Meet the Medical Experts

Top healthcare experts in the fields of cancer treatment, research and patient support share their experiences, and offer insights relevant to all of us.


Cancer surgeon shares valuable lessons after surviving prostate cancer

Dr Justus Apffelstaedt, specialist surgeon, prostate cancer survivor and founder of multi-disciplinary centre Apffelstaedt and Associates, shares advice from his personal and professional experience on how to face a cancer diagnosis head-on.


Going nuclear: beating cancer on a molecular level

Professor Mike Sathekge, Head of the Nuclear Medicine Department at the South African Medical Research Council, shares the latest advances in the use of nuclear medicine to treat cancer.


Discovery Foundation supports oncologist’s passion

Medical oncologist Dr Sze Wai Chan has always worked to make a real impact in what she calls the “most challenging, noble, yet humbling” of medical careers.


Discovery Foundation supports paediatric oncologist

She has a raft of research behind her, yet, it’s the human touch she witnessed in a paediatric oncology team, while a student, that still motivates Dr Nadia Beringer to ensure her patients receive the very best medical treatment.


Determined to win the battle against childhood cancers

Paediatric oncologist, Dr Tanya Schickerling, works to raise awareness of childhood cancers, to encourage earlier diagnosis and treatment.


Conquering poverty to save kids with cancer

Hard work and overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles are all too familiar to South Africa’s first black paediatric oncologist.


Colorectal cancer – a simple test can save your life

Surgical gastroenterologist, Dr Dean Lutrin, shares fascinating insight into colorectal cancer – which can occur in fit, healthy people who are asymptomatic in the early stages.


Breaking stereotypes and saving lives

Dr Evelyn Moshokoa is quiet and humble. The 46-year-old head of the Urology Department at the University of Pretoria and Chief Urologist at Steve Biko Academic Hospital is also South Africa’s first black female urologist.


Guys, your sexual health check-ups matter – top urologist

Veteran urology chief, Professor Shingai Mutambirwa is passionate about getting men to be proactive about their health, screen regularly to nip illness in the bud and to adopt healthy lifestyle habits.


Solving life’s puzzles one DNA strand at a time

Professor Amanda Krause heads up the Division of Human Genetics at the National Health Laboratory Service and the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She took some time out of her busy schedule to chat to us.


Bringing school to children with cancer

Life has showered childhood cancer educator Adri Ludick with children. She’s raised them, taught them, managed a hospital school, written training documents and adapted school curricula. Her passion lies in helping children with cancer through schooling.


A bright young mind behind medical oncology

Dr Keo Tabane, a specialist physician based at the Sandton Oncology Centre in Johannesburg, is one of just a few medical oncologists in the country. We chatted to her about what her job entails.


Catching childhood cancer early ensures better outcomes: Prof Janet Poole

Unlike most adult cancers, cancer in children can be fast-growing and should be treated as an emergency says Professor Janet Poole.


Personal growth is cancer’s greatest gift - oncologist

Medical oncologist Dr Devan Moodley wishes that more people led healthier lifestyles to reduce the chances of cancer occurring. He also believes early detection is key to the best prognosis when cancer does occur.


What is holistic cancer survivorship care all about?

One of very few doctors of her kind in South Africa, “Survivorship Care” GP, Dr Inge Kriel, works at the Netcare Milpark Breast Care Centre of Excellence in Gauteng, set up and headed by breast cancer specialist surgeon, Professor Carol Benn.

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