Treatment

Childhood cancers are different from those that affect adults and require very different treatment protocols. While adult oncologists are experts in their fields, many of them are not familiar with the special requirements of childhood cancers. At CHOC, we strongly recommend that any child diagnosed with cancer be treated by a specialist paediatric oncologist.

Childhood cancer is also one area where it is generally accepted that private medicine is not the preferred route. To develop the expertise required, the medical team needs to see a large number of patients and the occurrence of childhood cancer is significantly less than that of adult cancer. This has led to childhood cancers worldwide being treated mostly in public sector hospitals.

Specialist Treatment Centres

We are fortunate that in South Africa there are some very good paediatric oncology units attached to academic teaching hospitals and in some private hospitals there are also practicing paediatric oncologists. The specialist treatment centres use well-established international protocols and achieve comparable results. CHOC plays an integral role in providing support to these units.
 
Where to get treatment

You can contact your local CHOC region for referrals to recommended doctors or you contact your nearest treatment centre, where CHOC has a presence, as indicated below. We advise that you get an opinion from a specialist paediatric oncologist and would like to remind you that you have the right to a second opinion. After all, a child deserves nothing less than the best.

Specialist treatment centres for childhood cancer

Gauteng

Johannesburg

Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (CMJAH)
Jubilee Road, Parktown, 2196
Tel: 011 488 3294
Contact: Professor Janet Poole 082 469 5762 Janet.poole@wits.ac.za
Susan Kriel- Secretary 011 488 3290 Susanna.kriel@wits.ac.za

Chris Hani / Baragwanath Hospital (CHBara)
Goldfields Paediatric Oncology, College Rd, 2030
Tel: 011 933 9058/8243
Toll free Helpline 0800 333 555
Contact: Dr Linda Wainwright 082 821 9985 Rosalind.wainwright@wits.ac.za
Zukisa Mukwevho - Secretary 071 746 4753 Zukisa.mukwevho@wits.ac.za

Pretoria

Steve Biko Academic Hospital
Voortrekker Road and Malan St, Capital Park, 0001
Tel: 012 354 1000, Paediatric Oncology ext. 3106, 3103, 3101
Contact: Dr David Reynders 082 398 1485 David.reynders@up.ac.za
Fikile Ndlovu – ward sister 012 354 3106

Unitas Hospital
Clifton Avenue, Lyttleton, Centurion, 0140
Tel 012 677 8000
Contact: Dr David Reynders 082 398 1485 David.reynders@up.ac.za
Dr Charmaine Jacobs 082 820 7435 cjaconko@mweb.co.za
Head Sister Belinda Austin 084 501 6177 Waustin@mighty.co.za

Little Company of Mary
50 George Storrar Drive, Groenkloof, 0181
Tel 012 424 3600/ 3658
Contact: Dr Lourens de Jager 012 346 6701/ 083 428 9360 ldejager@icon.co.za
Sister Alida du Toit 012 346 6690/ 084 206 7841 Adt@mpoc.co.za

 

KwaZulu-Natal

Pietermartizburg

Grey’s Hospital
Town Bush Rd, Pietermaritzburg, 3201
Tel: 033 897 3000
Contact:
Dr Beverley Neethling 0844025638 beverleynee@gmail.com

Durban

Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital    
800 Vusi Mzemela Road (Cato Manor Road)    Bellair    
Tel:  031 240 1000
Contact:
Dr Thejpal (B3East) thejpal@ukzn.ac.za    Tel: 031 240 1591/2
Prof Hadley (B3West) Tel: 031 240 1580

Netcare Parklands Hospital
75 Hopelands Rd, Overport, 4001
Tel: 031 242 4000
Contact:
Dr Monica Vaithilingum    083 784 6871 vaithil@medis.co.za

 

Eastern Cape

Port Elizabeth

Dora Nginza Hospital
Spondo St, Ibhayi, 6205
Tel: 041 406 4111
Contact:
Dr Johani Vermeulen  072 253 2283 johani.vermeulen@gmail.com

East London

Frere Hospital
Mail Road, East London 5200
Tel: 043 709 1111
Contact:
Dr Barry van Emmenes 043 709 2623 barry.vanemmenes@hlt.ecprov.gov.za   
Dr Rema Mathew 043 709 2511 Rema.Mathew@hlt.ecprov.gov.za 

 

Western Cape

Cape Town

Red Cross Memorial Children’s Hospital
Klipfontein Road, Mowbray, Cape Town, 7500
Tel: 021 658 5111
Contact:
Professor Alan Davidson 021 658 5280 Alan.davidson@uct.ac.za
Sister Felicity Douglas 021 651 5185 fdouglas@pgwc.gov.za 

Cape Town

Groote Schuur Hospital
Groote Schuur Drive, off Main road, Observatory, Cape Town, 7500
Tel: 021 404 2187/8
Contact:
Dr Jeanette Parkes Jeanette.parkes@uct.ac.za
 
Tygerberg Hospital
Francie van Zyl Avenue, Bellville, Cape Town, 7505
Tel: 021 938 4289
Contact:
Professor Cristina Stefan 082 451 8228 Sc@sun.ac.za
Nelia Olivier- ward secretary 021 938 9219

 

Free State

Bloemfontein

Netcare Universitas Private Hospital
(a public-private partnership with Unitas)
1 Logeman street, Universitas, Bloemfontein, 9301
Tel: 051 506 3500
Contact:
Professor David Stones 083 444 7233 stonesdk@ufs.ac.za

Bloemfontein

Universitas Hospital
1 Logeman street, Universitas, Bloemfontein, 9301
Tel: 051 506 3500
Contact:
Professor David Stones 083 444 7233 stonesdk@ufs.ac.za

 

Treatment centres where CHOC does not have a presence

Eastern Cape

Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth Provincial Hospital
Mt Croix, Port Elizabeth 6001
Tel: 041 392 3911
Contact:
Dr Hilda Nel 0825551196
Dr Littleton 0413923535 office@igazi.org.za

Gauteng

Johannesburg

Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre (DGMC)
21 Eton Road, Houghton, 2041
Tel: 011 356 6161/ 082 436 5723  

 

 

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