Author - Cath Davis

Much-needed support on an often-lonely road

Dr Pelisa Ford is a practising oncologist and palliative care physician. That’s a fairly rare combination, but a very powerful one for her patients. Here’s why… “I wouldn’t be the doctor I am today, without palliative care,” says Dr Pelisa Ford. When Pelisa was a medical officer in oncology – not yet a qualified oncologist – her role was to look after [...]

We’re offering an internship

We are looking for an intern with computer science skills to join the Alignd team! We are a strongly collaborative team, working in the best interests of patients. Alignd is a managed-care organisation that brings together a unique combination of clinical, financial, and analytical skills with the aim of building a compassionate, patient-centred, and sustainable health system. We offer comprehensive financing solutions for [...]

Taking care to people’s homes

Palliative care doctor, Dr Cameron Bruce, chooses to care for patients away from a frenetic hospital environment where physicians run in and out of rooms, order lab tests and check results. He chooses to sit down with patients and their families, to stay longer, and offer deep care and comfort. When curative treatment ceases to work, patients can sometimes feel [...]

Palliative care guidelines in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic

The Association of Palliative Care Practitioners of South Africa (Palprac) has compiled guidelines for managing adult patients currently receiving home-based palliative care during the COVID-19 pandemic. As ever, the role of palliative care practitioners in the time of COVID-19 is to keep the “care” in healthcare, even as systems, patients and providers are under siege. Our colleagues at Palprac have put together guidance [...]

Cancer support groups that you can lean on

Consider joining one of these active support groups which connect cancer patients, their loved ones and caregivers with others who have “been there”, and provide a safe place to share and work through feelings and challenges. Hearing the news that you or someone you love has cancer is devastating, and can set off a range of emotional responses: shock, anger and disbelief. [...]

Questions to ask your palliative care doctor

Take a look at this list of questions to ask your palliative care doctor so you feel informed and empowered during your illness. When you’re diagnosed with a serious illness, it’s common to have a mixture of many emotions – fear, anger, sadness, anxiety, guilt. But also, if you have had symptoms for a long time or have undergone [...]

Palliative care FAQs

We answer some of the most commonly asked questions around palliative care from patients and their families. Do I need to stop seeing my oncologist if I start to see a palliative care doctor?No, palliative care is an extra layer of support and the palliative care doctor will work alongside your oncologist and any other involved healthcare practitioners such as [...]

The need for kindness, and really listening

Dr Nosisa Matsiliza wants medical practitioners and patients to know that palliative care doesn’t mean giving up; palliative care is not just for the very last days of life. Dr Nosisa Matsiliza was practising palliative care long before she officially trained as a palliative care doctor in 2017. The holistic approach to care – looking at physical, [...]

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