De Zeven Guest Lodge

During seasons of change it is inevitable to evaluate what the future of an industry might entail. When large portions of the events industry  came to a stand still during 2020 it was clear that the way in which we plan and celebrate a wedding would change dramatically. For the first time smaller, more intimate weddings options were being embraced by local couples and we are certain than a lot of our international clients would soon follow this trend too. 

South Africa is still one of the most sought after destinations for weddings and regardless of international travel restrictions our industry has the capacity to pivot and offer solutions catering to more intimate celebrations. 

In light of the pandemic, more boutique venues are opening their doors to specifically cater to smaller wedding celebrations and De Zeven Guest Lodge is a sure favourite. 

De Zeven Guest Lodge, is an exceptional Cape Winelands retreat overlooking the breathtaking mountains of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, this spot is perfect for a intimate elopement. You can look forward to the finest bed & breakfast experience and personal service, while admiring the incomparable sight of mountains soaring above you, and the valley opening at your feet. 

Partnering with the spectacular venue, we created a styled shoot inspired by the changing of the season, to serve as inspiration for your intimate celebration. This shoot illustrates that a smaller wedding can be beautifully done to include al the traditional wedding details, but at. smaller, more intimate scale. If you are a bride, who prefers a hassle free wedding and avoids the spot light; a micro wedding might be the perfect solution for you! 

Why should I choose Radiosurgery?

The main reason patients choose Frameless Radiosurgery is because of its effectiveness and because it is non-invasive and painless. It is also very safe with a low side effect profile. Today, there is no need for a metal frame to be screwed into the patient’s skull, and treatment can be completed as fast as within 15min. In addition, in cancer patients, frameless Radiosurgery results in very low downtime, so this allows for patients to receive their chemotherapy cycles on time, so that the other areas of disease in the body can still continue to be kept under control while Radiosurgery addresses the target tumor.

What are other alternative treatment options?

Other mainstream alternatives include Open Surgery, Minimally-Invasive surgery, and Thermal or Cryo-Ablations. It is important that treatments are tailored to the individual patient in a multi-disciplinary setting for the best outcomes. As mentioned above, SRS can be given in combination with other local treatments depending on the shape and location of the tumor.

What are the key areas I need to focus on when choosing my Radiosurgery treatment?

Radiosurgery involves delivering extremely high doses of radiation to a focused area. Thus the margin for error is very small and radiation once released cannot be reversed. Hence not only must the Radiosurgeon in-charge be well trained in radiation medicine, he must also have the necessary training in handling the navigational software and radiation delivery equipment, as well as have sufficient clinical experience in giving high radiation doses to different areas of the body. In addition, he needs to ensure that his entire radiation team is well coordinated and familiar with Radiosurgery treatment protocols and quality assurance procedures so that the final result is safe and effective. As the saying goes, we are only as strong as our weakest link.

What are the conditions treated using Radiosurgery?

The most common type of cancerous tumour treated with Radiosurgery is Brain and Spine metastasis. This describes the situation when cells have spread from the original location either into the brain or to the spine. Studies have shown that using targeted radiation helps to preserve the memory of patients, which may be affected if the whole brain is irradiated. At the same time, hair loss can be avoided too. Many patients with brain or spine metastasis require other treatments such as chemotherapy, or they also may not be optimally fit for open surgery due to their situation. Hence, a non-invasive, low downtime option that is equally effective is preferred for these group of patients as compared to undergoing a major operation. Radiosurgery is also extremely effective for benign brain tumors such as acoustic neuromas (vestibular schwanommas), meningiomas and pituitary tumors with up to 90% cure rates achievable. Because of its effectiveness and very Low rates of side effects, Radiosurgery has replaced open surgery as the treatment of choice for uncomplicated benign brain tumors which require treatment. Patients are spared from major surgery and the risk of nerve damage.



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