Cayla Mills, a cancer survivor, stated the following:
“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have”
Cancer is a life journey with many dimensions. At DMO, we don’t only manage an illness – we manage the patients overall well-being, their emotional journey as well as that of their family members.
Although I am now a trained Radiation Oncologist, my prior experience working with patients challenged with anxiety and depression, positioned me with a depth of insight toward a patient’s emotional struggle – beyond the physical illness.
The relationships I form with my patients are important to me, as I walk a life journey with them, beyond the cancer treatment itself.
My Grandfather dedicated his life to medicine. At the age of 45 years, he decided to specialise as a Radiation Oncologist. In many ways he as well as my father, a clinician too, were my mentors and inspiration which nurtured my dedication to be part of a world that improves quality of life through advancing science and technology.
Dr Mark qualified as a radiation oncologist in October 2016 after completing her registrar training and masters’ thesis at CMJA Hospital under the Witwatersrand University where she joined the radiation oncology department in September of 2011.
In 2010 and early 2011 Dr Mark worked in the department of psychiatry and attained a diploma in mental health.
Dr Mark completed her community service at Tambo Memorial Hospital, in 2009, in the department of paediatrics and the casualty department.
Dr Mark completed her two year internship in 2007 and 2008 at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2006.
Dr Mark practises at the Sandton Oncology Centre and West Rand Oncology Centre and has a special interest in Breast cancer, Head and Neck and Prostate cancers.