| Message from the Ministry of Health, Malaysia
Over the years, due to the change in lifestyle patterns, there has
been an increase in the number of recorded cancer cases in Malaysia.
Equally of concern is the trend for younger people to be afflicted by
cancer – those in the 30-40 age group. Cancer is now a disease that
strikes indiscriminately regardless of race, religion as well as social
and health status.
When you consider this scenario, it is evident that current public
education efforts must be stepped up in combating the disease.
With cancer being one of the major causes of death in Malaysia, providing reliable and
authoritative information is crucial in combating this disease in the long run.
While the government has always been aggressively concentrating on public education
efforts, it welcomes the innovative efforts of private bodies and professional organizations
in creating cancer awareness. The Ministry believes that mutual collaboration between the
government and other parties in a concerted effort is key to winning the battle against
cancer. This is why the government is pleased with the proactive effort by Pfizer Malaysia and
the Malaysian Oncological Society in publishing this excellent resource for cancer patients
and their caregivers.
If the first HOPE handbook focused on the cancer patient, it is a sensible move to have the
second publication focusing on the key target group pf caregivers and the support circle of
friends and families. The HOPE Handbook 2: A Guide for Cancer Caregivers is an excellent
resource for this extended group to understand and cope with cancer and also to assist their
loved ones. The uniqueness for this handbook is that it’s designed specifically for Malaysian
caregivers with information and testimonials relevant to the local scene.
We expect this handbook to also receive a positive response from all quarters just like its
predecessor. The government will help to ensure that this handbook reaches the grassroots
through the network of hospitals and clinics across the country, to truly empower caregivers
with the knowledge, contacts and techniques to be more effective in fulfilling their roles.
Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai