State-of-the-art surgery for Lymphedema


State-of-the-art surgery for lymphedema offers a promising treatment for patients who are frustrated by their condition.  Plastic surgeons use specialised microsurgery to transplant healthy lymph nodes to the affected area to help drain the excess lymph fluid and reduce swelling in the affected limb. WHAT IS LYMPHEDEMA Lymphedema is an uncomfortable and painful swelling that can occur in a person’s arms or […]

Smoking and Plastic surgery don’t mix

smoking before plastic surgery

If you have ever looked at cigarette packaging, you will know that cigarette smoking is hazardous to your health. Tobacco use is estimated to cause 35% of all cancers, 33% of all heart attacks and strokes, and 90% of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, including emphysema.  If you are planning on having plastic surgery – either cosmetic […]

Big strides in Bone Sarcoma surgery

Big strides in Bone Sarcoma surgery

Bone cancer or bone sarcoma is a very rare tumour of the bone. Until quite recently, amputation was inevitably required to treat such tumours. But doctors at the Cape Orthopaedic Reconstructive Unit (CORU) are taking big strides in the treatment of bone sarcoma with limb-sparing techniques. Before 1970 bone sarcomas had a dismal survival rate […]

Vitamin supplement can reduce skin cancer recurrence risk

skin cancer surgery

A vitamin supplement, nicotinamide, reduces recurrence of common skin cancers by 23%. This is exciting. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in South Africa according to CANSA. The two most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). In third place is malignant melanoma, which is the […]

Find out about breast cancer online

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Dr Anees Chagpar from Yale University has put together an incredibly informative course: Introduction to breast cancer. It is meant for anyone who had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and for family or friends and carers.. Find out more about the course. Video of Dr Chagpar introducing the introduction to breast cancer course. WHY LEARN […]

A broader view of obesity

scary facts about obesity

Obesity research has traditionally focused on finding a single explanation and solution. One gene or one miracle diet or pill. A team of experts at Johns Hopkins University introduce a different perspective on obesity research with the online course Systems science and obesity. WHAT IS SYSTEMS SCIENCE? System science is a study of complex systems […]