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LEARNING ABOUT CANCER
WHAT IS MY ROLE AS A CARER?
CARERS AND THE MEDICAL TEAM
CARING FOR THE PATIENT
WHEN THE PATIENT’S HEALTH FAILS
PALLIATIVE AND ADVANCED CANCER CARE
DEALING WITH PRACTICAL & PERSONAL AFFAIRS
PRACTICAL TIPS
STORIES OF HOPE
LIST OF HOSPITALS IN MALAYSIA
SUPPORT GROUPS

 
 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
 

 
A Community Service Project by: Malaysian Oncological Society and Pfizer Malaysia - (latest update: 24-02-2011)