POSITION STATEMENT: COVID-19 Vaccine April 2021

POSITION STATEMENT: COVID-19 Vaccine April 2021

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...

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High-tech hope for Eastern Cape cancer patients

High-tech hope for Eastern Cape cancer patients

Installation of LINAC first for the province There is renewed hope for cancer patients in the Eastern Cape who need treatment for difficult to reach tumours, with the installation of a new state-of-the-art machine at the Icon Oncology radiation therapy unit based in...

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Case Management and understanding its role in VBC

Case Management and understanding its role in VBC

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...

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Education empowers women in fight against cancer

Education empowers women in fight against cancer

   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 during...

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Cancer survivor on a mission

Cancer survivor on a mission

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...

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Eradication of cervical cancer in the next century?

Eradication of cervical cancer in the next century?

HPV vaccine can potentially eliminate cervical cancer by 2120 The World Health Organisation (WHO) and experts in the field are hopeful that cervical cancer will go the way of smallpox and become a historical disease over the next 100 years. This is especially good...

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Message from Icon Oncology CEO on COVID-19

Message from Icon Oncology CEO on COVID-19

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...

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Navigating your cancer journey

Navigating your cancer journey

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 -...

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Serious illness conversations

Serious illness conversations

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...

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Sexuality and cancer

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...

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The emotional challenges of surviving cancer

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...

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