| Message from Pfizer Malaysia
The emphasis on helping caregivers is crucial when one considers that the quality of care
extended by caregivers is a major factor in the comfort, healing and recovery of cancer
patients, both physically and emotionally.
Building on the overwhelming positive response from the first Hope Handbook publication as
well as the frequent requests from cancer caregivers for information, we decided to embark
on a dedicated publication targeted at caregivers.
When someone gets cancer, the news comes as shock to everyone. Lifestyles and relationships
change, there are emotional upheavals and strong feelings felt by all. But how we respond
makes a major difference.
HOPE Handbook 2: A Guide for Cancer Caregivers helps caregivers respond more proactively
in ways that make a positive impact to the patientís and their own lives. For us at Pfizer, this
is where the latest HOPE Handbook matters most; in its ability to assist Malaysians make that
all important difference in the lives of their loved ones.
Most importantly, caregivers can draw satisfaction from being able to see the positive results
they have brought into their loved oneís life. This will serve as a motivation to spur them on
in what can only be described as a difficult time for the family.
This handbook serves as a quick reference for information and tips on caring for cancer
patients. The information is presented in a simple yet comprehensive format, covering key
areas such as personal hygiene, diet, medication and much more.
From a different perspective, the handbook is not limited to caregivers. Anyone who wishes
to extend a helping hand would find it useful. Indirectly, it encourages more people to get
involved as well as creates awareness on cancer.
The task of being a carer to a cancer patient may seem daunting. But with some assistance,
it becomes much easier. It becomes easier for family members and friends to make a lifechanging
difference for their loved ones at the time they need it most.
We wish to thank The Ministry of Health, MOS, patients and caregivers who shared their
experiences and stories with us and everyone else who has helped make HOPE Handbook 2:
A Guide for Cancer Caregivers a reality.
Once you choose hope, anythingís possible. ~ Christopher Reeve