Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Breast Cancer Need to Know

  The respiratory illness commonly referred to as “coronavirus” and officially called COVID-19 has changed life as we know it. For people with serious health conditions, such as breast cancer, and their loved ones, the uncertainty of this situation, the need for physical distancing, job losses and financial concerns, and possible changes in cancer treatments…

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SA’s private hospitals hit by suspended elective surgeries – and an op backlog is building

Elective surgeries – non-emergency procedures scheduled in advance – in South Africa have been suspended at various points throughout the pandemic. This has been done to increase the capacity of hospitals and clinics to deal with Covid-19 patients during a surge of infection. Temporary suspensions have hit the revenue of private healthcare firms while allowing…

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Crohn’s disease

In this article, we take a comprehensive overview of Crohn’s disease: Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes inflammation of your digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, and malnutrition. Inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease can involve different areas of the digestive tract in…

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Pancreatitis

What Is Pancreatitis? Pancreatitis is a disease in which your pancreas becomes inflamed. The pancreas is a large gland behind your stomach and next to your small intestine. Your pancreas does two main things: It releases powerful digestive enzymes into your small intestine to help you digest food. It releases insulin and glucagon into your bloodstream. These hormones help your body control how it…

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TEMPORARY NOTICE: Phone Lines Down

Dear Valued Patients, Our practice phone lines are temporarily down for maintenance. Patients to please contact us, via email or on the hospital internal lines for bookings: St Augustines Hospital: Tel: 031- 268 5690 (hospital internal) Email: dutfunonreception@gmail.com or Umhlanga Hospital: Tel: 031- 582 5245 Email: dutfunumhlanga@gmail.com

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Chemotherapy Doesn’t Seem to Increase Risk of COVID-19

Compared to people diagnosed with cancer who were not being treated with chemotherapy, people with cancer receiving chemotherapy didn’t have a higher risk for developing COVID-19, according to a small study done in New York City. The research was presented on Feb. 5, 2021, at the American Association for Cancer Research COVID-19 and Cancer virtual…

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Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (Removal of a gallbladder)

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a minimally invasive removal of a gallbladder. This procedure is performed for gallstone related pathology. Patients may present with an array of clinical pictures. Gallstone colic is intense intermittent pain on the right-hand side of the upper abdomen. An acutely inflamed gallbladder demonstrates a thick wall on abdominal ultrasound. The ultrasound may…

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