Friday, December 2

Fatimah commends support group for helping cancer patients

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Fatimah (sixth left) joining Yong (fifth left) and the group members in cutting a cake to mark their 22nd anniversary.

Fatimah (sixth left) joining Yong (fifth left) and the group members in cutting a cake to mark their 22nd anniversary.

KUCHING: Cancer survivors are set to play an important role in advocacy to help cancer patients face treatment.

This is because they had gone through all the healing processes and their story could motivate and inspire others, Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said.

“You (cancer survivors) had gone through the hardest and toughest moment of your life but made it.

“We hope their support – mentally and physically – will contribute to boost patients’ spirit to fight the sickness,” Fatimah said at the Sarawak Breast Cancer Support Group annual dinner at the Sarawak Club here on Tuesday night.

State Health director Datu Dr Zulkifli Jantan and the group’s president Catherine Yong were present.

At the same time, Fatimah commended the support group for its efforts in supporting cancer patients.

“It is definitely a hard time for the patients to undergo treatment like chemotherapy as they have to bear the pain.

“With the existence of this group, they can obtain some knowledge and experience from them.

“At the same time, moral and spiritual support provided will help them to overcome their fear when facing the life threatening disease.”

As cancer is like a time bomb to the body, Fatimah advised that health examinations be done regularly on patients.

She pledged a grant of RM10,000 for the group to hold their annual events next year, particularly in creating greater public awareness of cancer and treatment.