Specialist on cancer, art and adapting ...

2017-11-02 06:01
PHOTO: omega moagiNetcare Margate Hospital’s gynaecology and obstetrics specialist Dr Shavershree Govender.

PHOTO: omega moagiNetcare Margate Hospital’s gynaecology and obstetrics specialist Dr Shavershree Govender.

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NOW with a Master class certificate in fetal medicine from St Georges University in London, Netcare Margate Private Hospital gynaecology and obstetrics specialist Dr Shavershree Govender has added a new hat to her revered qualifications.

Dr Govender, who had obtained her specialist degree by 29, also holds a diploma in fertility and reproduction from the University of Kiel, Germany.

She previously served at Edendale State Hospital and Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital as acting head of the oncology department, however, has been in private practice for six years.

She has a special interest in gynaecology-oncology and has done a lot of work with the cancer institute and hospice in Pietermaritzburg, where she was born.

“My profession is very fulfilling. Most of the time we obtain positive results which positively impact people’s lives.

“On the oncology side, I have had to deal with cancer patients and their loved ones and the whole experience can be very emotionally taxing.

“This is why I specialise in an area of oncology that works with removing the tumours,” said Dr Govender.

She moved from Pietermaritzburg MediClinic to Netcare Margate in June, a decision she said was prompted by the birth of her son Dax (2).

“I wanted a better quality of life. The South Coast is much more relaxed and I have more time for my family now.

“I do sometimes miss the hustle and bustle of my previous working life but I am adapting,” said Dr Govender.

When she is not saving lives in her doctor’s rooms Dr Govender enjoys the outdoors, travelling and painting.

“Art and all my other activities help me be more rounded. As a person, you must open yourself up to all the various aspects of yourself and strive to be the best that you can be using all the attributes that were gifted to you.”

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to a fold Dr Govender advises women to be vigilant in early detection.

“You can start checking your breasts as early as 21 years of age. The art is to be familiar with your breasts because no two breasts are the same. Be familiar with your own architecture so you are able to feel when there is a difference, and investigate your family history.”

Art and all my other activities help me be
more rounded. As a person, you must open yourself up to all the various aspects of yourself and strive to be the best that you can be using all the attributes that were gifted to you.

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