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

 
 Message from the 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.

Sincerely,

President
The Malaysian Oncological Society (MOS)
 

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