Cancer of the Prostate: Taking a closer look

Did you know?

A man is more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer.

What is the prostate?

The prostate is a small gland in men that is part of the reproductive system. It is about the shape and size of a walnut. The prostate rests below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It surrounds part of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder. The prostate helps make semen, which carries sperm from the testicles when a man ejaculates.

Are you at risk for prostate cancer?

Many men with prostate cancer don’t have symptoms until their cancer gets worse.

That’s why you should know your risks:

  • Age – More than two out of every three prostate cancers are found in men over 65.
  • Family history – Men with two or more relatives with prostate cancer are more than four times as likely to have it themselves and men whose relatives were diagnosed before age 65 run the most risk.
  • Race – African men get prostate cancer at a rate 56 percent higher than Caucasians.
  • Weight – Obesity can lead to a delay in diagnosis, longer recovery from surgery and a higher risk of death.
  • Diet – Men who eat a diet high in animal fat may have a higher risk. Those whose diets are higher in fruits and vegetables may have a lower risk

Symptoms and Detection

Most men will not notice any symptoms, especially if their cancer is detected in its early stages. Men who do notice symptoms report some of the following:

  • Urinating a lot, particularly at night
  • Trouble starting or controlling urination, weak or interrupted flow, or painful urination
  • Difficulty having an erection
  • Painful ejaculation, or blood or urine in semen
  • Pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips or upper thighs

When there are no symptoms, prostate cancer can be found during a routine

prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test. The blood test screens for raised levels of PSA, a protein made by the prostate.

It is recommended that you get tested every year after age 40.

Treatment Options

When detected early, nine in ten prostate cancers can be cured. Treatments include:

  • Radiation: Radioactive beams or metal pellets kill the cancer cells.
  • Hormone therapy: The prostate cancer growth is slowed and testosterone levels are lowered.
  • Radical prostatectomy: The prostate gland and some nearby tissue are removed.


TEST. Call Oncocare Cancer Treatment Centre for an appointment today.

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ZIMA and Oncocare co-host a Walkathon

According to the Cancer Registry, there has been a 50% increase in cancer cases over the past decade. The fight against Cancer continues with the thrust to encourage communities to engage in healthy living, eat well and exercise, all pivotal in lowering the risk of developing Cancer.

In light of this, the Zimbabwe Medical Association (ZIMA) and Oncocare Zimbabwe are co-hosting a walkathon to raise Cancer awareness in the Zimbabwe community. The 5km Walkathon will take place on the 15th of July 2017 starting from 06h00 and is open to all ages.

For those who feel up to more than 5km, a 10km route is also available for running or walking. Bothroutes start and ending at Belgravia Sports Club in Harare.


On the 25th of November 2016, Oncocare hosted it’s first walkathon, #strut4Cancer, with more than 200 people attending in show of support. This year, the joint walkathon is meant to be bigger, better and a demonstration that we all have to play.

Join us in support of the walk. Good health adds life to age.

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Oncocare Offical Launch

Oncocare was officially opened on the 25th of April, 2017. The Minister of Health and Child welfare, Dr David Parirenyatwa, graced the site with his presence, taking a tour of the facilities and addressing over 200 guests in attendance.




Testimonials were given by two patients treated at Oncocare which gave the audience a real tangible experience of Cancer and the impact it has on one’s life.



Also in attendance was Mr. Donance Kangausaru, who has beed getting aid from the Oncocare Zimbabwe network of doctors and specialists. Read Mr. Kangausaru’s story here.


Oncocare would like to thank all those who attended the official opening and all those who helped to ensure it’s success. Special thanks go to Farai Mpofu (below), Oncocare Public Communications executive, who together with her team managed to put together the event.




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Happy International Women’s Day!

Oncocare would like to wish all the women around the world a Happy International Women’s day.

We especially acknowledge the women in our Oncocare community who partake in our endeavors to fight against Cancer.


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Retail Pharmacy Now Open!

Did you know that we have a retail pharmacy at our Oncology center?

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The pharmacy caters to patients undergoing treatment so that there is no need to go off-site for prescribed drugs.

Over the counter drugs also available for walk in patients in the neighborhood. Do not hesitate to call the pharmacy for further assistance.

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Donance Kangausaru – Treatment Followup

On the 16th of November, We published an article explaining how Oncocare planned to assist Mr. Kangausaru with local treatment.

His story is so inspiring we have decided to share it with you:

It all started when I noticed a very small lump below the bottom of my right eye which I thought was just a swollen artery. It was painless at first so I brushed it off, telling myself that it would disappear.  As the lump grew in size it became a tumor and the pain increased.

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I first went to Parirenyatwa Hospital for treatment. Results from tests carried out revealed that the tumor was in fact cancerous. The tumour was operated on, but reappeared after a few months. The pain was excruciating, especially when trying to close my eyes. It came to a point where I was only using my left eye.


I was hopeless. I thought that was the end of my life. I was referred to India, but did not have the$10 000 required for medical treatment and related traveling expenses. I could smell my death and was in unbearable pain. I appealed to the public for assistance and received an overwhelming response which I am grateful for. However, the donations were far from enough. Raising the funds was proving to be a tremendous challenge.


Right at the point when I was losing hope, I received a call that changed my life. It was from Oncocare Cancer Centre Zimbabwe, offering to give me a new lease of life by offering medical treatment. Suddenly, there was hope. Oncocare Zimbabwe, a local Cancer treatment center, heard my plight through efforts of the media. Oncocare championed my cause by offering and coordinating my treatment in the form of CT scans and pathology services as well as pulling together their medical resources and network of related specialists and hospital. All my treatment was done locally in Zimbabwe instead of traveling to India. My hope was revived and I was full of life again.


During the middle January 2017 I was booked at West End Clinic for an operation to remove the tumour and it was successfully done by our local clinicians. I could not believe that such a major operation could be done here in Zimbabwe without any complications. I am really grateful that we have such a great team of local experienced doctors. Now I am a free man; my eye sight is restored and the pain is bearable as I am on my way to recovery.

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Mr. Kangausaru on his visit to Oncocare after surgery.

I would like to thank all who have assisted me in various ways including the operating doctor, anaesthetist, West End Hospital, the media who have brought my cause to the public front and last but not least Oncocare Zimbabwe. For me besides that I am feeling better, the other important part is that I got treatment in Zimbabwe instead of going to India for cancer treatment.


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Mr. Kangausaru with Oncocare C.E.O, Mr Deda

To all Zimbabweans and the world at large, I say this monster called Cancer is real. Seek diagnosis and treatment early. Do not ignore any lump or waste time blaming illness on witchcraft. We need to educate each other about the various forms of Cancer, hence programs like Cancer Awareness campaigns should be carried out regularly. Cancer is a killer disease if treatment is not done early. Let us unite and fight this fiery animal. Every day people are dying due to cancer related diseases. It is a national disaster.

Let us help each other. Early detection, early treatment and a life is saved. Let us have faith in local doctors. They can do it. Oncocare and its partners did it for me.


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— Mr. Kangausaru–

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