Kwazulu-Natal Cancer Patients Dying While Waiting For Treatment

Four months ago the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) released a scathing report detailing the collapse of cancer services in the province. The document accused the KwaZulu-Natal health department and its MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo, of failing patients. Waiting times for life-saving cancer treatment has grown by almost 30% as KwaZulu-Natal’s cancer services crumble and stall. According to information […]

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Will Trump Sign the Childhood Cancer STAR ACT?

In an effort to help thousands of children who undergo cancer treatment each year, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced the Childhood Cancer STAR (Survivorship, Treatment, Access and Research) Act.  This bipartisan legislation will advance paediatric cancer research and child-focused cancer treatments, while also improving childhood cancer surveillance, and providing resources […]

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Honouring Caleb Tristan van der Westhuizen – ^Forever 5^

Caleb Tristan van der Westhuizen was a normal, beautiful little curly-haired young lad of 4, whom his parents were very proud of, when he was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma in September 2015. Caleb underwent various treatments for his cancer, including various operations as well as undergoing Chemotherapy and Retinoid Therapy  (Retinoids are chemicals that are related to […]

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New Report Defines Impact of Cannabis on Health

A report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – published on 12th January, 2017 – consolidated all evidence published since 1999 regarding the health impacts associated with cannabis and cannabis-derived products, such as marijuana. In excess of  10,000 scientific abstracts were considered by the committee that carried out the study and wrote […]

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Direct-To-Brain Chemo Better Than Systemic Drugs When Immunotherapy Is To Follow

In a recent study, Anti-PD-1 antitumor immunity is enhanced by local and abrogated by systemic chemotherapy in GBM, researchers at Johns Hopkins have found in experiments on mice with a form of aggressive brain cancer, that localised chemotherapy delivered directly to the brain rather than given systemically may be the best way to keep the immune system intact and […]

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Kindness of Strangers Brings Joy to Young Girl with Cancer

We are often so caught up in our own lives that we just completely ignore everyone else that we may pass by in the street; they are strangers after all, so why should we take note of them? The following story though, shows just how important something as small as a smile and a wave […]

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