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Stage 1 Breast Cancer Survivor
According to the American Cancer Society₁, if you have a strong family history of cancer, screening can prevent some types of cancer from happening or detect them early when they’re easier to treat. So, when Ms Ng Siau Cheng discovered a lump on her nipple, she knew she had to get herself screened because she had a family history of 3 members losing their lives to cancer.
Fortunately for Ms Ng, she was diagnosed with Stage 1 Breast Cancer, which meant it the cancer was still at an early stage where it was easier to treat and with a relatively higher survival rate.
Throughout her treatment, she believed that the extensive care and innovative cancer treatment has given her the assurance to fight cancer with hope. Since completing her cancer treatment, Ms Ng has even gotten pregnant and is now a proud mother to her 4-year-old son.
To encourage other cancer patients, Ms Ng shares
“Never give up hope to accept treatment. The scar is a sign of our strength, the sign of a SURVIVOR.”
Stage 2A Breast Cancer Survivor
While at home and clearing her annual leave between December 2016 to Jan 2017, Pn Syanor found a lump the size of a green bean on her breast. After speaking to her colleague, she decided to do a medical check-up under her company just to find out what the lump was.
From the medical report, everything looked good except for the lump, which was suspected to be malignant. From there, she was referred to Professor Emeritus Dato' Dr Yip Cheng Har, a breast surgeon who was also one of the first few women surgeons in Malaysia₂.
Pn Syanor shared that just before she received her breast cancer diagnosis from Professor Emeritus Dato' Dr Yip, she was diagnosed with Chronic Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a blood disorder characterized by an abnormal decrease in the number of platelets in the blood₃. Her condition, along with her pending surgery was monitored closely by a multidisciplinary team, including a Haematologist - Dr Alan Teh who was there to advise and monitor on her blood platelet count and an Oncologist - Dr Matin Mellor, who looked into her post-surgery treatment.
Since becoming a survivor, Pn Syanor now advocates strongly for others to do their medical check-ups and health screenings regularly. “Don't wait until something worse happens to your body,” she advises.
Stage 2 (Triple Negative) Breast Cancer
Ms Vimala Thevi Ganesan has been extra cautious about her breast health since she was first diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2018. In January 2022, she felt a small lump on her left breast and without delay, scheduled for a mammogram to get it checked.
Unfortunately, the news came back to confirm that she had a recurrence.
“SJMC was never new to us. There are a handful of experienced, caring doctors around, so I chose to be treated here.”
Her late mother, who was a Stage 4 Breast Cancer survivor had received treatment in SJMC and had survived for more than 10 years after. Similarly, her son who was diagnosed with leukaemia was also treated here and is doing well now.
Going through her treatment for the recurrence of breast cancer this year, Vimala says that “Life is full of challenges, but we as women are exceptional because we have the ability to overcome any struggle that life brings on. Whatever, you are going through your life at any moment, have faith and courage that all will be OKAY soon. Pain and struggles are temporary. Never forget that you are special, and you are not alone!”
Breast Cancer Survivor
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. To be honest, I don't know if it was due to denial, sheer stupidity, or ignorance, but I found myself strangely calm and ready for what life had thrown at me. With that mindset, I just took one step at a time and followed what my doctors advised. However, I know no two journeys are alike. There isn't a standardized right or wrong way to approach treatment. ALL I can say is that whatever decision one makes, there are trials and tribulations ahead so brace yourself. Half the battle is already won with acceptance.
Breast Cancer Survivor
70 years old, breast cancer survivor for 16 years.Read more about her story here
Breast Cancer Survivor
Nasopharyngeal Cancer Survivor
When I was diagnosed with Stage 3 nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) before turning 37, it was the lowest point and the biggest challenge of my life. However, with the love and support of my wonderful wife, parents, and friends as well as the determination to see my two boys grow up, this challenge didn't seem that difficult after all.
Now that I have survived cancer, I thank the disease for having helped me discover the fighter within myself. I truly believe that surviving cancer is not the end of a gruelling journey but the beginning of a beautiful start; and the only side effect of cancer treatment is a permanent smile on the faces of cancer survivors.
Had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia At 2 Years Old. Now At 10 Years Old, He Is Considered Cured Of His Leukaemia. Watch His Story And His Journey Through Battling Cancer.Read more about her story here
13 Years Old, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia Survivor
Colorectal Cancer Survivor
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Colon Cancer Patient, Cancer-Free For 11 Years
Colorectal Cancer Survivor
Thyroid Cancer Survivor
Diagnosed With Stage 4 Metastatic Lung Cancer In His Right Lung.
Burkitt Lymphoma Survivor
I'm just an ordinary girl who had graduated in actuarial science and worked with numerous prestigious insurance companies. Suddenly at the peak of my career, I was confronted with a matter of life and death. It all started in 2014, when I began experiencing intense headaches & severe vomiting. From thereon, my worst nightmare began.
The adverse MRI result deemed craniotomy inevitable to remove the life- threatening brain tumour. I was subsequently diagnosed with Burkitt Lymphoma, an aggressive form of blood cancer originating from immune cells. It was a huge struggle to accept the word "cancer" at the young age of 27, but I had to adapt.
After a totally gruelling year of undergoing 6 chemotherapy and 20 radiotherapy sessions as well as a stem cell transplant including periods of hospitalization, I've survived, stood back up, and am stronger than before!!
I wish my fellow cancer patients well and a miraculous journey to recovery. May you triumph over the disease! Be brave, stay optimistic!
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