Oncology

With 8 beds to accomodate patients receiving chemo and radio therapy, professional and compasionate personnel tend to the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual well being of the patients

Cancer

The first few weeks of shock and uncertainty after being diagnosed with cancer is a  traumatic experience, both for the patient and the family and in many ways it robs them of their security as well as their peace of mind.

Wilmed Park Oncology Centre assures their patients, that they will be treated with the most advanced equipment and treatment methods available anywhere in the world. Our oncologists specialise in all types of chemo- and radiotherapy and will select the best treatment for the patient. Our doctors also superspecialised in all the branches of oncology - haemotological oncology, conformal radiation, brachytherapy, neuroradiosurgery, immunotherapy, and treatment with all the latest  remedies and techniques.

Our oncologists are assisted by competent nurses and radiotherapists to ensure that the patient will receive the correct treatment as prescribed. Our patients can make use of our support services to help them deal with the uncertainty.

Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy

In simple terms, radiotherapy means treatment with ionising rays, in this case with high-energy X-rays and electron Beams which have various energy levels.

To understand how ionising rays work, you must first understand how cancer cells affect your body.

Cancer starts with one cell that has lost control over its growth. Normal cells divide in a highly controlled manner to form new cells. Cancer cells also divide and form new cells but at a more rapid rate and without knowing when to stop dividing.

The success of irradiation lies in the fact that malignant cells are more sensitive to irradiation than normal cells. The goal of irradiation is therefore to irradiate until the malignant cells have been killed or sterilised. The surounding normal tissue that was damaged, is still capable of recovery.

Irradiation Side effects

It is only human to be concerned about the side effects of irradiation, especially as there are so many misconceptions about irradiation

Nausea and vomiting: Only patients who receive irradiation over their abdominal organs sometimes experience nausea and vomiting

Abdominal: Patients who receive irradiation over the lower abdominal area may suffer from diarrhoea, constipation, a burning sensation when urinating and/or piles.

Mouth and throat problems: Patients receiving irradiation over the throat area will start suffering from a sore throat after about 10-15 treatments.

Diarrhoea: If you have 3 or 4 loose stools a day, you should drink clear fluids (soup, soft drinks, tea and water - 2 liters per day)

Skin reactions

Hair loss (alopecia): Hair will fall out if you receive radiation over a part of your body containing hair. Irradiation of other parts of the body will not cause hair loss on the head.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the treatment of cancer by means of chemical drugs. It is administered to kill cancer cells or to slow or prevent their growth. Sometimes a combination of more than one drug is given in order to fight the tumour cells in different ways.

Chemotherapy can sensitize the cancer cells to the effect of irradiation, therefore these 2 methods are often combined to obtain the best result for a specific condition. Chemotherapy can be given alone as well. The chemotherapeutic drugs reach the cells via the blood stream. Cancer cells divide very rapidly and consequently absorb most of the chemotherapy, therefore they will die off and not divide and grow any further. 

Chemotherapy can be administered in 5 ways:

Intravenously

Intrathecally

Orally

Intramuscularly

Subcutaneous Injection

Chemotherapy Side Effects

Some medicines can cause nausea and vomiting, the intensity of this varies from person to person. Anti-emetic medicine will always be given in combination with the chemotherapy. There is a variety of tablets, suppositories and injections that can be given to prevent nausea. Please ask the nursing staff to arrange a script and use this medication regularly.

Cystitis (bladder infection): Report irritations of the bladder to the oncologist, so you can receive treatment if there is an infection.

Discoloured Urine: Some medicines can discolour the urine, it is important to increase your liquid intake so that the kidneys can be flushed through properly.

Mouth and throat problems: Patients receiving irradiation over the throat area will start suffering from a sore throat after about 10-15 treatments.

Diarrhoea: If you have 3 or 4 loose stools a day, you should drink clear fluids (soup, soft drinks, tea and water - 2 liters per day). Also consult your doctor immediately

Hairloss: Some of the medicines can cause hairloss, this is only temporary and the hair will grow back after the treatment has been finished.

Counsellors

Anita Garbers

Counsellor

   

Being diagnosed with cancer can have a huge impact on the patient and his/her family. We have a full time counsellors/social worker to support you and your family during this challenging time. We believe that your psychological and emotional disposition will be a determining factor during the treatment period. Therefore the latest techniques and methods are used to kick start the immune system.
 

Consultations and group sessions are free of charge. Consultations are by appointment only. To attend a group, please book with the counsellor.

We recognize that when cancer is diagnosed the whole family is affected and therefore offer support to empower patients and their families to cope with the illness, the treatment and their feelings and emotions. We offer a variety of counselling services including:

 * Individual therapy;

 * Basic information regarding your cancer diagnosis and treatment;

 * Basic information to children regarding cancer and treatment of a family member;

 * Crisis intervention;

 * Marriage and family therapy;

 * Practical assistance with resources and referral to resources;

 * Hospital visits and discharge planning ;

 * Support groups (you will get information regarding support groups from the counsellor).

 

The counselling service is available free of charge to patients and their loved ones. Please feel free to contact the counsellor for more information or for an appointment.

 

Other support include:

 * Group sessions (including Hoping is Coping & Look Good Feel Better);

 * Play therapy;

 * Information on, and preparation for procedures, treatment and operations; and

 * Special information regarding wigs, hairpieces and hats.

   

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Management

 

Oncologists

Dr. R. Rust

Oncologist

 

 

Dr. L. Blaauw

Oncologist

 

 

 

 

Radiotherapists

René Bishop
Head Radiotherapist Oncology

 

 

Hanelie Malan
Counselor

 

 

 

 

 

Medical Practitioners

Dr Adri Oosthuizen

General Practitioner

 

 

Dr A Schroeder

General Practitioner

 

 

 

   

Administration

Nadine Viljoen
Head of Administration & Reception