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Dube's all-out fight against cancer

By unknown | Jan 17, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Namhla Tshisela

Namhla Tshisela

Popular actress Lillian Dube, who has won the first round in her battle against breast cancer, will now tackle the second round against the disease.

For the next six months, she will undergo chemotherapy to kill any surviving cancer cells in her body.

"The doctors want to make sure that the cancer doesn't come back. The treatment won't interfere with my work because I will be going to hospital every three weeks and I can choose when to go," Dube said yesterday.

The 62-year-old Soul City and Muvhango actress had a cancerous lump removed from her right breast on Friday. She was discharged from hospital on Monday.

The actress was diagnosed with breast cancer last month after a routine check-up.

She has advised women to undergo regular checks to detect signs of breast cancer at an early stage.

Chemotherapy is a combination of drugs that kill or attack cancer cells. Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) spokesman Martha Molete said the treatment was "standard procedure" and would kill tiny cancer cells that were not removed during surgery.

Cansa said side-effects included nausea, vomiting, hair loss, fatigue, increased chance of bruising and bleeding, anaemia and infection.

Dube said she was committed to teaching people about the different types of cancer.

"People don't die from the disease, but they often die from fear and ignorance."

Cansa said a diet high in fibre, low in animal fat and protein, regular exercise, breast feeding, reducing alcohol and avoiding hormone replacement therapy reduce the risk of breast cancer.


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