Breast Cancer.

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

October being ‘Breast Cancer awareness month’, the Grey’s Oncology Department organised and embarked on a successful cancer walk from the Midlands Mall to Grey’s Hospital premises, where a comprehensive programme took place on the 22nd of October 2010.

This campaign was aimed at creating an awareness of the types of cancers that the Grey’s Oncology Department manages, and to educate the community about the importance of early detection of cancer, hence the theme “Early Detection, Better Chance for Cure.” More than 300 people participated in the walk from Midlands Mall to Grey’s Hospital, where many people were screened for different kinds of cancers. These screening procedures were provided by The Umgugundlovu District in collaboration with the Grey’s Hospital Staff, Zoe Life and other non profit organisations. On the same day that screening was provided at Grey’s Hospital, it was also occurring at the Midlands Mall and included pap smears, breast examinations, blood sugar and blood pressure testing as well as HIV counseling and testing. The comprehensive

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

October being ‘Breast Cancer awareness month’, the Grey’s Oncology Department organised and embarked on a successful cancer walk from the Midlands Mall to Grey’s Hospital premises, where a comprehensive programme took place on the 22nd of October 2010.

This campaign was aimed at creating an awareness of the types of cancers that the Grey’s Oncology Department manages, and to educate the community about the importance of early detection of cancer, hence the theme “Early Detection, Better Chance for Cure.” More than 300 people participated in the walk from Midlands Mall to Grey’s Hospital, where many people were screened for different kinds of cancers. These screening procedures were provided by The Umgugundlovu District in collaboration with the Grey’s Hospital Staff, Zoe Life and other non profit organisations. On the same day that screening was provided at Grey’s Hospital, it was also occurring at the Midlands Mall and included pap smears, breast examinations, blood sugar and blood pressure testing as well as HIV counseling and testing. The comprehensive programme that was held at the Grey’s Recreational Hall provided the community with extensive education on the signs and symptoms of the different kinds of cancers. Information brochures about cancer and services available to the community were distributed. This very successful campaign was supported and sponsored by a number of businesses and communities including Food Town Super Save Supermarket, Parklane Superspar, Bling Shaneeza Kadir, Balfour Car wash, Coo-ee soft drinks, Roche Pharmaceuticals, Tecmed Africa, Ariksha`s Garden decorators and other non profit organizations like Howick Community Church, Wesley Methodist Church, Moments in Time, Reach for Recovery, Hospice, Cansa, CHOC, and Virgin Active.

Comrades Marathon Association has donated 20 blankets and Exclusive Books has given 200 books to our Oncology Department. Hirsch has donated 4 blankets and supplied the water for the refreshment stand that the walkers gratefully used during the walk. ABSA has donated a garden umbrella and Boxer Superstore gave a R1000 voucher which was used to buy food and refreshments for the community that attended our awareness day. All flowers and décor was supplied by Woolworths.

In a nutshell: Since its official opening in 2006, the Grey’s Oncology Department has provided cancer treatment to patients from the Western part of KZN.

The department operates on a referral system and only patients with positive histology are seen. All patients with different types of cancers are provided with services such as combined clinics, follow up clinics, Chemotherapy, Brachytherapy and Radiotherapy.

The mission of the Greys Oncology Department is to promote holistic oncological services to cancer patients in association with other medical disciplines.

Some of the Oncology Department staff who were involved in organizing ‘The walk.’ programme that was held at the Grey’s Recreational Hall provided the community with extensive education on the signs and symptoms of the different kinds of cancers. Information brochures about cancer and services available to the community were distributed.

  • Mrs. L.P. Chonco
  • Manager: Oncology Department