Hospital fetes cancer survivors at KL gala dinner

SJMC cancer survivors wearing ready-to-wear pieces by Looi (eighth from left).

CANCER is one of the leading causes of death worldwide and screening and early detection play a pivotal role in patients surviving the disease.

In recognition of the courage, determination and sheer will demonstrated by cancer patients, Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC) held a Cancer Survivorship Gala Dinner at Quill City Mall, Kuala Lumpur.

Themed “Celebrating Courage, Celebrating Life”, the dinner feted several SJMC patients of varying ages who are optimistically fighting cancer.

Survivorship of cancer, according to SJMC chief executive officer Bryan Lin, was as much about leading a fulfilling life after diagnosis and treatment, as it was to survive the disease.

“Many patients have passed through our doors and gone on to live life to the fullest,” said Lin.

“While achieving the best medical and clinical outcomes for every patient is important to us, we also recognise that support systems and empowerment are equally important. That is why we take a holistic approach to cancer care and events like tonight are close to our hearts.

“There are over 200 types of cancers and according to Cancer Research Malaysia, one in every four Malaysians is affected,” he added.

According to the World Health Organisation, the most common cancers in Malaysia are breast cancer, followed by colorectal and lung cancers.

With the focus on celebrating life, the evening saw SJMC patients who are cancer survivors taking the stage to share their journey and on defeating the disease in a way that allows them to attain a new lease on life.

In addition to doctors’ care and strong support system, an optimistic attitude and fighting spirit were among the positive factors cited in their life-affirming stories.

Vimala Thevi Ganesan, who has Stage 2 breast cancer and is currently undergoing treatment, said, “Women are exceptionally strong. Cancer is not the end, and with faith, courage and confidence, everything will be okay.”

Other highlights at the dinner included a stand-up performance by comedian Harith Iskander and a fashion show featuring a collection by renowned Malaysian fashion designer Melinda Looi, modelled by cancer survivors.

“Whether they are cancer survivors, patients or caring for someone with cancer, I am deeply moved by the tenacity and courage shown in their fight,” said Looi.

Cosmetics firm Amorepacific provided makeovers for the cancer survivors while Derrick & Team Hairdressing styled their hair.

The dinner was also attended by Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care (RSDH) group chief executive officer Peter Hong and RSDH group medical advisor Datuk Dr Jacob Thomas.

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