"We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world"
"So long as you can sweeten another’s pain, life is not in vain."
"I wonder what becomes of lost opportunities? Perhaps our guardian angel gathers them up as we drop them, and will give them back to us in the beautiful sometime when we have grown wiser, and learned how to use them rightly."
- Helen Keller, The Story of My Life
”Whilst my career journey took me through an enriched path of discovery, I found myself where I was destined to be, specialising as a Radiation Oncologist.
My contribution in Oncology is to make daily, positive changes to the lives of my patients as well as their family members. I offer patient focused care throughout the cancer journey. Whilst we work toward the ideal of cure, I ensure that in the very least of outcomes, my patients receive symptom relief whilst maintaining the dignity and quality of life they deserve – throughout their treatment.
I feel that knowledge comes through academic pursuit, whilst wisdom is attained through the experience of life and its complexities. How we nurture wisdom and translate it into value, for one another, is what makes a difference.”
Dr Etsebeth obtained her MBChB at the University of Pretoria in 2000 and thereafter joined a private healthcare practice. It was here that she realised a deeper desire to specialise and in October of 2010, started as a registrar at the University of Pretoria, in the Department of Radiation Oncology.
After qualifying as a Radiation Oncologist in October of 2014, Dr Etsebeth joined the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital.
In April of 2016, Dr Etsebeth completed her Masters of Medicine in the Speciality of Radiation Oncology from the University of Pretoria, where she achieved cum laude for the research element of her dissertation.
She is a member of SASCRO and the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESMO). Dr Etsebeth s latest contributions to these societies include an oral presentation at SASCRO in 2015 as well as a visual presentation for the 2016 ESMO conference in Copenhagen.
Dr Etsebeth practises at the Groenkloof Radiation Oncology and Mûelmed Radiation Oncology Centres.
Dr Etsebeth has a special interest in Gynaecological malignancies, Head and Neck Cancers, Central Nervous System tumours and rare cancer types.
Research and training is of importance to her. She continues to create value toward cancer research and is currently a supervisor of two clinical oncology registrars research projects.