastern CapeArticle

The first robot-assisted surgeries to treat prostate cancer in the Eastern Cape were performed by Netcare Greenacres...

18 Aug 2017

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