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3 days ago

MAKNA - Majlis Kanser Nasional

Mat, 53-year-old Loving Husband and a Colorectal Cancer PatientIt was in May 2018 when Mat’s world crumbled around him. He had been ignoring the signs, and brushed off the dark stools and altered bowel habits as just ‘gastric problems’. His wife pointed out that he has also dropped a lot of weight. She had needed to take in a few of his work pants. A visit to the local health clinic reassured him that his self-diagnosis was correct. However, a few weeks passed and his health problems persisted. Finally, upon meeting a young houseman in Kota Marudu Hospital, he was quickly referred on to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah for further investigations.

After an endoscopy and colonoscopy, a biopsy, a CT scan, multiple trips to and from Kota Kinabalu and weeks upon weeks of agonising wait, the young houseman’s worst suspicions were confirmed. Mat was diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer. No one in his family had been diagnosed with cancer before. He had nobody to talk to, no one to help allay his fears. For a simple kampung man like himself, cancer was a death sentence.

Upon advice from his oncologist in Likas Hospital, he started with his war on cancer. Five weeks of radiotherapy everyday tested his patience and an anterior resection left him having to use a stoma bag for the rest of his life. Still, the radiotherapy was nothing compared to the 12 rounds of chemotherapy he had to endure. Every two weeks, for a total of six months, he drove all the way from his home in Sikuati, a small town near Kudat, to Likas Hospital in Kota Kinabalu. He was weak from chemotherapy; it had left him with severe anaemia. The journey was long and arduous. His only companion was his elderly wife, who until recently was wheelchair-bound.

His treatment ended in February 2019, but his cancer journey was far from over. The chemotherapy left him too weak to do his intensive labour job. The fortnight hospital stays cost him his job. Now, 60 years old, Mat is finding it hard to make ends meet. The paresthesia leftover from his chemotherapy caused everyday tasks like writing to be a mammoth task. Finding a new job at his age is next to impossible. With no income and mouths to feed, he had nowhere to turn to. His children are not well-off. Coming from a poor family, his siblings all have struggles of their own.

His oncologist, Dr Yap knew too well of the struggles Mat was going through. He had seen too many of his patients go through similar situations. The cancer treatment centre for the entire Sabah is only found in Kota Kinabalu. Yusop had to travel three hours from Sikuati to Kota Kinabalu every time he has chemotherapy. He had to rent a room with his wife for five weeks while undergoing radiotherapy because the beds were full. Most of Dr Yap’s patients are poor and struggling financially, even resorting to debt when they have to pay RM50 for chemotherapy. Dr Yap has seen many of his patients stop treatment because they cannot afford the frequent trips to the hospital or the hospital fees. He was determined not to let Mat go down the same path.

Dr Yap knew exactly what to do. He wrote to MAKNA, describing Yusop’s cancer journey - his diagnosis, his treatment, his prognosis, and his financial struggles. After reviewing his case, he was approved for monthly financial assistance by MAKNA. The RM350 per month was enough to cover his fortnight trips to Likas Hospital and his cancer treatment. The stoma bags from MAKNA meant Mat did not have to purchase them with his own money.

It has been over a year since Mat was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. He no longer needs to go to the hospital every two weeks. Instead, he travels to Kota Kinabalu every 3 months to see Dr Yap. For now, Mat is still unemployed. He sits at home, tending to his garden, worrying about how to make ends meet every month.

He still needs help, but he now knows that MAKNA is there for him, to see him through his cancer journey.
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3 days ago

MAKNA - Majlis Kanser Nasional

Mat, 53-year-old Loving Husband and a Colorectal Cancer PatientIt was in May 2018 when Mat’s world crumbled around him. He had been ignoring the signs, and brushed off the dark stools and altered bowel habits as just ‘gastric problems’. His wife pointed out that he has also dropped a lot of weight. She had needed to take in a few of his work pants. A visit to the local health clinic reassured him that his self-diagnosis was correct. However, a few weeks passed and his health problems persisted. Finally, upon meeting a young houseman in Kota Marudu Hospital, he was quickly referred on to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah for further investigations.

After an endoscopy and colonoscopy, a biopsy, a CT scan, multiple trips to and from Kota Kinabalu and weeks upon weeks of agonising wait, the young houseman’s worst suspicions were confirmed. Mat was diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer. No one in his family had been diagnosed with cancer before. He had nobody to talk to, no one to help allay his fears. For a simple kampung man like himself, cancer was a death sentence.

Upon advice from his oncologist in Likas Hospital, he started with his war on cancer. Five weeks of radiotherapy everyday tested his patience and an anterior resection left him having to use a stoma bag for the rest of his life. Still, the radiotherapy was nothing compared to the 12 rounds of chemotherapy he had to endure. Every two weeks, for a total of six months, he drove all the way from his home in Sikuati, a small town near Kudat, to Likas Hospital in Kota Kinabalu. He was weak from chemotherapy; it had left him with severe anaemia. The journey was long and arduous. His only companion was his elderly wife, who until recently was wheelchair-bound.

His treatment ended in February 2019, but his cancer journey was far from over. The chemotherapy left him too weak to do his intensive labour job. The fortnight hospital stays cost him his job. Now, 60 years old, Mat is finding it hard to make ends meet. The paresthesia leftover from his chemotherapy caused everyday tasks like writing to be a mammoth task. Finding a new job at his age is next to impossible. With no income and mouths to feed, he had nowhere to turn to. His children are not well-off. Coming from a poor family, his siblings all have struggles of their own.

His oncologist, Dr Yap knew too well of the struggles Mat was going through. He had seen too many of his patients go through similar situations. The cancer treatment centre for the entire Sabah is only found in Kota Kinabalu. Yusop had to travel three hours from Sikuati to Kota Kinabalu every time he has chemotherapy. He had to rent a room with his wife for five weeks while undergoing radiotherapy because the beds were full. Most of Dr Yap’s patients are poor and struggling financially, even resorting to debt when they have to pay RM50 for chemotherapy. Dr Yap has seen many of his patients stop treatment because they cannot afford the frequent trips to the hospital or the hospital fees. He was determined not to let Mat go down the same path.

Dr Yap knew exactly what to do. He wrote to MAKNA, describing Yusop’s cancer journey - his diagnosis, his treatment, his prognosis, and his financial struggles. After reviewing his case, he was approved for monthly financial assistance by MAKNA. The RM350 per month was enough to cover his fortnight trips to Likas Hospital and his cancer treatment. The stoma bags from MAKNA meant Mat did not have to purchase them with his own money.

It has been over a year since Mat was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. He no longer needs to go to the hospital every two weeks. Instead, he travels to Kota Kinabalu every 3 months to see Dr Yap. For now, Mat is still unemployed. He sits at home, tending to his garden, worrying about how to make ends meet every month.

He still needs help, but he now knows that MAKNA is there for him, to see him through his cancer journey.
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SURVIVORS’ STORIES

Nazri

Ahmad Nazri Hamzah is a 23 year old athlete who represents Malaysia in Wheelchair Basketball. He was diagnosed with bone cancer when he was only 14 years old. MAKNA pitched in to assist him financially when his case was highlighted to MAKNA. His current dream is to spread the hope to other patients out there that life has no limits, with or without cancer.

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Low Yong Xuan

Low Yong Xuan or “Baby,” as she is affectionately known, is a bubbly and active 3 year old girl. When she was just 6 months old, Baby was diagnosed with Bilateral Wilm’s Tumour, a cancer found in the kidney that spreads to the lungs. Fortunately, with help from MAKNA, Baby’s life has changed after receiving her treatment. Things have definitely looked better for Baby.

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Nining

Nining Yumiarti, 42 years old, known for her vibrant personality, chose to ignore the early signs of cancer in her left breast in 2002. Further check-ups at the hospital only served to confirm this.  She then opted for a mastectomy instead of chemotherapy, as she feared the latter treatment would affect her physically and psychologically, putting an effective stop to her favourite hobby, dancing. Nining later became a MAKNA volunteer and in 2012, she was recognised with MAKNA’s Excellence Volunteer Award.

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Naizatul

Naizatul Syuhada Binti Hassan, is a 19 year old former retinoblastoma eye cancer patient.  In 1997, Naizatul lost sight in her right eye to cancer. Because of her tireless effort, enthusiasm and with financial assistance from MAKNA, Naizatul secured a qualification that’s given her life a new meaning and dimension.

Naizatul Eye cancerRead more