Living with Cancer podcasts feature interview with cancer warriors and experts within the cancer community. These podcasts provide insight into the world of cancer, offering support, guidance and information to anyone with the desire to learn and connect.
Episode 1 - Belinda Wagner's Cancer Testimony
Welcome to our Living with Cancer podcast series. The aim of these podcasts are to create a space where we can share knowledge, testimony, ask for advice and connect with other people living with cancer. We will be interviewing experts in their field who work with cancer patients pre, during and post their treatment. We will also be interviewing warriors where they will be sharing their own personal journeys with us, hopefully giving hope to anyone who has been newly diagnosed or is struggling with their cancer journey.
Episode 2 - Christie Fraser
Look Good...Feel Better
An interview with Christie Fraser who shares with us how the Look Good…Feel Better team assists cancer patients to look good and feel better. Cancer can rob a patient of their energy, appetite and strength but it need not take away their self-confidence. The Look Good…Feel Better programme is the Cosmetic Industry helping cancer patients, undergoing active treatment, in a practical and positive way. Look Good…Feel Better provides free two-hour beauty workshops through a network of hospitals, and oncology units, specially designed to assist patients to manage the appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, thereby helping to restore their appearance and self-image.
Episode 3 - Candice Kushka
Candice Kushka, a physiotherapist who specialises in oncology rehabilitation and lymphoedema therapy. This podcast provides insights of how physiotherapy greatly impacts anyone that is undergoing a cancer journey. Learn about her experiences working overseas and with many different cancer patients.
Episode 4 - Salomé Meyer & Linda Greeff
This episode includes an interview with Salomé Meyer and Linda Greeff from the Cancer Alliance. They discuss the partnership with The Cancer Alliance and Living with Cancer, their views on how the patient-led cancer registry is vital to enhance the current cancer registry. The data that the LWC patient-led cancer registry collates will be added to the current National Cancer registry to look at cancer incidents and to improve planning for cancer services in South Africa in the long run.
Episode 5 - Dr Gavin Durra
Radiologist with a focus on cancer diagnosis and monitoring
Dr Durra provides some understanding and insight into the world of radiology. Dr Durra explains the different types of test/scans, the process and the various roles during this diagnosis journey. Dr Durra qualified MBChB from the University of Cape Town / Groote Schuur Hospital (UCT/GSH) in 1986 completing his internship there in 1987. This was followed by a 6 month senior house officer (SHO) post in Paediatrics at Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town.
Episode 6 - Charne Roux
Nutritionist - Basics of diet support during your cancer journey (pre and post treatment)
An interview with Charne Roux, a nutritionist focusing on nutrition for cancer, who provides insight to the what to eat, which vitamins and supplements you should be taking. An informative podcast that will help you navigate your cancer journey before, during and after treatment.
Episode 7 - Charne Roux
Nutritionist - Liver Detox how it supports cancer patients
In this interview with Charne Roux, a nutritionist focusing on nutrition for cancer, shares how liver detox supports cancer patients.
Episode 8 - Dr Elvira Singh
Head: National Cancer Registry and the partnership with LWC
Dr Elvira Singh shares her views on the patient-led cancer registry that was launched on the 4th of February 2021. Dr Singh “It is essential that cancer patients take up a central role in reporting their experience of cancer diagnosis and care in South Africa. Currently, the National Cancer Registry (NCR) reports on the numbers of cancer patients diagnosed in laboratories and hospitals around the country. A Patient Led Cancer Registry will be an invaluable partner in assisting the NCR to describe the burden of cancer in South Africa through the incorporation of patient-reported data into our incidence analysis,” said Dr Elvira Singh: Head: National Cancer Registry: National Health Laboratory Service.
Episode 9 - Caren Martinis
Breast Cancer Warrior Testimony
An interview with Caren Martinis who was diagnosed with breast cancer, a true warrior and an inspiration to us all. Caren shares the emotional rollercoaster that a journey of this nature takes you through. Caren Martinis, a 47-year-old single working mother to her 13-year-old boy, was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2020, originally misdiagnosed with Lupis in the January of the same year. In March 2020 Caren met Dr Carol Benn, it was at this point that her cancer journey started. A tumour was found in her right breast. Post her MRI scans Caren was informed that she would need a complete a double mastectomy, nipple sparing, removal of lymph node and implants.
Episode 10 - Rajes Govender
B-Cell Non-Hodgkins's Lymphoma Testimony
Rajes was diagnosed with Stage 3, High grade, B-Cell Non-Hodgkins’s Lymphoma in 2018. After undergoing treatment in India and then continuing her treatment in South Africa, Rajes is now in remission and lives a healthy and normal life. Rajes shares how the extended process of trying to obtain a diagnosis and then with her will to survive, explored some alternative treatment and life style changes. Rajes says that for most people cancer does not have a face until it’s yours or someone you know.
Episode 11 - Arthur Rosen
Reflexologist and Craniosacral Therapist - Testimony and Therapist
An interview with Arthur who is an ex Chartered Accountant, who “got sold” on the benefits of Therapeutic Reflexology, when it provided him with a permanent solution to Crohn’s disease. This belief inspired him to augment his knowledge and critical thinking skills about well-being, with craniosacral therapy. Arthur was also diagnosed with cancer in his eye, lost his eyesight in the one eye which lead him to change his career. Arthur shares his journey with us. Arthur has helped many people manage their health, vitality and energy – energy is the key to a happy, healthy life. His method has been developed to solve health problems and improve the quality of peoples’ lives. The aim is to get patients to feel good. Patients receive personalised, effective lifestyle help to improve their health. Arthur comes from a place where he really wants to make the world a better place and he has had the joy of serving many clients and improving their lives.
Episode 12 - Oscar Chalupsky
Olympian and former World Surfski Champion
An interview with Oscar who was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2019, shares his journey, fears and how he continues to keep his fight spirit in all he does. Determination, his competitive nature and disciplined approach to life (exercise, fasting and positive attitude) has carried Oscar through many hours of chemotherapy and radiation. Oscars is a voice for cancer and believes cancer is not a death sentence! A true inspiration for us all.
Episode 13 - Sandy Gordon
Cancer of the Pancreas
An interview with Sandy Gordon who was diagnosed 1st November 2021 with pancreatic cancer. Sandy is 39 years old and is a primary school teacher in Johannesburg. Sandy named her cancer Dennis as she felt it was just easier to refer to him by name rather than “my cancer”. Sandy found out about Dennis when she was admitted to hospital with Pancreatitis. The doctors found lesions on her liver, which turned out to be metastasised Pancreatic Cancer. She is currently undergoing Chemotherapy at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital and fighting to make sure she is cancer free by September. Sandy shares with us that she has a wonderful army of supporters that keep her fighting. Sandy’s motto “One day, one fight at a time!”. A moving but inspirational story which I was privileged to capture as part of our podcast series.
Episode 14 - Dr Chirantan Bose
Director - Patient Care Services Datar Cancer Genetics Limited Gurgaon, India
An interview with Dr Chirantan Bose who discusses the work his organisation is doing with the latest technology and several years of extensive research to offer effective treatment solutions to cancer patients for whom, multiple lines of treatment have failed. Dr Bose brings not only hope to the world of cancer but insight that with early diagnosis that science provides multiple options to explore way to treat cancer patients.
In partnership with Data Cancer Genetics Ltd and Unique Diagnostics South Africa offer some exciting new cancer treatment options.
Dr Chirantan Bose MD, IFCAP (Intl Fellow Member – College of American Pathologists), Post Doc – Molecular Oncology (Univ of Pittsburgh Med Centre), Fellow – Clinical Genetics (Univ of South Wales, UK), MBA (IIT-Bombay), MBA (Washington Univ) Director – Patient Care Services Datar Cancer Genetics Limited Gurgaon, India Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: +91-9963539171 Website: https://datarpgx.com/
Episode 15 - Gill Kretzschmar
An interview with Gill Kretzschmar who has been on both sides of the fence: first as a caregiver to her late husband who battled cancer for four years and then as a cancer survivor of stage three melanoma. I had the pleasure of chatting to Gill about her journey where she shared how she has dedicated her life to giving back to the cancer community in the most profound way.
I urge you to purchase a copy of her book that is both heartwarming and inspiring.
Gill has a degree in psychology and she has held leadership roles in Christian ministry. She is a successful business owner and a proud mom of two sons. Gill facilitates support groups for cancer sufferers and caregivers.
Gill is passionate to share her Christian faith to inspire and encourage others to receive God’s healing at a spiritual, emotional and physical level.
“I have learnt that living in the peace of God defeats anxiety, depression and fear. To overcome cancer and meet the challenges of life, Jesus is the anchor for my soul. He keeps me firm and steadfast.”. “ WHERE TO FROM HERE?” “Anchor for cancer” is life changing, enriching and empowering! This book offers you and your loved ones emotional and spiritual support, practical tips and tools to equip you to walk the journey through cancer.
Replace fear and worry with God’s peace. Receive hope and build faith.
Be guided to manage stress. Anchor in prayer and God’s Word.
Increase your emotional awareness and take care of your thought life.
Release buried hurts and receive new insights. Focus on the healing power of forgiveness. Readers’ comments: “Anchor for cancer“ is exactly what our society needs!” “A life saver in the middle of adversity!” Gill Kretzschmar has been on both sides of the fence: first as a caregiver to her late husband who battled cancer for four years and then as a cancer survivor of stage three melanoma. Gill has a degree in psychology and she has held leadership roles in Christian ministry. She is a successful business owner and a proud mom of two sons. Gill facilitates support groups for cancer sufferers and caregivers. Gill is passionate to share her Christian faith to inspire and encourage others to receive God’s healing at a spiritual, emotional and physical level. “I have learntthat living in the peace of God defeats anxiety, depression and fear. To overcome cancer and meet the challenges of life, Jesus is the anchor for my soul. He keeps me firm and steadfast.” “Anchor for cancer “supports an online course which includes videos of healing testimonies from cancer survivors and dynamic feedback sessions. To register: please visit our website www.anchorforcancer.co.za
Episode 16 - Lisha Nunan
Papillary Carcinoma Cancer Warrior
An interview with Lisha, a cancer survivor that was diagnosed with papillary carcinoma at the age of 25. Lisha was living aboard at the time however returned to SA for her treatment which included a thyroidemctomy and radioactive therapy.
Soon after her treatment Lisha went back to London to continue her life, which proved to be challenging as she struggled to heal properly. After an injury Lisha made the decision to return back to South Africa and now 15 years later has taken a holistic view if her life.
Lisha is an Art of Living practioner who believes that it is really important to not only focus on your eating, exercise and general healthy routine.
Lisha shares how it is just as important to have a strong mental outlook but also using breathing to help control her emotional and remove toxins out of her body.
Lisha shares how her routine includes meditation and yoga which has changed her life where is is living cancer free.
Episode 17 - Andrew Oberholzer
The Prostate Cancer Foundation NPC
Healthcare professionals, who diagnose, treat and research prostate cancer on a daily basis through our Medical and Scientific Advisory Board.
Prostate Cancer Patients, their families and volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of those who have been affected by prostate cancer through our patient affairs board.
Corporate Members who want to assist by providing financial resources and marketing expertise through our marketing and strategic planning board.
It is through the involvement of the medical specialists who research and treat prostate cancer, the companies that develop the treatments, and the patients and their families affected by the disease that makes their organisation unique and enables them to assist with fighting the disease from all angles. Visit their site to find out more and to get involved in some of their events:
Episode 18 - Louise Turner
Chief Operations Officer at Breast Health Foundation (BHF)
Episode 19 - Jean Pionaar
National Operations Manager, Zebra Medical
Jean is a registered nurse, who has worked 16 years in ICU.
Jean shares how she has been working for Zebra past 17 years. We are passionate about all things in the oncology/vascular access space. Our mantra is: Right line, Right patient, Right treatment, Right time. https://zebramedical.com/
Episode 20 - Monica Singer
Professor Monica Singer CA (SA) – Consensys senior strategy and Advisory Board Member at Global Digital Asset & Cryptocurrency Association Monica was diagnosed in 2022 with breast cancer, she shares how cancer has impacted her life and how prevent is so much better than cure.
Monica believes that stress the cause her cancer, although there being a family history of cancer should she have been advised differently she feels she could have put measures in place to prevent her current situation.
Monica treatments include chemotherapy for the rest of her life which she has embraced by ensuring her daily routine includes healthy eating, mediation, exercise and vitamins.
Monica shares her childhood trauma has impacted her diagnosis and now is determined to continue to leave all that in the past and focus on living the best possible life she can.
A inspiring and raw interview with a remarkable lady who wants everyone to know her story so she can help others.
Episode 23 - Nancy White-Cross
Ovarian and Cervical Cancer
In addition to her literary pursuits, Nancy is a dedicated counsellor with a passion for helping individuals navigate through traumas, particularly those related to cancer, as well as other health issues, sexual assault, grief, marital struggles, and financial challenges.
Through her interview, Nancy generously shares her life journey, offering valuable insights into how she conquered cancer and triumphed over various life adversities. Her story is a powerful testament to resilience, illustrating how she has gracefully faced and overcome the obstacles life has presented to her. Nancy’s narrative serves as an inspirational beacon for others facing similar challenges, showcasing the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity.
Episode 25 - Shaun Waison
Nutritionalist from Life Health SA
In this insightful episode, we have the privilege of sitting down with Shaun Waison, a seasoned nutritionalist from Life Health SA, to explore the critical role of nutrition in the context of cancer care. Shaun sheds light on the profound impact of maintaining a healthy diet and leveraging vitamins and supplements to support the body throughout and post cancer treatments.
Join us as we delve into the nuances of how proper nutrition can play a pivotal role in enhancing the overall well-being of individuals undergoing cancer therapies. Shaun shares his expertise on the strategic use of vitamins and supplements, offering practical insights into optimising nutritional intake to bolster the body’s resilience during the challenges of cancer treatment.
Throughout the conversation, Shaun addresses the specific needs of individuals navigating the intricate journey of cancer recovery. From understanding the importance of key nutrients to exploring personalised supplement regimens, this interview provides valuable information for anyone seeking to integrate nutrition as a cornerstone of their cancer care strategy.
Tune in for an engaging and informative discussion that underscores the significance of a balanced diet and targeted supplementation in promoting not just physical health but also overall vitality and resilience during and after cancer treatments. Whether you’re a cancer patient, survivor, or simply interested in the profound impact of nutrition on health, this episode with Shaun Waison is sure to offer valuable insights and practical tips for cultivating a nourished and resilient body. For more information visit: https://www.lifehealthsa.com/
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