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Wednesday November 21, 2012

Aid for breast cancer patients

For a good deed: Musa and golf players attending the launch of the Patient
Navigation Programme at Sime Darby Medical Centre. For a good deed: Musa and golf players attending the launch of the Patient Navigation Programme at Sime Darby Medical Centre.

WHAT do you do if you are diagnosed with breast cancer? The feeling of helplessness, fear and even despair sinks in.

The various questions on what to do and where to go play on one’s mind.

Understanding the need of proper guidance and information, a decisional aid and an educational tool were recently developed by Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation (Carif) to support and assist breast cancer patients.

Known as the Patient Navigation Programme, the primary goal is to give cancer patients support and guidance as they contemplate surgery procedures including critical medical care options.

Carif chief executive Prof Dr Teo Soo Hwang said the Patient Navigation Programme was intended to improve the quality of a patient’s life and the survival chances of those suffering from breast cancer.

“The programme uses a story-telling approach to communicate from the perspective of a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient: from finding support, telling family members, coping with the side effects of treatment, and returning to work and life after surviving breast cancer,” said Prof Teo.

She added that the Patient Navigation Programme was designed to improve cancer care and patient outcomes through one-on-one education and assistance — from initial screening and diagnosis to treatment.

“Carif worked alongside doctors, nurses, breast cancer survivors and other volunteers.

“Each scene in the video has been tailor-made to adapt to the Malaysian cultural beliefs and is made available in English, Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil,” explained Prof Teo.

The programme was recently launched at Sime Darby Medical Centre Subang Jaya by Sime Darby Berhad and Yayasan Sime Darby chairman Tun Musa Hitam.

Also present were the Ladies Professional Golfers Association players Cristie Kerr (United States), Natalie Gulbis (United States), Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand) and Malaysia’s very own professional golfer Jean Chua.

“Sime Darby is proud to support Carif in its fight against cancer.

“Carif is one of our prime beneficiaries and we are excited to work with them to address the urgency for research that will unravel the complexities of cancer and bring new hope to cancer-touched lives today,” said Musa.

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