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POSITION STATEMENT: COVID-19 Vaccine April 2021

2021-04-22
COVID-19 Vaccine: Cancer and immunocompromised patients should receive the vaccine.   Icon Oncology strongly advises that people with cancer or a history of cancer should receive the COVID-19 vaccination.   Icon Oncology further recommends that cancer patients and survivors should be prioritised within Phase 2 of ...
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Mediclinic Southern Africa partners with Icon Oncology to offer a first in oncology.

2021-03-24
New full-service oncology centre announced Cape Town, 24 March 2021: Leading value-based care (VBC) business, Icon Oncology and Mediclinic Southern Africa, today announced a first in South Africa partnership that aims to deliver seamless one-stop oncology services at a new flagship treatment facility based at Mediclinic ...
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Case Management and understanding its role in VBC

2020-10-30
Placing the patient in the centre October’s health calendar is busy, but there is a week dedicated to celebrate a special group of healthcare professionals – Case Managers.  National Case Managers Week fell on 11-17 October and if ever there was a time to recognise the ...
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A surprise gift for Reach for Recovery

2020-10-30
Icon Oncology helps with a new home When breast cancer support group, Reach for Recovery needed a new home for their Ditto Project in Cape Town earlier this year, well-known surgeon Dr Justus Apffelstaedt, got in touch with the media to drive awareness of their plight. ...
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Education empowers women in fight against cancer

2020-09-29
   Prevention and early diagnosis key to reduce mortality rate Cancer is set to become the leading cause of death in the 21st Century with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) warning that one in six women may be at risk of developing cancer ...
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Cancer survivor on a mission

2020-06-26
Conn Bertish is a man on a mission; a man who is determined to “make people harder to kill.” Especially those who have been diagnosed or living with cancer. In 2006, Conn, an internationally awarded creative director, big wave surfer, fear factor winner, husband and father ...
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Message from Icon Oncology CEO on COVID-19

2020-03-17
The world is all well aware of the serious and unprecedented global pandemic resulting from the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed South Africa and announced that a “State of Disaster” has been declared and various interventions and regulations have been implemented to ...
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Serious illness conversations

2018-10-30
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 ...
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Sexuality and cancer

2018-10-30
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 ...
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The emotional challenges of surviving cancer

2018-09-04
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, ...