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MCRA SUCCESS STORY : Nethia Mohana Kumaran

For over 10 years, nasopharynx and cervical cancer have been identified to be some of the more common cancers in Malaysia as reported by the Ministry of Health. It is truly a concerning issue which requires appropriate actions to be taken. Dr Nethia Mohana Kumaran, a senior lecturer at the School of Biological Sciences (SBS) from Universiti Sains Malaysia, is among the many individuals whom have played their part in addressing this issue. Together with her team, they aim to have a better understanding on the survival of nasopharynx and cervical cancer cells.

The BCL-2 pro-survival proteins are frequently upregulated in cancers and are attractive therapeutic targets. Interestingly, different cell populations are addicted to different BCL-2 pro-survival protein(s) for survival. Dr Nethia and her team employ combination of genome editing technology and pharmacological approaches, to delineate pro-survival proteins that nasopharynx and cervical cancer cells are addicted for survival.

According to her, “Our ultimate goal is to shift from the “one size fits all” treatment strategy to optimally targeting pro-survival proteins that cancer cells depend for survival. Targeting relevant proteins would save time, cost and result in better patient outcome”.

Dr Nethia is very keen on developing an affordable cancer drug for the masses. A common problem with cancer drugs especially with small molecule inhibitors is not their effectiveness but affordability. For instance, cisplatin is a standard care treatment for nasopharynx cancer. However, over the time patients tend to develop resistance to this drug. One strategy to resensitise cancer cells to cisplatin is to combine cisplatin with natural compounds. Hence, with this strategy in mind, Dr Nethia and her team are currently studying the sensitivity of nasopharynx cancer cells towards combination of cisplatin and mitragyna alkaloids (purified from local ketum plant). They are also doing some pilot studies to understand mechanism of action of mitragyna alkaloids using computer modelling. This is a significant effort because by employing natural compounds as therapy for cancer, it shall lower the cost of treatment and make it accessible to patients.

She believes that the services provided by MAKNA, such as the MAKNA Cancer Research Award (MCRA), are fantastic efforts which signify their contribution towards the cancer-control community. Furthermore, MCRA acts as a seed grant for young researchers to put their ideas into action, propelling their pilot experiments which then allow them to apply for bigger funding in the future. It also provides visibility for the researcher and their work and this may result in networking with other researchers in the field.

Without a doubt, contribution of women in science has been phenomenal over the years and will continue to be. This is further proved by Emmanuelle Charpentier & Jennifer Doudna, two female researchers who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry last year. For those who dreams of becoming a researcher, especially girls, Dr Nethia has a special message for you:

“Do not listen to people when they say that a job in science does not pay well and that it’s not exciting. If you are in love with science and research, just find ways to do it. Who knows you could be responsible for the next big discovery.”

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A young man’s brush with testicular cancer

Age is no guarantee for good health. Zuhairi was only 16 years old when he started experiencing frequent fevers. With the high temperature came an abnormal swelling of his right testis, alerting the young man that something was wrong.

“I immediately sought medical help and was scheduled for an ultrasound,” says the now 28-year-old. “The scan indicated the presence of an unusual growth. I was diagnosed with a malignant mixed germ cell tumour.”

This is a rare cancer comprising at least two types of germ cell tumours, which begin in the cells that form the sperm or eggs. They usually occur in the testicle or ovary, but occasionally also affect the chest, abdomen or brain.

Zuhairi was naturally terrified by the diagnosis.

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“After the second cycle, I told my late mother I didn’t want to continue chemo: my hair was falling, I couldn’t sleep and my body was so weak. She was ever compassionate and comforting, and promised that if I went through with the third cycle, it would be my last.”

It was, as the treatment proved successful. The road to recovery was rough but Zuhairi had a strong support system in the form of his family, who rallied around him at his lowest. “I’m very grateful for each and every one of them,” he shares. “They were always there beside me and gave me the strength to carry on.”

Life a decade later looks rather different than it did pre-diagnosis. While cancer can be caused by myriad factors, Zuhairi is careful to pay attention to elements within his control.

“Before all this happened, I didn’t really watch my eating habits or diet, for instance,” he says. “But now I am much more particular about the food I consume. As much as I used to dislike vegetables, I now include them more and more often in my meals. Ultimately, I ensure I look after my health.”

That includes taking charge of self-examinations and paying close attention to his body. Men tend to be more hesitant than women are in seeking medical help, but Zuhairi strongly advocates prioritising medical aid over embarrassment or denial.

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Testicular cancer is relatively uncommon, affecting one in 250 males at some point in their lifetime. The average age of patients upon diagnosis is the mid-30s, but children, teens and older males are also susceptible. However, survival rates are very high, so men are encouraged to seek treatment as early as possible for a smoother recovery.

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People Of MAKNA – Amylia Mustapha

Ever since we were launched, MAKNA donors have always been a pillar that enables MAKNA to assist those who are less fortunate in dealing with cancer treatments and other related costs. In this edition of our People of MAKNA series, our staff, Amylia, shares her experience processing cancer patients’ applications, which are mostly from the B40 group. This group has shown a significant increase in number of applications since the MCO started.

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Going through a difficult time in life, particularly in facing the challenge of a chronic illness, is not easy for those who are less fortunate. Working in MAKNA since 2013 has given me multiple experiences, lessons and learning opportunities.

FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION THROUGH JKSP – MAKNA
The experience I gained while working under Bursary has matured my way of handling patient cases. As generally known, most applications that we received are from applicants in the PLI (Poverty Line Index) category, asnaf groups who are diagnosed with critical illness, plus the loss of strength and ability to look after and provide for themselves and their families. There were also some applications for infants.One of the stories that affected me was when a patient’s application was being processed, the patient passed away and didn’t get to go through the scheduled surgery because of their critical condition. I have also received a case where the patient was diagnosed at Stage 1, but the cancer worsened to Stage 4 because the patient could not afford to go to the hospital for treatment. Especially for patients from rural areas, the treatment and transportation costs become a huge burden for them. Apart from that, there are also patients who continuously need oxygen therapy for the rest of their lives.Graph

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The MCE program, especially Home Stay, taught me to be grateful and tolerant. The 3 days 2 nights experience at the home humbled me when I saw their hardship and tried to understand the problems they were facing. Most patients who stay at the home are from rural areas who face difficulties whenever they need to go to the hospital because they live in mountainous areas with minimum utilities and incomplete facilities. MAKNA staff’s visits are always welcomed though they live with much less. There are also cancer patients who are bedridden, weak and could only depend on long-term financial aid for treatment as well as subsistence from others.

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I have also made home visits to patients before. As a MAKNA staff, we are required to visit patients to see their conditions for ourselves and understand the issues they face as cancer patients. There are patients who live in old, dilapidated wooden houses where the floors are brittle and worn through. It’s undeniable that the life’s adversities and the chronic illness, which incurs additional treatment and transportation costs, burden their whole family. Emotional support and the help to find the best solutions for their problems need to be offered.

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I am very grateful to be working in MAKNA and helping the less fortunate cancer patients in easing their application process. I won’t forget my time in MAKNA because I’m sure I won’t be able to experience it elsewhere. MAKNA is also very keen in giving emotional support and taking care of its patients and staff’s welfare.

Thank you MAKNA, for giving me the chance to continue serving in this meaningful organization. May Allah SWT bless this whole organization. Aamiin yarabbalalaamiin!

Amylia Mustapha,Executive (Bursary)

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MCRA SUCCESS STORY : Dr Kue Chin Siang

Dr Kue Chin Siang was one of the recipients for MAKNA Cancer Research Award 2017. He completed his Master Degree in Biotechnology (Immunology) at Korea University and Doctorate in Pharmacology at University of Malaya. His research interests are discovering anticancer drug and drug delivery for selective targeting in cancer.

One of the main reasons why he wants to be involved in cancer research is because of a personal experience. His mother passed away due to late diagnosis with Stage 4 lung cancer, despite finishing the chemotherapy. Following that incidence, he started to venture into cancer immunology and pharmacology to explore better drug for treatment of cancer.

He is well concerned with the fact that the overall survival rate of cancer patients is relatively low, especially those diagnosed during the late stages. A plausible solution to this issue is by trying to detect the cancer as early as possible. He believes that early detection and treatment can be achieved through biomarkers, specifically the molecule that uniquely expressed on cancer cells. Many biomarkers have been identified for various cancers, and to improve the cancer treatment, he and his team work in designing small moleculesthat specifically target biomarker overexpressed on the cancer cell surface. This molecule can then be linked to theanticancer drug or imaging probe, to specifically deliver to the cancer cells and improve the therapeutic efficacy without harming normal cells.

According to him, photodynamic therapy (PDT) and surface molecule targeted therapy or immunotherapyare uncommon in Malaysia, compared to chemotherapy. More research should be conducted to discover new anticancer drugs and treatment methods to improve the therapeutic outcome. His international collaborators and local team(MSU &UM) are actively studying and improving the delivery and efficacy of the photosensitizing agent to cancer, through the surface marker expressed on cancer cells.

Currently a senior lecturer at Management & Science University (MSU), he encourages students who are passionate in research to make a brave decision in pursuing their dreams. He advised young researchers to be physically and mentally prepared to cope with the stress throughout the journey, but the sweat and tears will be rewarded with excitement which will unveil throughout the research. He wishes to convey his admiration to all fellow researchers out there and hopes that they will be able to keep up the good work that they are doing for the sake of the greater good.

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Braving Cancer With MAKNA – Azian Hanim


Cancer through a caregiver’s eyes

A positive diagnosis affects not only the patient, but their loved ones too. To mark World Cancer Day this month, a mother shares how she copes with her daughter’s Stage 3 brain cancer.

In 2018, AzianHanim Binti Abu Taleb had her world turned upside down when a minor tumour in her daughter’s brain developed into Stage 3 Left Anaplastic Ependymoma and caused a seizure. Doctors declared that her brain had shut down and requested permission to disconnect her from life support, but her surgeon asked to attempt surgery with a 50:50 chance of survival. The 10-hour procedure saved her life but the battle was far from over.

“It was devastating to think that my daughter was alive in the morning and suddenly declared dead by evening,” shares Azian. “I couldn’t fathom it. I asked the doctors to hold off on disconnecting the life support machine so I could pray to God, and I truly believe my prayer was answered.”

The surgery left her daughter with severe side effects, including memory loss, paralysis of the right side of her body and heightened sensitivity towards noise and bright lights. A second surgery a few weeks later robbed her of speech and movement.

“She was like a newborn baby,” continues Azian. “The whole situation took a heavy toll on her. She was bedridden and could only drink milk through a tube, which resulted in severe weight loss. She was completely dependent on us and needed round-the-clock care.”

The physical and emotional challenges on the family were compounded by increasing financial strain. A single mother with seven school-going children, Azian had to quit her job to provide the care her daughter needed. Two of her children sacrificed their education to work, and Azian herself would make and sell kuihkapit for additional income when possible. Still, the family was barely scraping by.

“At the most desperate times, we were forced to sell some possessions,” she says. “When MAKNA approached us to offer support, I felt a huge burden lifted from my shoulders. They provided essentials for my daughter such as a wheelchair, milk supplements, and diapers. They also covered our travel costs to and from the hospital and even provided an allowance for my children who are still studying. I am incredibly thankful for their assistance. “

Despite the monumental challenges, Azian strives to maintain a positive attitude.

“I prefer to not think about my situation as hard, no matter how trying it can be sometimes,” she says. “I always convince myself that everything will be okay and that there are people out there who are facing much bigger problems, so I should be thankful and not give up easily. My children are my source of strength. I think of them constantly and remind myself that I need to set an example for them by being strong.”

Caregiving is a vital and demanding role, and caregivers need to look after themselves just as much as they do their patients. There are numerous resources about caregiving, including here and here, that might offer insights and support.

World Cancer Day is celebrated every February 4th to raise global awareness of the disease and encourage prevention, detection, and treatment. Early intervention saves lives!

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MCRA SUCCESS STORY : DR RONALD

As a young researcher, getting grants or funds can be a rather challenging task. Knowing the importance of searching for better treatment and possible cure for cancer, MAKNA set up the MAKNA Cancer Research Award (MCRA). This award is made available specifically to young researcher, in order to encourage more participation from them in the field of cancer. Furthermore, this award will also act as a platform which put a spotlight on excellent talents and help them to grow.

For 2016 MAKNA Cancer Research Award, Dr Ronald Teow Sin Yeang was one of the recipients. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at Sunway University. Based in the Department of Medical Sciences in School of Medical and Life Sciences, he is one of the young Malaysian scientists who are conducting research in the field of cancer.

His research focuses on the biology of cancer in colorectal cancer (CRC) including interaction of KRAS mutation and autophagy, and SEPT9 DNA methylation/autophagy interaction. Recently, his research teams have also moved towards understanding the role of gut and oral microbiome in CRC as well as exploring nanomaterials-based anticancer candidates for potential cancer therapies.

According to him, MCRA has given significant impact on his development at Sunway University when he was a research fellow or also known as postdoc. With the existence of the Award, he was able continue his effort towards finding better treatment for cancer

Since the inception of his research, at least two publications and a book chapter have been generated from the findings. Some of the relevant data have also been used for application of other larger-scale MOHE national grants such as Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) and Trans-disciplinary Research Grant Scheme (TRGS). Other than that, he had the opportunity to participate in several local and international conferences and invited talks, which led him to additional external research collaborations.

He encourages other postgraduate students, research assistants and peers to apply for the prestigious Award. He himself aspires to conduct many more research projects and without a doubt will look to apply for the Award again so that he can contribute more to the society

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5 Reasons To Donate to Charitable Organisations

Today, there are numerous charitable organisations and social enterprises which are established across the globe including in Malaysia. These entities dedicate their effort towards helping underprivileged communities, striving to make the world a better place for everyone.

In order for this to become a reality, a great deal of effort and resources have to be allocated especially in terms of financial allocation. Accordingly, most organisations and enterprises are actively seeking donations to raise funds either from corporate sectors or the general public. Thus, to support their cause we are highly encouraged to make donations.

  • Every Donation Counts
    • Whether it is a one-time or continuous donation, every donation can make a difference. Even if the amount is little, your donation means the world to the many people in need out there. Moreover, a compounded amount of small donations will eventually result to a great sum at the end of the day.
  • Financial Benefits Opportunity
    • What you give you get back. By making donations to charitable organisations approved by the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (LHDN), you are entitled for a tax receipt. The receipt can be used to claim for tax deduction from your aggregate income for your annual income tax payment. Learn more about the allowable tax deduction from donation in Malaysia here http://www.hasil.gov.my/bt_goindex.php?bt_kump=5&bt_skum=1&bt_posi=4&bt_unit=1&bt_sequ=1
  • Set Up A Good Example to Children
    • For children, parents are their role model. As demonstrated by the famous psychologist Albert Bandura, children’s development can be rooted from the observation, imitation and modelling of their surroundings. By showing them your effort to support charitable organisations, it is very likely for them to do the same in the future.
  • Kindness is Contagious
    • When you donate, you can also influence others such as our family members or friends to support charitable organisations. When more people donate, more people will be motivated to join the cause. Ultimately, we can create a fabric of society that can help each other together as one.
  • Emotional and Spiritual Joy
    • Helping others can create a sense of joy and satisfaction for your soul. Donating to charitable organisations will not only help them continue their effort but also promotes your emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

Here at MAKNA (Majlis Kanser Nasional), we are committed towards assisting underprivileged cancer patients. With your donation, we can reduce the burden of cancer together. You can choose to either make single donation or monthly donation starting from as low as RM38 per month. Plus, you are entitled to receive tax receipt together with our newsletter when you pledge for our monthly donation programme.

Click here https://makna.org.my/donate/ to donate to us and support our work.

 

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People Of MAKNA – Noor Rosina

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How has the pandemic affected your fundraising work? And how do you adapt to the new norms?

 

The Movement Control Order (MCO) has forcefully stopped all our ground activities, disrupting our main source, which has always been face-to-face fundraising. It had a significant impact on MAKNA’s funds, which is required to help underprivileged cancer patients. Since then, we’ve been trying to work out alternate plans such as online fundraising and e-campaigns with corporate companies. The announcement of Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), has helped us resume our ground activities with SOPs in place. Our biggest challenge in the new norm is to attract the attention to MAKNA’s cause, therefore our event strategies have changed to focus more on talk events rather than booth events, promote more online-based fundraising and increase the use of QR codes.

 

Generally, who are the people who sign up as MAKNA donors?

 

It is easier to attract donors who have experience having families and friends with cancer or are cancer survivors. Most of our donors are also cancer patients or survivors themselves.

 

Personal experience that has impacted you during this period.

 

My most impactful experience was when I met a cancer patient who was doing radiotherapy treatment at Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (HUSM). She had stayed at MAKNA’s Halfway House in Kubang Kerian. She came to the booth and insisted to sign up for the monthly donation because she is so happy and satisfied with the treatment and facilities provided at MAKNA’s Halfway House. She decided to donate, even though she does not have a fixed income. But she was determined to make sure that the balance is available for monthly deduction. She was very thankful to MAKNA and will suggest to her friends and family if they need the service. As a Fundraiser, I’m proud of MAKNA.

 

Noor Rosina Binti Noraini, Fund Development Officer (Leader)

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People Of MAKNA – Nurul Huda

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I joined MAKNA in 2008. Now, it has been almost 12 years since I first started working here. I have gone through various challenges and multiple experiences. It was at MAKNA that I began to learn more about cancer, the importance of early cancer detection, prevention measures and the treatment for this disease. The knowledge that I gained helped me to educate my family members and friends regarding cancer awareness.

 

Even from the start of my career here, I had the opportunity to participate in a project to adopt a child cancer patient. It was surely a priceless experience for me. As a mother, it touched my heart to see the lively and cheerful little one playing around. No one would expect that the lovely child suffered from such a chronic disease. It really broke my heart when I found out that the little one passed away after two years of fighting cancer.

 

In addition, another program which taught me a lot was “homestay” program with the patient. In this program, I was required to stay at the patient’s home to experience and take part in their daily life. During this program, I could saw the strength and perseverance of the patient in braving the challenges without giving up. It was truly an eye opener for me.

 

Moreover, throughout my time at the Bursary department; which revolves around handling financial assistance application, I got to know more about the various backgrounds of cancer patients. Learning the various difficulties of cancer patients, it motivated me to work harder to help those in need of getting treatment at the hospital. I am glad that MAKNA provided help to the cancer patients and surely it helped to ease a lot of their burden to receive it.

 

I am very thankful to MAKNA for giving me such a valuable experience. MAKNA taught me that with motivation, positive mentality and moral support from family members, the cancer patients will be able to stay strong in overcoming the obstacles with resolution.

 

Nurulhuda Abdullah, Assistant Manager, Programme (Bursary)

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People Of MAKNA – Kathleen Mason

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“Does it hurt?” is the question that I often get from mammogram participants. As a radiographer, it is my duty to give them the best service and comfort as they undergo the screening.

 

The infamous Mammogram procedure is widely known for its painful and uncomfortable experience which are the reasons why most women are reluctant to do the check-up. Knowing this, I always try my best to console every participant and ensure they have the best experience with our MAKNA Mobile Mammogram.

 

It is always a disappointing moment for us when we could not deliver our service due to machine failure as there are people who travelled far just to get the free screening. Although we have scheduled maintenance service and checked the machine before heading to the event location, there are some things that we cannot avoid. When such unfortunate situation happens, it can be unpleasant for the participants as well so we would calmly smile and apologize for the inconvenience caused. However, with one bad experience, comes along 10 good experiences.

 

There was one particular participant that I will always remember as she brought such joy and satisfaction to my work.

 

“I’m scared to do this mammogram. I’ve done it before at a hospital and it hurt so bad”, the lady said to me as she came in the mammogram room, trembling with fear. She understands the importance of doing it, but the experience had traumatized her that she hasn’t been to the hospital for more than 10 years to get another check-up. The only reason she came in that day was because she was forced by her friends and family.

 

I talked to her about the procedure calmly before we started, and to see her trembling while walking towards the mammogram machine really broke my heart. So, I started to chat with her about her family, her children and where she lives while doing the mammogram. She started to get more relaxed and was able to successfully complete the mammogram.

 

“Eh…it didn’t hurt as bad as my previous experience!” she expressed herself once I said it is done. Before she left the mammogram room, she hugged me and repeatedly said thank you. “Thank you! May Allah bless you for helping a lot of other people like me.” The smile, the joy and the ‘doa’ really sparked the passion in my work to help others.

 

I always enjoy doing mammogram whenever we are in rural areas. It is a place where we meet the kindest and warmest people. And it is also a place where most of them have no knowledge about mammogram screenings and trusted more on traditional remedies until they seek help in later stages.

 

I often heard from our participants as they talked about their neighbours, family or friends who died because of breast cancer. They refused to go to the hospital or clinic to get a check-up and opted for ‘bomoh’ instead. There are many reasons why they choose not to seek professional help; some due to family matters, the hospital is too far and need to wait for an appointment and some because they have no money.

 

Thus, I am truly glad that MAKNA decided to build a Digital Mobile Mammogram Screening to help people from these communities. I am proud to be part of the team.

 

Kathleen Mason, MAKNA Radiographer

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People Of MAKNA – Grace Jee

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The pandemic affected our job in MAKNA especially in my unit. This is because our main job requires us to travel and do Digital Mobile Mammogram screening. We are supposed to start our very first screening for the people in Sarawak but because of Movement Control Order (MCO), we need to postpone our project.

 

Maybe this is the challenge for us and we need to learn to cope with this new normal. I hope that even with this, we are still be able to give our services to people around Malaysia, especially Sarawak and Sabah this year. I sincerely wish that we can overcome this obstacle so that MAKNA can continuously help people around Malaysia.

 

Grace Jee, Mobile Coordinator & Staff Nurse

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People Of MAKNA – Daud Simpat

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We are very affected with the situation as we are not able to serve the community through MAKNA’s programs and services. As mentioned by the Ministry of Health Malaysia, it is vital for us to maintain social distancing between each other. Hence, programs which attract a lot of crowd should also be avoided.

 

Furthermore, our beneficiaries are also affected by the situation. However, we have contacted each patient in order to ensure that they are doing well. Plus, we assist them to check their eligibility for the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional and help them to submit the application. Not to forget those at MAKNA who provided food pack assistance to the affected cancer patients. Your effort and hard work is truly appreciated.

 

Daud Simpat, Staff Nurse

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People Of MAKNA – Cherylrichel Douni

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Everything feels different now. Even if we are now allowed to work in the office, there are new rules to follow, like temperature check, mandatory mask wearing, frequent hand sanitizing, workdays rotation, social distancing and now most meetings are conducted online.

 

But as a MAKNA employee, I am very thankful because during this pandemic we still get our full salary. As we all know, this pandemic has affected the country’s economy greatly. There are many companies which implemented salary deduction. I’m also very happy that despite the pandemic, MAKNA still find ways to help cancer patients. Even more glad that I’m part of this family. Thank you MAKNA!

 

Cherylrichel Douni, Staff Nurse

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People Of MAKNA – Lai Poh Chin

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How has the pandemic affected your fundraising work? And how do you adapt to the new norms?

 

Our work does not stop during COVID-19. Like everyone else, we work towards adapting to the new norm by adhering to the SOPs set out by Ministry of Health (MOH) and being mindful of our own personal hygiene. It is also our responsibility to help teach those who are vulnerable and illiterate to understand the situation, especially those from the poor community.

 

Generally, who are the people who sign up as MAKNA donors?

 

I noticed that most people who donate are driven to do so based on their personal experience of seeing relatives or close ones suffering from cancer. There are also hospital doctors who became donors, after going through the process of referring their patients to MAKNA. Other than that, we also get sign-ups from exhibition.

 

Personal experience that has impacted you during this period.

 

I have experiences that are close to my heart. Once, a Malay man came running towards our MAKNA booth, sobbing with his hands stretched out. When I took his hands and consoled him, he asked if we could ‘doa’ together. He was so thankful to MAKNA because his only daughter was able to recover from Leukaemia. Now he’s signed up as a donor to help others as well. I also had a chance of encountering a cancer patient where she asked to sign up as a donor on the spot. Being a breast cancer Stage 3 patient herself, she would like to lessen the burden of those who cannot afford the treatment.

 

Lai Poh Chin, Fund Development Officer

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An Integrated Effort to Fight Childhood Cancer: A Malaysian & Global Perspective


Cancer is a disease which can occur to anyone from any background at any age group, including children. Childhood cancer is the term coined for any cancers that are commonly associated with children.

Childhood Cancer in Malaysia

The incidence of childhood cancer in Malaysia is still stable as reported by the Ministry of Health. According to the statistics, the most common cancers among children are leukaemia, lymphoma and brain/nervous system cancer. The total number of childhood cancer cases from 2011 to 2016 is 3,829 cases comprising of 2,131 males and 1,698 females. Additionally, children are found to have higher survival rate for cancers that affect blood, bone marrow and lymph nodes compared to adults.

Despite the fact that childhood cancer can be considered as rare, we should not disregard this issue. This is because cancer may cause serious repercussions towards children particularly in terms of education and development. On top of that, some children might find it difficult to adjust with their condition as they are too young to understand the disease. So, it is important for us to always give moral support and promote positivity in them.

Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer

Across the globe, an average of 300,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year. To prevent further escalation of this issue, the World Health Organisation (WHO) launched the Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer in 2018. The initiative has 2 main goals:

• Increase child cancer survival rates to at least 60%
• Alleviate suffering of all children by 2030

Find out more regarding the initiative here.

MAKNA Assistance for Children

At MAKNA, childhood cancer patients are eligible to receive assistance through our Bursary Programme. It is a financial aid which helps patients to purchase necessities and cover their hospital travel expense. Furthermore, MAKNA also provides financial assistance to enable young cancer patients or survivors to complete their education through our Young Survivor Scholarship Programme.

Like all cancers, early detection is crucial in reducing morbidity and mortality of childhood cancer. Parents or caregivers of children need to have the knowledge in identifying the symptoms of childhood cancer. Let us all act together to spread the awareness and support the children in their journey of fighting cancer. Together we can make a difference.

One of our beneficiaries, Faisal, has something to share regarding the struggle of having cancer at a young age. Watch the video below to hear his story.

Open Call for MAKNA 2020 Cancer Research Award

Open Call for MAKNA 2020 Cancer Research Award

MAKNA Cancer Research Award 2020 is now calling for application!

Open to young Malaysian scientists below 40 years of age who are pursuing cancer research, it is awarded annually to research proposals selected by the Academy of Sciences Malaysia.

All applications must be submitted online through the Top Research Scientists Malaysia (TRSM) database at www.mytopscientists.org before the closing date.
Details entry are also available at https://makna.org.my/services/research.
Application must be submitted by 15 May 2020.

For further information regarding the award, please email to peifeng.choong@makna.org.my or ashira.ahmad@makna.org.my
For any problems related to the ASM Awards & Recognitions system and database, please contact ASM IT Administrator at 03-6203 0633 or email to awards@akademisains.gov.my.

Makna sets up halfway house in Johor Baru for cancer patients

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KUALA LUMPUR: Makna launched a new Halfway House (Rumah Perantaraan Makna Johor) in Taman Austin Perdana Johor Baru.
The house, the first of nine that Makna planned to open in the peninsular and East Malaysia, provides temporary accommodation to cancer patients seeking treatment at Hospital Sultan Ismail (HSI) or Hospital Sultanah Aminah (HSA).
This service was started in 2008 in Johor Baru where Makna opened its first halfway house in collaboration with HSI, with the objective of providing accommodation to patients, especially those undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy, to avoid having to travel back and forth between the hospitals and their homes for the duration of their treatment.
Many of these patients are unable to afford the expenses incurred by the travels while some may not be physically fit to undertake the journey repeatedly.
As a result, patients are prone to discontinue or abandon their treatment before completion, thus jeopardising their chances of recovery.

By providing short-term, free-of-charge accommodation for patients and their caregivers, Makna hopes to ease their burden and to help patients continue their treatments without interruption.
The first halfway house accommodated 89 patients since it opened its doors in 2008 until 2015. The launch of the house in Taman Austin Perdana marks the beginning of a new generation of Halfway Houses by Makna where not just accommodation but also a better, more condusive and relaxing atmosphere is provided to ensure patients feel at home and are comfortable during their stay.

In a project that is expected to span two years, Makna plans to launch a total of nine new generation Halfway Houses.
These houses will be located near government hospitals that provide radiotherapy and chemotherapy services, with emphasis on providing a more homely atmosphere for patients.
The launch was officiated by Head of Social Welfare Department of HSI Norlija Kassim, accompanied by deputy general manager of Makna Vemanna Appannah.

“The Halfway House is one of the many services Makna provides for patients who are in need of aid as they undergo treatment to battle cancer.
“Through our interaction with patients we have found that one of the major obstacles they face when seeking treatment was having to travel the distance between their homes and the hospitals, which could be both physically and financially draining, especially for treatment such as radiotherapy that requires repeated, frequent visits.
“Having such a facility would help ease patients’ burden,” said Vemanna.
“We hope this would encourage patients to continue with their treatments, especially those from remote areas who would have to travel long distances from their homes to the hospitals,” he added.

The Halfway House in Taman Austin Perdana comes with four fully furnished bedrooms and a living room in addition to a kitchen with basic items. Simple breakfast is provided for free by Makna.
The house is located 10 minutes away from HSI and 30 minutes from HSA – near enough to the hospitals to enable patients to receive quick medical attention in the event of an emergency.
Makna also provides transport for patients to and from the hospitals for the entire duration of their stay.
Much thought has been put into the interior of the house as well.

“We want patients to feel at home. Most importantly, we hope to provide a healthy, calming and supportive environment for patients as they undergo treatment,” said Vemanna.

The Halfway House in Taman Austin Perdana is the first of nine that Makna plans to launch nationwide, including in East Malaysia, as a move to expand on this much needed service and to better serve cancer patients.

Lapan Rumah Perantaraan Makna Bakal Dibuka Di Seluruh Negara Tahun Ini

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JOHOR BAHARU, 17 Mac (Bernama) — Majlis Kanser Nasional (Makna) merancang untuk membuka lapan lagi Rumah Perantaraan MAKNA di seluruh negara, tahun ini.

Timbalan Pengurus Besar Makna, V. Appannah berkata pembukaan baharu itu termasuk tiga yang dirancang masing-masing di Bertam, Pulau Pinang; Kubang Krian, Kelantan dan Kuching, Sarawak.

Katanya, Makna buat masa ini hanya mempunyai sebuah rumah perantaraan iaitu di Taman Austin Perdana, Johor Baharu yang berupaya menampung sembilan pesakit kanser dalam setiap bilik pada satu masa.

“Pesakit yang menginap di rumah ini terdiri daripada mereka yang membuat rawatan di Hospital Sultanah Aminah (HSA) dan Hospital Sultan Ismail (HSI) yang memerlukan tempat penginapan yang selesa seperti berada di rumah.

Turut disediakan, pengangkutan secara percuma bagi memudahkan mereka bergerak sama ada ke hospital atau mana-mana tempat rawatan.

Selain itu, setiap rumah juga ditempatkan seorang jururawat terlatih dan pembantu kesihatan bagi memantau dan memberi bantuan kepada pesakit,” katanya pemberita selepas merasmikan pembukaan Rumah Perantaraan Makna, di sini hari ini.

Dari segi kos, Appanah berkata, penyediaan rumah perantaraan menelan kos lebih RM45,000 bagi penyediaan reka bentuk dan kemudahan yang bersesuaian untuk pesakit kanser.

Katanya, ia dikhususkan kepada pesakit kanser yang kurang berkemampuan dan tinggal jauh daripada hospital kerajaan supaya mereka dapat menguruskan diri ketika mendapatkan rawatan kimoterapi dan radioterapi.

Ini sekali gus dapat membantu memulihkan semangat pesakit kanser selain menggalakkan mereka untuk tidak mudah mengalah dan sering berikhtiar untuk pulih dari penyakit berkenaan, tambahnya.

Lapan lagi rumah perantaraan Makna bakal dibuka tahun ini

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JOHOR BAHARU 17 Mac – Majlis Kanser Nasional (Makna) merancang untuk membuka lapan lagi Rumah Perantaraan Makna di seluruh negara, tahun ini.

Timbalan Pengurus Besar Makna, V. Appannah berkata, pembukaan baharu itu termasuk tiga yang dirancang masing-masing di Bertam, Pulau Pinang; Kubang Krian, Kelantan dan Kuching, Sarawak.

Katanya, Makna buat masa ini hanya mempunyai sebuah rumah perantaraan iaitu di Taman Austin Perdana, Johor Baharu yang berupaya menampung sembilan pesakit kanser dalam setiap bilik pada satu masa.

“Pesakit yang menginap di rumah ini terdiri daripada mereka yang membuat rawatan di Hospital Sultanah Aminah (HSA) dan Hospital Sultan Ismail (HSI) yang memerlukan tempat penginapan yang selesa seperti berada di rumah.

Turut disediakan, pengangkutan secara percuma bagi memudahkan mereka bergerak sama ada ke hospital atau mana-mana tempat rawatan.
Selain itu, setiap rumah juga ditempatkan seorang jururawat terlatih dan pembantu kesihatan bagi memantau dan memberi bantuan kepada pesakit,” katanya pemberita selepas merasmikan pembukaan Rumah Perantaraan Makna, di sini hari ini.
Dari segi kos, Appanah berkata, penyediaan rumah perantaraan menelan kos lebih RM45,000 bagi penyediaan reka bentuk dan kemudahan yang bersesuaian untuk pesakit kanser.
Katanya, ia dikhususkan kepada pesakit kanser yang kurang berkemampuan dan tinggal jauh daripada hospital kerajaan supaya mereka dapat menguruskan diri ketika mendapatkan rawatan kimoterapi dan radioterapi.
Ini sekali gus dapat membantu memulihkan semangat pesakit kanser selain menggalakkan mereka untuk tidak mudah mengalah dan sering berikhtiar untuk pulih dari penyakit berkenaan, tambahnya.- BERNAMA

More travel deals within Malaysia snapped up


THE unmistakable circular, brightly-coloured icons caught the eyes of children and adults alike as they walked past the Angry Birds Activity Park booth at the MATTA Fair.

Siblings Muhammad Aliuddin Akmal Mohd Nazrol, 12, and Nur Wani Syahirah Mohd Nazrol, 11, were among those seen stopping for a photo opportunity with the giant Angry Birds plushies.

Their father Mohd Nazrol Kamrudin, 39, said the family made the trip to MATTA Fair to shop for deals for local destinations, particularly those featuring theme parks.

“My children love theme parks. We’ve also bought passes to Kidzania and Berjaya Times Square Theme Park in Kuala Lumpur.

“Besides the Angry Birds Activity Park, we are planning to look for passes to other theme parks in Johor as those are nearer to us,” said the civil servant who lives in Kempas, Johor.

Abdullah Rahim Saun, who planned to travel to Terengganu, said the current economic situation in Malaysia had influenced his family’s travel plans.

PWTC’s halls were packed to the brim throughout the three-day fair, which is estimated to have recorded a 120,000-strong crowd. — Photos: RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star PWTC’s halls were packed to the brim throughout the three-day fair, which is estimated to have recorded a 120,000-strong crowd. — Photos: RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star

“Things such as GST are in the back of my mind,” he said.

A group of students shared similar sentiments, with Serene Liew saying she and her friends would only visiting only Penang this year.

Khairul Amizan Abdul Rahman from Bangi said his travelling plans were influenced by the current economic situation.

“Package prices play an important role when I plan for trips. The cheaper the package, the better it is for us consumers,” he said.

Besides price, safety is a priority for Iris Woon Lee Lee and Pamela Lee Peng Peng.

Lee said, “Despite the increased costs and safety concerns, I still believe in travelling.

“Life is too short. We just have to enjoy travelling no matter the offer — time away from work and a getaway with friends.”


Many visitors were seen shopping for various packages and deals. Many visitors were seen shopping for various packages and deals.
Woon also brought up how Malaysia’s currency strength influenced her destination choices.
On umrah packages, Faisal Kassim observed that there were fewer visitors at the fair’s umrah hall this year.

“It may be caused by the current economic situation in our country.

“I brought only my parents to survey package prices. We don’t intend to buy or sign up for anything today,” said the Petaling Jaya resident.

Hazali Shamsudin, who purchased a package in the umrah hall, said his family would be visiting Mecca only this time because of time constraints.

MATTA president Datuk Hamzah Rahmat was optimistic that the three-day fair which ended on Sunday would attract a 120,000-strong crowd, which is the highest number of visitors ever.

“Considering the current challenging economic situation, 120,000 visitors is a very good figure as our target was set at 90,000,” he said, adding that the previous record was 110,000 visitors in 2003.


(From left) Ain Nur Arasyie Mohd Sabri, Uzzy Zafriena Zafria, Racheal Divya Joseph and Sit Maisarah Mohd Zamree promoting various Langkawi attractions at the Bin Ali Holidays booth. (Left) (From left) Ain Nur Arasyie Mohd Sabri, Uzzy Zafriena Zafria, Racheal Divya Joseph and Sit Maisarah Mohd Zamree promoting various Langkawi attractions at the Bin Ali Holidays booth.

Hamzah attributed the high visitor count to the aggressive promotion of domestic tourism as well as marketing tactics by destination partners such as Japan and Indonesia.

“We started encouraging Malaysians to travel domestically since last year due to the global uncertainties.

“We now have dedicated halls for domestic tourism, with one hall just for Malaysian destinations and another for both Malaysian and Asean destinations. It is also more organised in terms of traffic flow.

“We picked one state to profile at the more recent editions of MATTA Fair. We are highlighting Johor this round, and this serves as an opportunity for the state to sell its travel and tourism products,” he said.

Hamzah said another element that was fairly new to the fair was the umrah hall, which served as a dedicated venue for those wanting to make enquiries about umrah packages.

“The umrah hall is a permanent feature since the September 2015 fair. This section was started to provide peace of mind to travellers, as the deals are offered by licensed travel agents.


Angry Bird booth promoters explaining the packages available at the park to (from right) Nur Wani Syahirah, Nureen Adveanna and Muhammad Aliuddin Akmal. Angry Bird booth promoters explaining the packages available at the park to (from right) Nur Wani Syahirah, Nureen Adveanna and Muhammad Aliuddin Akmal.

“These agents are members of MATTA and have to abide by a certain code of ethics, as we don’t want the MATTA brand to be tarnished,” he said.

“We also support the efforts of the government and non-governmental organisations by providing some space for them to highlight what they do.

“These include a blood donation campaign by the National Blood Bank and awareness campaigns for the National Cancer Council and Traffic wildlife trade monitoring network.”

Hamzah said the three-day fair was estimated to see RM150mil in sales, with some 40% of visitors shopping for domestic tourism deals.

The 41st edition of the MATTA Fair featured a total of 1,214 booths occupying a 27,400sq m of exhibition space.

The event included activities such as cultural shows, blogger sharing sessions and career talk by MATTA Academy, as well as contests for buyers offering air tickets, hotel stays and theme park passes as prizes.

Malang bertimpa pesakit kanser hidung

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PASIR MAS – Bagaikan sudah jatuh ditimpa tangga. Itulah nasib ditanggung seorang pesakit barah hidung apabila dirinya tidak mampu lagi bekerja berikutan penyakit yang dihidapi sejak beberapa tahun lalu.
Zakaria Salleh, 62, yang sebelum ini adalah seorang tukang rumah di Kampung Bakong berkata, keadaan berkenaan memaksa anak dan isterinya bekerja sebagai pembantu juru masak di kantin sebuah sekolah untuk terus menyara kehidupan mereka sekeluarga.
Akibat penyakit tersebut, dia mengalami alahan teruk terutama jika berada di kawasan pembinaan.

“Saya dah hampir putus asa disebabkan penyakit ni. Tapi, bila fikirkan kecekalan anak-anak dan isteri, saya berasa sedikit tenang,” katanya, selepas menerima lawatan Pegawai Kerja Sosial Perubatan Jabatan Kerja Sosial Perubatan Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II, Rosnani Ab Manaf, semalam.

Beliau turut menyerahkan Surat Bantuan Kelulusan Bantuan Pesakit Kanser daripada Majlis Kanser Nasional (Makna).
Beliau berkata, Zakaria akan menerima bantuan sebanyak RM250 selama enam bulan, sebagai bantuan kos rawatan penyakit tersebut.
Sementara itu, Pegawai Jasa Meranti, Ahmad Anuar Husin berkata, bantuan ini menunjukkan keprihatinan kerajaan membantu rakyat dalam kesulitan.

“Kami harap Zakaria dan keluarga tidak berputus asa untuk sembuh daripada penyakit tersebut,” katanya.

“Go for medical exams to detect cancer early’

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KUALA LUMPUR: The public should go for scheduled medical examinations at least twice a year in order to detect cancer, said Health deputy director-general (medical) Datuk Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai.
He said the public should get medical examinations done to detect cancer at an early stage.

“This lack of concern and not wanting to take medical tests are among the challenges in the management of cancer in this country. Health examinations can be done twice a year, and early detection could reduce the mortality rate from cancer,” he said in the programme ‘Breakfast Talk’ 2/2016 series, held at the Malaysian Integrity Institute yesterday.
Dr Jeyaindran said in 2014, an estimated 90,000 people were treated as cancer patients.
Meanwhile, general manager of the National Cancer Council Farahida Mohd Farid said according to the 2013 Makna report, 45,000 Malaysians were reported to have cancer and the number was increasing each year.
“The easiest way to prevent cancer is to change eating habits and have an active lifestyle as medical experts have acknowledged that these could improve the blood circulation system and promote better immunisation,” she said.

A stage-four lung cancer survivor Mohd Zulhaimi Suderman, 39, said he regretted not going for medical checks to detect the disease early but was grateful that he had fully recovered from it a year ago.

“I often felt pain in my chest and was always coughing for 18 months, I did not expect it to be a sign of lung cancer.
“My advice is not to take any pain that you experience lightly. I encourage you to refer to a doctor before it becomes worse,” he said.

The ‘Breakfast Talk’ 2/2016 series programme which focused on issues and challenges relating to cancer management, was held in conjunction with World Cancer Day on Feb 4. — Bernama

Be More Concerned About Personal Health – Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai

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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 (Bernama) — The public should go for scheduled medical examinations at least twice a year in order to detect cancer, said Health deputy director-general (medical) Datuk Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai.

He said the public should get medical examinations done to detect cancer at an early stage. “This lack of concern and not wanting to take medical tests are among the challenges in the management of cancer in this country.

“Health examinations can be done twice a year, and early detection could reduce the mortality rate from cancer,” he said in the programme “Breakfast Talk” 2/2016 series, held at the Malaysian Integrity Institute Wednesday.

Dr Jeyaindran said in 2014, an estimated 90,000 people were treated as cancer patients.

Meanwhile, General Manager of the National Cancer Council Farahida Mohd Farid said according to the 2013 Makna report, 45,000 Malaysians were reported to have cancer and the number was increasing each year.

“The easiest way to prevent cancer is to change eating habits and have an active lifestyle as medical experts have acknowledged that these could improve the blood circulation system and promote better immunisation,” she said.

A stage-four lung cancer survivor Mohd Zulhaimi Suderman, 39, said he regretted not going for medical checks to detect the disease early but was grateful that he had fully recovered from it a year ago.

“I often felt pain in my chest and was always coughing for 18 months, I did not expect it to be a sign of lung cancer.
My advice is not to take any pain that you experience lightly. I encourage you to refer to a doctor before it becomes worse,” he said.

The “Breakfast Talk” 2/2016 series programme which focused on issues and challenges relating to cancer management, was held in conjunction with World Cancer Day on Feb 4.

Kikis Sikap Tidak Ambil Peduli Demi Kesihatan Diri – Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai

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KUALA LUMPUR, 17 Feb (Bernama) — Sikap tidak mengambil peduli dan tidak mahu melakukan pemeriksaan kesihatan merupakan antara cabaran dalam pengurusan penyakit kanser di negara ini, kata Timbalan Ketua Pengarah (Perubatan) Kesihatan Datuk Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai.

Sehubungan itu, beliau menggesa orang ramai agar melakukan pemeriksaan kesihatan secara berkala sekurang-kurangnya dua kali setahun sebagai langkah awal bagi mengesan kanser.

“Pemeriksaan kesihatan boleh dibuat dua kali setahun mengikut nasihat doktor dan pengesanan awal mungkin dapat mengurangkan kadar kematian disebabkan kanser,” katanya pada program ‘Breakfast Talk’ Siri 2/2016 di Institut Integriti Malaysia (IIM), di sini hari ini.

Dr Jeyaindran berkata pada 2014, sejumlah 90,000 pesakit dirawat sebagai pesakit kanser.

Sementara itu, Pengurus Besar Majlis Kanser Negara (Makna) Farahida Mohd Farid berkata mengikut laporan Makna 2013, sejumlah 45,000 rakyat Malaysia dilaporkan menghidap kanser dan jumlah itu dilaporkan meningkat setiap tahun.

“Langkah yang paling mudah untuk mencegah adalah dengan menukar pola pemakanan dan mengamalkan gaya hidup aktif yang diakui pakar perubatan bahawa ia mampu menjadikan sistem peredaran darah lebih baik serta menjadikan sistem imunisasi tinggi,” katanya.

Seorang bekas pesakit kanser paru-paru tahap empat, Mohd Zulhaimi Suderman, 39, melahirkan kekesalan kerana tidak menjalani pemeriksaan kesihatan bagi mengesan penyakit itu lebih awal namun bersyukur kerana pulih sepenuhnya setahun lalu.

“Saya sering sakit dada serta batuk berpanjangan selama setahun setengah dan tidak menyangka ia adalah petanda penyakit kanser paru-paru.

“Nasihat saya, janganlah sesekali menganggap setiap kesakitan yang anda alami adalah perkara biasa. Saya mohon agar anda merujuk kepada doktor sebelum ia menjadi lebih mudarat,” katanya.

Program ‘Breakfast Talk’ Siri 2/2016 yang berlangsung setengah hari itu memberi fokus kepada isu dan cabaran menangani aspek ‘Penjagaan Kesihatan Kanser, Tanggungjawab Kita: Perspektif Integriti’ diadakan sempena sambutan Hari Kanser Sedunia pada 4 Feb.

Check up to detect cancer twice a year: Deputy DG

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Kuala Lumpur:

The public should go for scheduled medical examinations at least twice a year in order to detect cancer, said Health Deputy Director-General (medical) Datuk Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai.
He said the public should get medical examinations done to detect cancer at an early stage.
“This lack of concern and not wanting to take medical tests are among the challenges in the management of cancer in this country.Health examinations can be done twice a year, and early detection could reduce the mortality rate from cancer,” he said in the programme “Breakfast Talk” 2/2016 series, held at the Malaysian Integrity Institute, Wednesday.

Dr Jeyaindran said in 2014, an estimated 90,000 people were treated as cancer patients. Meanwhile, General Manager of the National Cancer Council Farahida Mohd Farid said according to the 2013 Makna report, 45,000 Malaysians were reported to have cancer and the number was increasing each year.

“The easiest way to prevent cancer is to change eating habits and have an active lifestyle as medical experts have acknowledged that these could improve the blood circulation system and promote better immunisation,” she said.
A stage-four lung cancer survivor Mohd Zulhaimi Suderman, 39, said he regretted not going for medical checks to detect the disease early but was grateful that he had fully recovered from it a year ago.
“I often felt pain in my chest and was always coughing for 18 months, I did not expect it to be a sign of lung cancer.
“My advice is not to take any pain that you experience lightly. I encourage you to refer to a doctor before it becomes worse,” he said.

The “Breakfast Talk” 2/2016 series programme which focused on issues and challenges relating to cancer management, was held in conjunction with World Cancer Day on Feb 4.
Meanwhile, the Selangor Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat) will hold a public hearing on dengue on Feb 23, said its Chairman Hannah Yeoh.
She said the committee decided to look into the matter after the state had recorded the highest dengue fever cases in Malaysia.

According to the State Health Department, a total of 63,198 dengue cases were reported last year while the Ministry of Health reported that 7,335 cases were recorded from Jan 1 to Feb 2.

Bincang idea, inisiatif lawan kanser

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Sampai hari ini, perkataan kanser itu begitu menggerunkan apatah lagi apabila ia menimpa diri sendiri. Meskipun sudah banyak usaha menyebarkan maklumat dan kesedaran mengenai kanser, masih ada yang kurang tahu mengenainya dan tidak kurang yang berputus asa untuk meneruskan hidup tatkala disahkan menghidapnya.
Justeru itu, sempena sambutan Hari Kanser Sedunia tahun ini, Majlis Kanser Nasional (MAKNA) menganjurkan simposium bertajuk ‘Kami Boleh. Saya Boleh – Bersama Melawan Kanser di Malaysia’.

Objektif simposium jelas untuk menjadi platform supaya semua pihak sama ada kerajaan, korporat atau persatuan sosial dapat tampil bagi membincangkan idea dan inisiatif melawan kanser selain mengurangkan beban yang ditanggung akibat penyakit yang menggerunkan ini.

Pengurus Besar MAKNA Farahida Mohd Farid menegaskan kepentingan semua pihak berpadu tenaga dan merangka pelan serta polisi yang lebih baik untuk masa depan rakyat negara ini khususnya dalam penjagaan kanser.
Antara ahli panel dalam simposium berkenaan adalah Perunding Klinikal Onkologi Hospital Sultan Ismail Johor Bahru Dr Mohd Roslan yang mewakili Institut Kanser Kebangsaan Malaysia, Pengurus Kanan Pengaktifan Jenama WWF Suan Tan dan Pengarah Urusan I First International Consultancy Dr Sudeep Mohandas.

Apabila bercakap mengenai kanser, selama ini perhatian diberikan kepada aktiviti meningkatkan kesedaran dan pengumpulan dana tetapi kali ini ahli panel simposium mahukan pendekatan yang lebih baik demi manfaat semua pihak selain membincangkan keperluan kajian berterusan bagi mengetahui punca sebenar kanser supaya ia dapat dicegah.

Menurut statistik yang dibentangkan oleh Dr Roslan, kanser berada di tangga keempat dalam menyebabkan kematian rakyat negara ini. Secara umumnya antara kanser utama yang ba¬nyak mengorbankan nyawa adalah kanser payudara, usus, paru-paru, serviks dan nasofarinks (farinks terletak di atas lelangit lembut dan bersambung dengan lubang hidung).
Satu perkara lagi yang tidak kurang penting ialah penjagaan bersepadu bagi ahli keluarga yang kehila¬ngan orang tersayang akibat kanser. Penjagaan dan sokongan yang sewajarnya amat penting tetapi ia sering diketepikan.
Akhir sekali ialah membangunkan strategi baru untuk mengurangkan risiko gaya hidup khususnya merokok, pengambilan alkohol, diet dan tabiat pemakanan serta senaman.

Hari Kanser Sedunia diraikan pada 4 Februari setiap tahun di seluruh dunia dengan satu tema yang sama. Ia bertujuan mengurangkan kematian akibat kanser melalui pelbagai aktiviti bagi meningkatkan kesedaran masyarakat dan menggesa kerajaan untuk mengambil tindakan sewajarnya.

Kempen tiga tahun dengan slogan ‘Kita Boleh. Saya Boleh’ dipilih untuk mengetahui bagaimana setiap anggota masyarakat boleh mengambil bahagian dalam usaha mengurangkan beban akibat kanser. Untuk maklumat lanjut boleh layari laman Facebook MAKNA di www.facebook.com/maknacancer atau www.worldcancerday.org.

Five things you need to know about your financial aid contribution to MAKNA

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KUALA LUMPUR: Spreading the knowledge and understanding of cancer is a priority for the National Cancer Council or MAKNA.

Over the years, the education part has grown in importance with the number of cancer patients increasing every year.

But, where does financial aid contributed to National Cancer Council (MAKNA) go to?

The following breakdown gives a picture of the percentages of expenses incurred by MAKNA for the services offered to cancer patients and the public:

For every RM1.00:

43 sen – is allocated to MAKNA’s Bursary Assistance Programme, which is a monetary assistance project that provides financially-challenged cancer patients with the required support

24 sen – is for others, including digital mobile mammograms, fundraising and volunteer activities, etc.

23 sen – is invested in the purchase of cancer-related medication and treatment at UKMMC-MAKNA Cancer Centre

8 sen – is put aside for cancer awareness programmes and educational activities

2 sen – is channelled to cancer research

Source: National Cancer Council (MAKNA)

Makna brings breast cancer awareness to Felda schemes

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Felda scheme residents in the state are urged to go for regular tests to check for breast cancer.
Felda Palong 7 and 8 clinic health panel member, Mohd Noor Wahid said it was tragic that when they did finally go for a test, the cancer would have reached an advanced stage.

“Don’t take the matter lightly. Do a test immediately, before it’s too late,” he urged, at the launch of the National Cancer Council (Makna) Breast Cancer Mobile Screening Test programme at Felda Palong 7 Secondary School in Jempol, east of Seremban.

Mohd Noor, who is the programme coordinator, said men were also susceptible to breast cancer.

“This programme is conducted to educate Felda residents about breast cancer to save lives,” he said.

Makna service department deputy chief Nisha-Sanita Mohd Norha said the programme targeted women without breast cancer.

“Our targets are non breast cancer patients, women aged 40 to 65 and those with a history of cancer in the family,” she said.

Makna is a not-for-profit social enterprise tasked to pool and utilise every effort, expertise and welfare from every faction of society to fight cancer and to reduce the pain, suffering and morbidity that cancer patients often experience.
It aims to provide curative and preventive care, cancer research and support services to cancer patients and their families, high-risk groups and the general public. – December 24, 2015.

Ultimate Shave Off Sempena MOVEMBER MAKNA

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Kempen Movember kini semakin menjadi perhatian ramai warga kota dalam menyokong kempen badan-badan terlibat dalam memberikan sokongan moral dan juga derma bagi menyokong aktiviti MAKNA dan beberapa badan lain yang telibat dalam penyakit Kanser. MrJocko kali ini terlibat dalam Ultimate Shave Off sempena MOVEMBER MAKNA.

Bersama beberapa rakan dari Ducati Club Malaysia, MrJocko dan rakan-rakan berkonvoi dari Solaris Mont Kiara menuju ke Great Eastern Mall Ampang bagi menyokong usaha penaja terutamanya MAKNA sempena kempen kesedaran penyakit Kanser ini.


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MOVEMBER sebenarnya dikenali juga dengan nama Moustache dan November. Ia dimulakan di Australia pada tahun 1999, di mana ia bertujuan meningkatkan kesedaran tentang penyakit Kanser dan langkah-langkah pencegahan khas untuk kesihatan orang lelaki termasuk kanser prostate dan juga penyakit berkaitan kanser yang lain.

Tahun ini, pihak Truefitt & Hill turut berkerjasama dalam menyokong usaha murni ini. Tahun ini Truefitt & Hill, salah sebuah ‘outlet barber shop’ yang terkenal di dunia menawarkan sesi ‘cukur’ percuma kepada rakan-rakan yang turut sama menyertai kempen ini. Truefitt & Hill memperkenalkan ‘The Ultimate Shavine Experience’ kepada mereka-mereka yang ini merasai pengalaman bercukur dengan kepakaran tukang cukur terbaik dari Truefitt & Hill.

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Selama sebulan lebih MrJocko tidak bercukur, terasa memang agak rimas. Maklum la, MrJocko jarang simpan Jambang dan Misai. Selalunya MrJocko simpan janggut sahaja. Kini selepas sebulan lebih, terasa semua panjang dan agak merimaskan. Tetapi demi menyokong usaha dan kempen kesedaran penyakit Kanser kepada kaum lelaki khasnya Kanser Prostate dan juga penyakit kanser lain, MrJocko teruskan.

Kini, tiba masa untuk bercukur dan Alhamdulillah, tajaan bercukur kali ini diberikan oleh pihak Truefitt & Hill, jenama Barber Shop pertama di dunia yang kini anda boleh dapati di Malaysia. Untuk info, anda boleh mencuba pengalaman bercukur dengan selesa di Truefitt & Hill di lokasi outlet Great Eastern Mall Ampang, Bangsar Shopping Center dan juga JW Mariott Kuala Lumpur.

Sempena dengan event The Ultimate Shave Off Movember ini juga, pihak Rainbow Team telah menyerahkan sejumlah RM200,000 sumbangan hasil kutipan mereka sejak September hingga November 2015. Ia di serahkan sendiri oleh Rainbow Team Leader Dato’ Dr Arunan Selvaraj kepada pihak MAKNA.

Berkenaan MAKNA, sehingga hari ini, lebih dari 450,000 pesakit kanser menerima bantuan dari pihak MAKNA. Sejak dari itu, MAKNA telah membelanjakan lebih dari RM63 juta untuk tujuan kos perubatan dan berkaitan untuk pesakit kanser di seluruh Malaysia.

Sehingga hari ini, ada lebih dari 200 Volunteer yang aktif dalam membantu operasi dan menganjurkan lebih dari 150 aktiviti atau inisiatif setiap tahun.

Tidak lupa, sejak dari tahun 2000 lagi, MAKNA memperuntukkan lebih RM10 juta untuk tujuan research & development dalam usaha membantu pesakit kanser. Dalam masa yang sama, pihak MAKNA berkerjasama dengan pihak Akademi Sains Malaysia dengan belanja sebanyak RM1.2 juta dalam pembangunan penyelidikkan saintis muda sejak tahun 2001.

Untuk maklumat lanjut tentang MAKNA, sila layari laman web rasmi https://www.makna.org.my

#Movember Selepas 2 bulan, penyampai Astro AWANI akhirnya bercukur

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KUALA LUMPUR : Selepas dua bulan berjambang, penyampai Astro AWANI Syah Hairizal akhirnya bercukur dalam satu acara kemuncak yang dilakukan secara beramai-ramai hari ini.

Syah meyimpan misai dan janggut untuk tempoh dua bulan bagi menyatakan sokongan kami kepada kempen #Movember anjuran Majlis Kanser Nasional (MAKNA).

Kempen itu dilancarkan bagi memberikan kesedaran tetang kanser prostat dan kanser testis untuk meraih dana.

Acara kemuncak kempen tiga bulan “Movember-The Ultimate Shave off’ berlangsung pagi ini, di Great Eastern Mall di Ampang.

Menurut MAKNA, pelancaran kempen ini berjaya membawa objektifnya malah dana yang besar juga telah diperolehi menerusi kempen Movember ini.

Difahamkan, MAKNA berjaya meraih dana sebanyak RM180,000 sementara ketua kumpulan sukarelawan Rainbow, Dato’Dr Arunan berjaya memungut dana sebanyak RM 20,000 yang membawa kepada jumlah kutipan sebanyak RM200,000.

Lebih membanggakan, jumlah kutipan yang diperolehi menerusi kempen ini telah membatasi sasaran mereka iaitu sebanyak RM 130,000.

“Ia sungguh menggembirakan untuk melihat tahap sokongan yang diberi oleh semua lapisan masyarakat sejak dari mula lagi.

“Usaha kerjasama selebriti, artis, orang ramai, ahli korporat, dan juga bekas pesakit kanser yang telah menyumbangkan kreativiti serta masa mereka telah menjayakan kempen ini.” Kata Pengurus Besar MAKNA, Farahida Mohd Farid.

Selain Syah, kempen ini turut menerima sokongan daripada RJ MIX FM, Rod Monteiro, Celebrity chef, Micheal Imran, RJ Minnal FM, Theivegan dan Pengarah Eksekutif Blublack Productions, Sha’arin Razali.

Peserta-peserta kempen ini telah dicukur oleh Truefitt & Hill, yang merupakan penaja rasmi bagi kempen kesedaran ini.

Datuk Dr Arunan juga mengucapkan terima kasih kepada penjana mereka yang telah menghulurkan sokongan untuk menjayakan kempen ini.

“Tanpa sokongan dan sumbangan mereka, kempen ini sudah pasti tidak akan kejayaan,” kata Dr Arunan.

Antara penaja mereka ialah Truefitt & Hill, Golden Screen Cinema Sdn Bhd, MIX FM, Great Eastern Mall serta Ducati Club Malaysia.
Kempen Movember dimulakan di Australia pada 1999 bagi meningkatkan kesedaran terhadap isu kesihatan lelaki termasuk kanser prostat.

Di Malaysia, beberapa pertubuhan dan individu sudah menyokong kempen ini atas inisiatif mereka sendiri.

Going bald for a good cause

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THE University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) ceo and provost Prof Christine Ennew was cheered on and supported by staff and students recently as they gathered to watch her head being shaved. She had earlier pledged to do so if RM20,000 was raised as part of the Jom Botak campaign organised by the university’s Ace Society and the National Cancer Council Malaysia (Makna).

“Our students have been fundraising to help Makna enhance treatment and support for cancer sufferers from disadvantaged backgrounds giving them the best possible chance to fight the disease.
“They have worked hard and I wanted to offer them my support in the best way I could.
“It’s a small price to pay to be able to raise so much to support this important cause,” said Prof Ennew.
The Jom Botak campaign was held for the fourth consecutive year at UNMC from Oct 28 to Nov 5, to raise funds, increase awareness and show support to cancer patients throughout Malaysia.
“We have raised over RM20,000. Money continues to come in. We were thrilled to get Prof Ennew on board towards this pledge,” said UNMC Jom Botak campaign organising chairman and second year international business management student He Manli.

Several staff members and students also got their heads shaved as part of the campaign while others donated towards the individual pledges.

“I was very pleased to take part in thes initiative,” said Dr Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz from the School of Geography.

Donors can contribute to the campaign until Nov 30 at http://simplygiving.com/jombotakshaveforlife

LeBlanc Communications employees shave it off for cancer awareness

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LeBlanc Communications Sdn Bhd today launched the Shave It Off campaign, with the participation of TFP Solutions Bhd and Malaysia National Cancer Council (Makna), to raise awareness of the risks of cancer.
LeBlanc Communications managing director Kuna Muno and TFP Solutions group managing director Quah Tek Jin joined 21 employees in fulfilling their pledge to shave their heads to show solidarity with cancer patients.
Kuna, who recently lost a family member to cancer, said there should be better awareness of the disease which affected many Malaysians as early detection could save lives.

“Our understanding of the seriousness of the matter drove us to help not only our people, but other cancer patients as well with the Shave It Off: In support of cancer awareness campaign.
“We look forward to a lasting relationship with Makna as we hope to be more involved in the effort to spread awareness and help make things better for those in need,” he said.

The provider of end-to-end wireless telecommunications network infrastructure raised RM165,000 for Makna’s awareness programmes through the campaign.

Muno said the sum was raised from individuals and organisations through the volunteers’ pledges to shave their heads in sympathy with cancer patients, who tended to suffer hair loss as a side effect of their treatments.
The volunteers were shaved by a barber on stage in front of a crowd shouting encouragement today. – November 20, 2015.

Professor Christine Ennew goes bald for cancer awareness

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Professor Christine Ennew, CEO and Provost of The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) pledged to shave her head if RM 20,000 was raised as part of the Jom Botak campaign organised by Ace Society of UNMC and MAKNA.

“Our students have been fundraising to help MAKNA enhance treatment and support for cancer suffers from disadvantaged backgrounds giving them the best possible chance to fight this devastating disease. They have worked tremendously hard and I wanted to offer them my support in the best way I could. It’s a small price to pay to be able to raise so much to support this important cause,” said Professor Ennew.
The “Jom Botak” campaign is running for the fourth year in UNMC to raise funds, to increase awareness and to show support to cancer patients throughout Malaysia. This year the campaign ran from 28 Oct to Nov 5.
“We have raised over RM 20,000 and money continues to come in and on November 5 we were thrilled to get our CEO on board towards this pledge,” said He Manli, the Organising Chairperson of Jom Botak who is an 2nd year international business management student at UNMC.
Several staff members and students also got their heads shaved as part of this campaign while others donated towards the individual pledges.
“I was very pleased to participate in this initiative by MAKNA and UNMC’s student association. In Malaysia there is a risk that 15 percent of people would suffer from cancer before the age of 75. Early cancer diagnosis saves many lives. For this reason, awareness and campaigns like Jom Botak are very important,” said Dr Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz, who went bald and is also growing a beard in conjunction with Movember.
“At the University we are hugely supportive of initiatives which are student led and bring benefits to our broader community, so losing hair, which will soon grow is something is really not too difficult to do,” Professor Ennew said after having her head shaved at the Student Association Circle on November 17.

Professor Ennew received the cheers and support by many students and staff who gathered at 1 pm on November 17 to witness a bold move by the CEO and Provost of UNMC to show her support towards those affected by cancer.
Jom Botak at UNMC

The campaign involved a “Go Bald Auction” which was opened for members of staff and students at UNMC. The participants were required to be included in an auction list with a pre determined price tag. When the said auction amount had been reached, the participant shaved his or her head.
Donors are welcomed to donate until November 30 via the http://simplygiving.com/jombotakshaveforlife.
Jom Botak Campaign in 2012.

About Jom Botak
Jom Botak simply means to go bald, an initiative by MAKNA (Majlis Kanser Nasional) to get involved in the fight against cancer. For more information on starting your own Jom Botak campaign please consult: http://www.peoplegiving.org/makna-jom-botak.

UNMC’s 15th Anniversary
One of the world’s truly global universities, with campuses in Malaysia, the UK and China, 2015 marks the 15th year since setting up as UK’s first full-fledged international campus in Malaysia and all three campuses continue to enrich the lives of students across the world through global education, ground-breaking research and community engagement.
(Article Image: Professor Christine Ennew with (from left to right) UNMC Student Association President, Muhammadh Aqeel Shums Deen and Afrah Ismail, SA Vice President.)

Ukir senyuman pesakit kanak-kanak

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SUASANA ketika menerima rawatan hemodialisis pada pagi itu sedikit suram buat si genit Airen Nurain Nazemir, 8, apabila bayang-bayang sang penghibur tidak muncul di wad kanak-kanak Hospital Selayang, Selangor.

“Mana Doktor Badut? Kenapa dia belum datang lagi? Doktor Badut janji nak datang hari ini tapi kenapa tak sampai lagi,” tanya Airen Nurain kepada ibunya dengan perasaan sedikit kecewa.

Sambil menanti kehadiran sang penghibur, dia bermain permainan video di telefon pintar.
Ketika sedang leka dengan telefon pintarnya kelihatan kelibat seorang lelaki berpakaian putih dan berhidung merah muncul di bilik rawatan tersebut.
Wajah Airen Nurain yang muram terus tersenyum riang sebaik melihat sang penghibur muncul bersama seekor maskot burung berwarna hijau.

“Doktor kenapa lambat? Saya nak doktor menari ikut lagu ini,” pintanya kepada sang penghibur.

Tanpa melengahkan masa Doktor Badut tersebut memenuhi permintaan anak kecil itu.
Riak wajah Airen Nurain kelihatan seperti kanak-kanak normal, namun di sebalik setiap senyuman di wajahnya seakan-akan mahu menyembunyikan kesakitan yang dialaminya setelah disahkan menghidap penyakit buah pinggang sejak berumur dua tahun.
Menjadi rutin harian Airen Nurain untuk datang ke Hospital Selayang tiga kali seminggu bagi menjalani rawatan dialisis.
Menurut ibunya, Siti Mahfuzah Makpol, 38, pada hari Isnin, Rabu dan Jumaat Airen Nurain akan ke hospital itu bagi menerima rawatan.

“Rabu adalah hari yang ditunggu-tunggunya kerana dia akan berjumpa dan dihiburkan oleh Doktor Badut.
“Saya turut gembira setelah melihat senyuman terukir di wajahnya setiap kali berjumpa Doktor Badut,” jelasnya.

Walaupun memiliki Ijazah Kejuruteraan Kimia dari Universiti Bradford, England insan bernama Iskandar Syah Ismail, 39, atau dikenali sebagai Doktor Badut lebih gemar melakukan kerja amal dengan menghiburkan pesakit kanak-kanak.
Menurut Iskandar Syah, jiwanya lebih suka melakukan kerja amal dan dia memperoleh satu kepuasan berharga apabila dapat menceriakan pesakit kanak-kanak di hospital.

“Walaupun kerjaya ini tidak menjanjikan pendapatan yang lumayan tetapi ia memberi kepuasan kepada saya apabila dapat mengurangkan seketika penderitaan yang dialami oleh pesakit kanak-kanak,” jelasnya.

Tambahnya, idea untuk menjadi Doktor Badut ini tercetus ketika menjadi sukarelawan di Majlis Kanser Nasional (Makna).
Ketika berkhidmat dengan Makna, dia sering melawat wad kanak-kanak yang menghidap penyakit kanser.

“Saya boleh rasakan mereka bosan di hospital tetapi akan mengukir senyuman bila dihiburkan,” katanya.
Pada tahun 2000, Iskandar Syah terbang ke Amerika Syarikat dengan perbelanjaan sendiri bagi mengikuti program Doktor Badut.
“Setelah mendapat tahu bahawa di Amerika Syarikat ada program Doktor Badut yang beroperasi sejak 1986, saya memutuskan untuk mendalami ilmu di sana.
“Saya mempelajari ilmu dan teknik untuk menghibur serta berinteraksi dengan kanak-kanak yang menghidap penyakit serius,” ujarnya.

Selain itu, Iskandar Syah juga pernah ke Australia dan Sepanyol untuk mempelajari kaedah Doktor Badut di negara tersebut.
Tambahnya, Doktor Badut sebenarnya mempunyai kepentingan dalam perkembangan positif buat pesakit terutamanya kanak-kanak yang menghidap penyakit kronik dan kritikal seperti kanser.
Tujuan utama Doktor Badut adalah membantu pesakit melupakan seketika penderitaan yang dialami mereka.

“Dalam bidang tugas ini saya meletakkan sensitiviti pesakit di tangga teratas kerana konsepnya berbeza daripada badut penghibur yang lain.

“Apabila bertugas di hospital, saya hanya memerlukan hidung merah dan tidak perlu memakai mekap tebal supaya tidak menakutkan pesakit terutamanya kanak-kanak,” tuturnya.

Tambah anak kelahiran Jerantut, Pahang itu, sebagai Doktor Badut, dia banyak menggunakan teknik improvisasi ketika berhadapan dengan pesakit kanak-kanak.
Jika pesakit adalah bayi dan kanak-kanak berusia bawah enam tahun, dia akan menggunakan buih sabun dan peti muzik mini untuk menghiburkan mereka. Bagi pesakit berumur enam hingga 12 tahun pula dia menggunakan kaedah silap mata, nyanyian, tarian dan beberapa prop untuk menarik perhatian mereka.

Iskandar Syah yang merupakan anak ketiga daripada tujuh beradik berkata, Doktor Badut mempunyai cabaran tersendiri dan antaranya meyakinkan pihak Hospital mengenai keberkesanan program tersebut.
Sepanjang menjadi Doktor Badut, Iskandar Syah pernah menitiskan air mata setelah dapat menunaikan hajat seorang kanak-kanak penghidap kanser sebelum pesakit itu menghembuskan nafas terakhir.

“Ayah pesakit tersebut menyatakan anaknya mahu saya menghiburkannya sempena sambutan hari jadinya. Saya datang pada majlis tersebut dan menghiburkannya walaupun ketika itu dia sudah tenat.
“Beberapa hari selepas itu, saya mendapat panggilan bahawa pesakit tersebut telah menghembuskan nafas terakhirnya. Namun, saya berasa puas hati kerana telah menunaikan hajat terakhirnya,” jelasnya.

Dalam pada itu, kegigihan Iskandar Syah dalam menghiburkan pesakit kanak-kanak ini telah menjadikannya peneraju Doktor Badut di Malaysia dengan tertubuhnya Persatuan Penghibur Kanak-Kanak Buih Merah Kuala Lumpur dan Selangor atau lebih dikenali sebagai Red Bubbles yang menyediakan khidmat sukarelawan untuk menghiburkan pesakit di hospital.
Sebelum ini Iskandar Syah bergerak secara solo sebelum dia menubuhkan Red Bubbles yang kemudiannya disertai lagi dua orang Doktor Badut dan empat orang ahli yang membantu mencari dana untuk mereka menjalankan kerja sukarelawan itu.
Sehingga kini, Iskandar bersama Doktor Badut yang lain akan meluangkan masa kira-kira tiga jam untuk mengadakan lawatan berkala seminggu sekali di wad kanak-kanak di Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM) dan Hospital Selayang.
Kami sememangnya memerlukan dana bagi meneruskan kerja amal ini dan mereka yang berhasrat untuk menyumbang dana kepada Red Bubbles dalam membantu menghiburkan pesakit kanak-kanak ini boleh menyampaikan sumbangan ke dalam akaun Maybank 5640 7000 2826.

Gaya hidup punca kanser payudara


Habiba (duduk, tengah) bersama peserta dari Pertubuhan Ibu Tunggal Kebangsaan Malaysia Cawangan Negeri Sembilan dan Persatuan Ibu Tunggal Mas merah Wilayah Persekutuan dan Selangor

SEREMBAN – Faktor gaya hidup dan pemakanan menjadi punca ramai wanita menghidap kanser payudara.

Fasilitator Program Majlis Kanser Nasional (Makna), Habiba Abd Rahman berkata, wanita yang mengamalkan pemakanan tidak sihat dan merokok mudah mendapat kanser payudara.

“Wanita yang tidak mementingkan kesihatan dengan memakan makanan berlemak dan kurang bersenam mudah mendapat kanser
“Mereka yang sering kali stres dengan kehidupan juga penyumbang kepada penyakit kanser kerana stres akan mempengaruhi hormon yang memudahkan pelbagai penyakit datang,” katanya.

Menurutnya, kurang kesedaran terhadap pemeriksaan payudara sendiri juga menyebabkan ramai wanita tidak menyedari mereka penghidap kanser payudara.

“Kanser boleh diubati sekiranya kita dapat mengesannya pada peringkat awal dan sebab itu pentingnya untuk kita melakukan pemeriksaan payudara sendiri
“Jika kita malu untuk membuat pemeriksaan di klinik atau hospital, kita boleh melakukannya di rumah dengan mengikut kaedah yang betul. Sebaiknya, buang perasaan malu itu dan buat pemeriksaan di hospital,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian selepas Majlis Kempen ‘Kekal Aktif, Hidup Sihat, Sayangi Payudara Anda’ di Kilang Yakult, di sini, semalam.
Pada program berkenaan, seramai 50 ibu tunggal dari Pertubuhan Ibu Tunggal Kebangsaan Malaysia Cawangan Negeri Sembilan dan Persatuan Ibu Tunggal Mas merah Wilayah Persekutuan dan Selangor hadir menyertai aktiviti kesihatan yang dianjurkan Yakult.
Antara aktiviti yang dijalankan ialah Zumba, ceramah kesihatan payudara oleh Makna dan pemeriksaan kesihatan dan payudara.

AIRASIA BERJAYA KUMPULKAN RM120,945.64 UNTUK MAJLIS KANSER NASIONAL | CAMPAIGN #AIRASIAMAKNA

Pada 18th October, Iday and Islam menghadiri majlis penyerahan cek antara AirAsia dan Majlis Kanser Nasional (MAKNA) yang bertempat di Fahrenheit88. AirAsia berjaya mengumpulkan RM120 945.64 melalui kempen amal mereka iaitu #AirAsiaMAKNA yang berlangsung selama 5 bulan.

Banyak kan dana terkumpul semasa kempen #AirAsiaMakna? Tahniah AirAsia :)

Kalau nak tahu, dana yang terkumpul ni menerusi kempen #AirAsiaMAKNA di mana baju-T edisi istimewa dengan rekaan ikonik uniform krew penerbangan dan kapten juruterbang AirAsia dijual bagi meningkatkan kesedaran mengenai kanser.

Baju-T edisi terhad ini, direka oleh AirAsia Allstars (kakitangan AirAsia) dijual pada RM30 sehelai di 23 lokasi di serata Malaysia, serta laman membeli-belah MAKNA.

“Menurut statistik yang dikeluarkan, 1 dari 4 rakyat Malaysia terjejas akibat kanser. Kami di AirAsia ingin memainkan peranan dalam mendidik masyarakat awam mengenai pencegahan awal begitu juga dalam memberi semula kepada komuniti yang menerima perkhidmatan kami.
Di setiap lokasi jualan #AirAsiaMAKNA, MAKNA turut berada di sana bagi memberi informasi dan panduan kepada masyarakat awam, mendorong mereka untuk mengetahui mengenai kanser dan membantu mereka yang memerlukan. Tambahan dari itu, kami juga menggunakan kekuatan laman media sosial kami untuk menyebarkan informasi mudah mengenai kanser. Ini telah menerima sambutan positif dari masyarakat tempatan” – Aireen Omar, Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif AirAsia Berhad

Sebenarnya memang betul, Iday baru je dengar talk tentang breast cancer. Kebanyakan mereka yang menghidap kanser memerlukan support bukan dari segi kewangan tapi dari segi moral.

MAKNA pula ditubuhkan dengan tujuan mengerakkan sumber- sumber dalam memberi perkhidmatan menyembuh, mencegah dan membantu pesakit kanser, keluarga mereka, kumpulan berisiko tinggi, serta masyarakat awam di Malaysia dan rantau ini. Adalah menjadi misi organisasi ini untuk melawan kanser dan mengurangkan kesakitan berkaitan, dan kesengsaraan yang dilalui oleh pesakit kanser.

Menurut Aireen Omar lagi, MAKNA telah berjaya melakukan pelbagai aktiviti yang bagus dalam membantu pesakit kanser di negara sepanjang dua dekad ini, dan kami berharap dana yang terkumpul menerusi kempen #AirAsiaMAKNA dapat membantu mereka untuk meneruskan usaha mereka.

Sepanjang kempen ini, AirAsia telah mengadakan 1 instagram contest dimana, sesiapa yang membeli Baju edisi-T #AirAsiaMAKNA hendaklah memuat naik gambar kreatif dengan memakai baju edisi-T tersebut dengan hashtag #AirAsiaMakna berpeluang memenangi sepasang tiket penerbangan ke Maldives atau Sapporo! Gila kentang! :)