Members of the cancer support groups identify themselves with a similar tumor type or have common goal/direction. Most of these support groups are co-led by a volunteer patient leader and a team of healthcare professionals such as medical social worker, nurses and medical physicians. Activities include medical education, health information and psychosocial support.
Note: In view of the current COVID-19 situation, we have suspended all on-site patient support programmes and will conduct selected patient support programmes via Zoom*.
*Zoom is an online platform for video conference.
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancer among women and it can have a severe impact on the patients’ self-esteem. Many of the patients’ needs are multi-faceted. The support group aims to address some of the common concerns and issues experienced by breast cancer patients. The support group is only for patients diagnosed with stage 0 – 3A breast cancer.
In cancer journey, patients would sometimes find it easier to speak to someone who can speak their mother tongue and how patients go through their cancer journey can be influenced by their ethnicity as well. As such, Patient Support Programme has offered Malay Support Group to our Malay-speaking cancer patients and their caregivers as well.
Nasopharyngeal Cancer (NPC) cancer patients often experienced side effects in terms of their sense like taste and smell and these side effects include difficulties in swallowing, loss of taste etc. As these side effects are unique to the cancer types, a support group specially for patients with nasopharyngeal cancer is set up for patients with the cancer diagnosis to come together and share their experiences and encourage one another in their cancer journey.
As we started our programme for cancer patients, we have received numerous feedback of patients who could only understand Mandarin or prefer the talks to be conducted in Mandarin. Bearing this feedback in mind, we have started this support group with the aim to have some of the common topics in other programme conducted in Mandarin for the benefit of this group of patients.
This is an interest group that binds cancer patients and caregivers who are interested in music together as they learn to play ukulele.