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These articles concern health, wellness, and medical topics, and are some of my most recent published works. The majority, at present, deal with cancer and radiation oncology as I have a loved one who has had to battle both cancer and difficulties pertaining to South Africa’s public healthcare system.


Open Letter: Dr Mokgethi, you must act to address Gauteng’s oncology challenges

Below is an open letter by Warren Potter to Gauteng Health MEC Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi. Potter, through a loved one, has been affected by the ongoing challenges with radiation oncology in Gauteng. For many cancer activists, cancer patients, and their families the radiation oncology the province has reached a crisis point. 

Dear Dr Mokgethi,

On 20 June, your department posted two tweets under the hashtag #cancerawareness. One was a promotional tweet on “How toread more


Dear MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi, you must address Gauteng’s cancer treatment crisis

For many activists, cancer patients and their families, the radiation oncology challenges in Gauteng have reached a crisis point. Many believe this oncology crisis is allowed to escalate in the absence of tangible proactive action by the Gauteng government. In this case, no news is not good news… read more


Open Letter: Dr Mokgethi, you must act to address Gauteng’s oncology challenges

For many cancer activists, cancer patients, and their families the radiation oncology challenges in Gauteng have reached a crisis point. Many believe this oncology crisis is allowed to escalate in the absence of tangible proactive action by the Gauteng government. In this case, no news is not good news… read more


Is the Revolutionary New Late-Stage Breast Cancer Drug, Enhertu®, Beneficial in a South African Context?

Social media has been buzzing with news of the revolutionary new breast cancer drug, Enhertu®, and how it will be able to extend and enhance the lives of late-stage and metastatic breast cancer survivors. Make no mistake, this is great news but, in a South African context, how… read more


Paying the Price Because of Gauteng’s Radiation Oncology Crisis

Public sector cancer patients bear the brunt of Gauteng’s Radiation Oncology Crisis. The implications of long radiation oncology waiting lists in Gauteng’s public hospitals are devastating. The cost of waiting too long for radiation therapy comes at a price far exceeding the mere financial implication. Too many cancer patients on the lists are dying, with… read more


An Open Letter to Dr. Nolutshungu, New Head of the Gauteng Department of Health, Concerning the Radiation Oncology Crisis

Dear Nomonde,

Firstly, congratulations on your recent appointment. I trust that you will be able to make some inroads into the huge challenges that presently face the Gauteng Department of Health.

I am writing this open letter to you in the hope that… read more


Due to the Oncology Crisis in Gauteng Public Hospitals, Is There Any Hope Left for Inflammatory Breast Cancer Patients in South Africa?

Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) is certainly breast cancer. In fact, it’s a breast cancer overachiever. It is extremely rare, incredibly volatile and has a competitive spirit that makes it extremely difficult to beat. And it really loves being ignored, which is exactly what the Gauteng Department of Health in South Africa is currently doing… read more


The reality of inflammatory breast cancer in the public health sector

Despite the ongoing struggles of attaining cancer care in the public health sector, Jennifer Blowers hasn’t given up and ensured she got the correct treatment she needed. She shares her first year since diagnosis with us. Jennifer Blowers (48) lives in Muldersdrift, Gauteng with her… read more