| Message from the Malaysian Oncological Society (MOS)
From our experience working with cancer patients and their families, one of the key issues is the
lack of understanding of the disease due to unavailability of information, especially information for
caregivers, particularly relevant for Malaysians.
The sense of helplessness, worry and doubt among caregivers and the extended support circle
often results in unnecessary mental, emotional and physical distress for many Malaysian families.
MOS is aware that public education efforts must continue and perhaps be increased; especially in
communicating with those who lack access to mass media and reliable information sources such
as the poor and rural communities. A continuous educational effort is needed to bridge the gap
between being informed and being not informed; or even misinformed.
This brings us to the HOPE Handbook community service project. Like in the first publication,
Hope Handbook 2: A Guide for Cancer Caregivers helps MOS achieve its objective; which is
continued education and awareness creation. The difference is we now rope in the support circle
of family and friends, which is a critical target group.
It is friends and family members who often shoulder the responsibility of being a caregiver. Often,
during this difficult time, they are unsure on whom to turn to for support and assistance. The HOPE
Handbook is able to provide some assistance through concise information and tips in addition to
useful contacts and reference sources.
Hope Handbook 2: A Guide for Cancer Caregivers also dispels many of the common
misconceptions and fallacies surrounding cancer and cancer care. With its easy-to-understand
language and reading style, we hope that this handbook will make it possible for the caregivers to
get a better understanding of how to care for their loved ones who are suffering from cancer.
Just as we were happy to be involved in the first HOPE Handbook publication, MOS is pleased to
be also contributing in the second installation of this project. We are grateful to Pfizer Malaysia for
their unwavering support in our mission. We are most thankful to the various cancer survivors and
caregivers who gave their willing permission for us to publish their stories in this HOPE Handbook
2: A Guide for Cancer Caregivers .
We believe the HOPE Handbook series will serve to give more than just hope, but practical help for
caregivers and the extended support circle of family and friends.
The Malaysian Oncological Society (MOS)