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Man with cancer

A good palliative care practitioner is a patient’s and an oncologist’s best friend

Oncologist, Dr Irene Hitchin, has seen first-hand the power of early referral palliative care, which is why she introduces palliative care to her serious cancer patients at the first consult – along with the curative treatment plan. The effects are powerful. Clinical and radiation oncologist, Dr Irene Hitchin’s advanced cancer patients have a bit of an advantage. Dr Hitchin is [...]

Our manifesto

As we embark on doing more — better, faster, wider, smarter — and with (and for) more people, we will live our manifesto, inviting others to be a part of what we are guardians to. Gather your pieces. Do the work. Know that the work has its own force and rhythm.Practice not-knowing. But remember that you do know. Widen your [...]

CANSA collaborates with Alignd to increase access to palliative care

[Press release] The Cancer Association of South Africa has partnered with Alignd to improve access to palliative care for cancer patients. Cancer and its treatment can cause physical side effects and result in negative emotional, social and financial consequences for patients and their family. Palliative care is an important part of cancer care that should be included along with treatments. The goal [...]

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“I wish I knew about palliative care as my sister was dying”

Zodwa Sithole, Head of Advocacy for CANSA, lost her sister, Elizabeth, to cancer 10 years ago. Because no one had offered Elizabeth palliative care early on, she experienced a lot of pain and uncertainty. This is Zodwa’s story… Before Zodwa Sithole became the Head of Advocacy for the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), she was a nurse, with training [...]

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My 3 big things for 2022

Alignd CEO, Dr Lungi Nyathi, is excited about the year ahead for Alignd, and for value-based palliative care. Here’s why… “Without this care [through Alignd], things would be very difficult for my mom and us – the support for the family is particularly valuable. It’s given us all the strength to carry on. If anyone has serious cancer, they should [...]

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Does your medical aid offer you ongoing palliative (not only end-of-life) care?

Recently Discovery Health announced their new member benefits for 2022. We were thrilled to see they had enhanced their palliative care offering to cover not just end-of-life care but early access too. Palliative care, in the true sense of the term, is ongoing support on diagnosis of a serious illness. We’re thrilled because we are no longer the lone voice [...]

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Alignd announces Dr Lungi Nyathi as new CEO

Press release: Alignd has appointed Dr Lungi Nyathi as CEO from December this year Dr Lungi Nyathi joins Alignd from Medscheme/Afrocentric Health where she served as Executive Director for over five years. She brings to her new role a wealth of experience, having worked in the healthcare sector in executive, management, and clinical roles over the past 11 years. Welcoming Nyathi, [...]

How an extra layer of care is bringing relief to a family dealing with serious cancer

Heather Duiker* is 78. Her daughter, Geraldine (45) describes her mom as creative, loyal, and straight-forward. Two years ago, Heather was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer, and Geraldine now adds “tough” to the list describing her mom. “When we heard the diagnosis, there was such disbelief. Then we were just shattered,” says Geraldine. But Heather just wanted to find out what [...]

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