Dr Margie Venter, a palliative care specialist and oncologist, raised some interesting points about serious illness conversations, particularly the idea that advanced care planning discussions need to be done with everyone. This includes initiating the conversation at diagnosis and not just in the last stages of terminal disease, with the aim to assess goals and values more than just treatment options.
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Sexuality and cancer
Dr Ros Boa of Vincent Palotti Hospital and Groote Schuur Hospital, addressing the topic of “Sexuality and cancer”, said that cancer profoundly impacts sexual well-being on physical, psychological and social levels, and it’s important for patients to be able to discuss sexuality with health professionals. Studies have shown that patients tend to “struggle in silence” rather than ask their doctor’s advice because 71% felt the doctor wouldn’t be helpful, while 68% thought it might make the doctor uncomfortable. Unfortunately, only 25% of doctors will initiate a conversation about sexuality, and even among gynaecologists, 50% don’t ask if there are problems.
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The emotional challenges of surviving cancer
Making it past the finish line after walking in cancer’s footsteps isn’t just a celebration of life, it’s a seeking of self
From the moment you find out that you have cancer, it becomes a part of your life forever. The problem is, for most people, cancer survival is from diagnosis to remission, but the reality is that it’s there for the rest of a patient’s life. Once diagnosed, cancer stays with a person every single day, whether in their thoughts, actions, or with their diagnosis. Yet few systems and coping mechanisms are in place to help people take the steps beyond the finish line - from the day they end the treatment phase to when they enter into the maintenance phase.
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Icon Oncology Holdings (Pty) Ltd, including all its subsidiaries and associated Companies, is excited to announce that Anthony Pedersen, currently CEO of Medscheme, has been appointed as the Group CEO of Icon. Anthony will assume the role, based at the company’s Head Office in Cape Town, effective 1 January 2020, the commencement of the group’s new fiscal year.Read more Icon appoints new CEO
What is Icon?
Icon is a network of oncologists, representing over 80% of all oncologists in South Africa’s private practice. Icon was established 10 years ago with the aim of ensuring and advocating for the highest standards of care for cancer patients. In addition to the network of oncologists, Icon is contracted to certain medical schemes. Dr David Eedes takes us through the benefits of using an Icon network oncologist.Read more What is Icon?
Navigating your cancer journey
A cancer diagnosis comes as a shock; it is a life- changing event and can cause chaos and anxiety. Dr David Eedes, an oncology advisor to Icon Oncology - a network of 80% of the all oncologists in private practice in South Africa - offers tips to help you manage this emotionally difficult time. Read more Navigating your cancer journey
Cancer care, an increasing challenge for SA medical aids
The rising costs of cancer care are posing an increasing challenge for South African medical aids, and the industry needs to pro-actively adopt new billing models to meet this challenge, says Dr. Ernst Marais, COO of Icon Oncology, the biggest network of oncologists in the country.Read more Cancer care, an increasing challenge for SA medical aids