Diagnosed at the beginning of 2012, Perhouse says her lack of knowledge about the disease made the diagnosis harder to handle – at least at first.
“At the beginning, I felt extremely apprehensive as I did not know anything about the disease, treatments and causes,” she tells OurHealth. “I empowered myself by reading up as much as I could.”
Now a survivor, she encourages others with cancer to remain hopeful.
“Often the word ‘cancer‘ is seen as a death sentence and brings fear and loss of hope to people,” Perhouse adds. “I encourage each individual affected by this disease to fight back because cancer can be beaten.”
Klerksdorp Hospital Clinical Manager Dr David Leburu advises that people go for regular cancer screenings in order to catch the disease early. This includes pap smear exams for women and prostate checks for men.
Improvements at Klerksdorp Hospital now mean that North West cancer patients like Perhouse no longer have to be referred to radiation and oncology units in Gauteng.
Meanwhile, Nedbank has also begun supporting the patients more than 1,800 cancer patients, providing toiletries during their stays for treatment.