10/11/2013

Vincent Pallotti Oncology Centre

Last week, the new oncology centre at Vincent Pallotti Hospital opened.  There are a number of oncologists and breast specialists working there: Dr Gudgeon, Dr Boeddinghaus, Dr de Villiers and Dr Jacqui Hall.  They are to be joined by others at a later date.

Shortly, the new radiotherapy machine will be working.  One of the major challenges of treating with radiation is to minimise the damage to the surrounding healthy tissues.  The new machine will allow treatment to be administered more precisely.   I see a number of women who have had their radiotherapy in neighbouring African countries where there are only old machines.  It serves as a constant reminder of how lucky we are to have several modern oncology centres in the Western Cape.



The chemotherapy room has been open for sometime.  It is light and airy.  What caught my attention were the quotes on the walls.  In the chemo room, there was a quote from Mother Theresa:

Life is life, fight for it
Life is beautiful, admire it
Life is a challenge, meet it

Outside the chemo room are a series of blocks. Different women have added their pictures or their thoughts.  Dr Anne Gudgeon (who is a breast cancer survivor) has written the following:

"Life is not about weathering the storm.  It is about learning to dance in the rain."


What inspirational quotes helped you get through your treatment?


The last word has to go to Nelson Mandela:



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