Big strides in Bone Sarcoma surgery

Big strides in Bone Sarcoma surgery

Bone cancer or bone sarcoma is a very rare tumour of the bone. Until quite recently, amputation was inevitably required to treat such tumours. But doctors at the Cape Orthopaedic Reconstructive Unit (CORU) are taking big strides in the treatment of bone sarcoma with limb-sparing techniques. Before 1970 bone sarcomas had a dismal survival rate […]

Speed up your recovery after surgery

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“How long until I am back to normal?” This is one of the most frequent questions my patients ask. Simply put, recovery time will vary depending on the complexity and length of a particular surgery. Fortunately there are some things you can do to help your recovery. Here are some helpful tips for a healthy […]

Vitamin supplement can reduce skin cancer recurrence risk

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A vitamin supplement, nicotinamide, reduces recurrence of common skin cancers by 23%. This is exciting. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in South Africa according to CANSA. The two most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). In third place is malignant melanoma, which is the […]

Gynaecomastia is treatable


Gynaecomastia is a common condition that mainly affects teenage boys and older men, but it can affect men at any age. “Gyno” or “man boobs” as it’s sometimes called, is a benign enlargement of breast tissue in males. It does not pose any health risks in itself, but it can cause social embarrassment. Fortunately, gynaecomastia […]

Find out about breast cancer online

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Dr Anees Chagpar from Yale University has put together an incredibly informative course: Introduction to breast cancer. It is meant for anyone who had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and for family or friends and carers.. Find out more about the course. Video of Dr Chagpar introducing the introduction to breast cancer course. WHY LEARN […]

A broader view of obesity

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Obesity research has traditionally focused on finding a single explanation and solution. One gene or one miracle diet or pill. A team of experts at Johns Hopkins University introduce a different perspective on obesity research with the online course Systems science and obesity. WHAT IS SYSTEMS SCIENCE? System science is a study of complex systems […]

New advances in peaceful sleep

New advances in peaceful sleep

Continuous brain monitoring called Bispectral Index monitoring or BIS for short, is a relatively new medical technology that can reduce common side effects of anaesthesia. I have asked Dr Stephen Rous, specialist anaesthetist in Cape Town to enlighten us about the BIS technology and how it works. Medical technology has been a little slow to […]

8 Questions to ask before your surgery

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So you are planning to go under the knife. And you feel a little nervous (that may be a bit of understatement). Being well informed and well prepared before your surgery turns the unknown into the familiar and makes the process much easier. I’ve put together for you, 8 essential questions you need to ask […]