Why is Carcinogenic Roundup Still Sold in SA??
Cape Town’s First Palliative Care Hospice for Children to Open in 2020
Pharmaceuticals company Bayer says its subsidiary Monsanto will continue to sell its Roundup weed killer in South Africa despite a US jury last month awarding nearly $80m (R1.1bn) to a man who claimed it had given him cancer, reports The Times. According to court documents, Edwin Hardeman used Roundup for 30 years. The report says […]
Cancer Drug Pricing gets in the way of Treatment in Developing Countries
The Rohan Bloom Foundation and Paedspal are set to open Cape Town’s first children’s palliative care hospice. Palliative care is vital but is often a scarce and expensive luxury that is inaccessible to many South Africans. While there are local palliative care hospices for adults, there are, shockingly, none in the city that cater towards […]
Why are Children with Cancer in South Africa Dying in Unbearable Pain?
Most cancers can now be detected early. This hasn’t always been the case. The first big breakthrough came 80 years ago when the pap smear was introduced. Ten years later the mammogram was created and then nearly half a century ago the fecal occult blood test was developed. Advances in diagnosis have made a huge […]
Why Delays to Fixing Health Care are Bad News for South Africans
Government has not implemented its Palliative Care Plan I had a patient last year, a four-year-old boy, with a type of cancer called neuroblastoma. After initial treatment, the cancer came back, growing in the confined space between his spine and stomach, causing unbearable pain. His mother was a police officer; a strong, stoical woman who […]
What are the Reasons behind SA’s Organ Donor Shortage?
The release of a final report about the state of competition in South Africa’s private health sector has been delayed again. It was compiled by an inquiry panel made up of medical, legal and economic experts. The panel heard submissions from a range of stakeholders including members of the public, civil society organisations as well […]
Are Doctors Turning Down Rural Community Service Posts Being ‘Picky’?
South Africans needing organs historically struggle as there is a dearth of available organs for various reasons, including religious and cultural practices. According to Harriet Etheredge, a bioethicist at the University of the Witwatersrand though, those are not the only reasons… there are also perceptions that SA doctors and hospitals can’t be trusted, or that […]
What is #GivingTuesday?
After turning down placements at rural hospitals, hundreds of newly qualified doctors remain unemployed while the country’s rural state hospitals remain desperately understaffed because of a complex – yet fixable – situation. Amy Green writes in Health-e News on an investigation into whether these health professionals are being “picky” and what possible solutions there are […]
Kids Kicking Cancer – Power Peace Purpose
Giving Tuesday was created when two organizations, the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation came together in 2012, about a month before that year’s Thanksgiving. Their intention was to set aside a day that was all about celebrating the generosity of giving, a great American tradition. As a global movement to create an […]
Childhood Cancer ~ Part V (i): Surgery
Last week I was privileged to have been invited to the official South African Launch of a program for children with cancer called Kids Kicking Cancer! Kids Kicking Cancer is an initiative that was started in America in 1999 by Founding Director, Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg (Rabbi G), and began providing classes in several public hospitals in […]
In Part 1 of this series we explained that this series of articles is not meant to be medical advice, but a guide that may help you as a parent of a newly diagnosed child with cancer cope just a bit better. Information is knowledge, and never more so than when you are dealing with […]