We incidentally lost our beloved Tunku Abdul Jalil Iskandar Sultan Ibrahim to killer cancer in 2015, that too at a pretty young age! We have all heard about Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer but Liver cancer, what is this cancer?? We seem to not know anything about it. At GetDoc Says, we try to put together information, so that our readers are not losing out on the knowledge sharing. Let us read on to find out about the disease.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. If detected early, it can be easily cured with a relatively simple surgery. This is why skin cancer only contributes to less than 1% of all cancer deaths. It is categorized into three main types, which is basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.
Do you know who first discovered cancer? According to the Edwin Smith Papyrus, dating back to about 3000 B.C., Egyptians once used a fire drill to burn the skin, in order to remove the breast tumors but the treatment didn’t work out well as expected. For so many years, more and more people had been suffering from cancers, as they kept evolving and getting stronger. Until one day, oncology first came to the world…
What is oncology?
Oncology is the study of cancer. According to news-medical.net, the term oncology literally means a branch of science that deals with tumors and cancers, while “onco” means bulk, mass or tumor and “-logy” means study.
What is the meaning of life to you? Do you enjoy the pleasures in life given to you? While you are now complaining how less the sprinkles on top of your icecream is, how life is so unfair that you couldn’t win that pair of Adidas shoes in a giveaway, at the other end of the world, somebody at some point is struggling to simply survive. Truth is, cancer is the biggest killer in the world. It is a high probability that there is atleast one friend or family member stricken with cancer in each of our lives. Thus we all know the pain of losing a dear one. Today we will find out about multiple myeloma, a type of cancer that affects your cells in the bone marrow, and is highly fatal.
Nearly 300 Singaporean women and 2000 Malaysian women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer this year. In Conjunction with The Women’s Gynaecological Awareness Month (WGCAM) Campaign 2016, we want to share a test that could potentially save your life: The Pap Smear Test.
Leukemia is a general term for different types of cancer, which affect the body’s blood-building system (blood cancer). A similarity of all those various types is that degenerated leucocytes (white blood cells) multiply themselves without any control. The disease can be distinguished in acute or chronic leukemia depending on the cancer’s progression. Children and adults are affected in even measures.
To continue with the series on Palliative Care where we last stopped at PJ’s story, we will now look into the story of Jared’s family, whose mother was diagnosed with lung cancer and he tells us how they fought the battle together with the support of Palliative Care.
Before we start off, for those who are unaware, Palliative Care is medical care given to patients whose diseases no longer respond to curable treatments. The patient has a disease which is life-limiting and life-threatening. The aim of hospice-palliative care is to alleviate the sufferings of these patients and to enhance the quality of life in the remaining days of their life. Hospice work involves providing for relief from pain and other distressing symptoms, as well as the giving of professional advice and support to families of cancer patients to help them care better for these patients.
Unlike the previous installments, we have decided to publish his story in the form of Q&A to help Jared tell his story in a better way.
Today, let’s try a different approach in reviewing diseases by looking at a real life case scenario.
Habits meet Carcinoma
Mr. X is a 40-year-old Taiwanese businessman who works on a very tight schedule. He meets up clients on a daily basis and takes frequent coffee breaks to keep him active and alive. Due to his working culture, he has infrequent meals and often takes late night supper. He has been having this burning like sensation on his chest for quite some time now. Recently, his symptoms intensified, he started vomiting whenever he lies down after a meal and he has difficulty falling asleep every night ever since. This has rendered him more lethargic than usual to carry out his routine busy schedule. He subsequently visited a gastroenterologist for his symptoms and an endoscopic examination revealed oesophageal lining inflammation and cellular degeneration, which puts him at high risk of having cancer.
This scenario above sounds very much clichéd isn’t it? Well, to be honest the lifestyle that we practice defines our wellbeing as a whole. So, eat healthy and live happily. Anyways, after reading the case scenario above, I’m sure everyone must be wondering what I’m talking about. today we will discuss everything about oesophageal cancer. This is very much a rare topic among the community as it is not as common as the other cancers out there but it is a disease that has been easily dismissed by many. Among the top 10 list of common cancers in Malaysia, oesophageal cancer ranks at the 9th place and that clearly shows the prevalence of the disease in perspective.
Sam Simon, a man known to many as the father and co-founder of a very well received and acclaimed animated TV seriers, ‘The Simpsons’. Pope John Paul II, an inspiring figure to many especially to the Roman Catholics of the world was a great religious leader of his time. These two public figures have one thing in common. Is anyone up for a guess? Well, I hope your guesses are inclined towards what I’m about to discuss for today. Both these personalities succumbed to colon cancer. Many would have already known this fact but for those who don’t, today is a great day to learn something new. In conjunction of the World Colon Cancer Awareness Month, I’m going to elaborate further on this matter in a very simple way.
Colon or colorectal cancer is the cancer of the colon and rectum, which are part of the large intestine. It is one of the commonest cancers worldwide. In Malaysia, it has been reported that Colon cancer is the top and third most reported cancer in males and females respectively. This is a statement taken from a Colorectal Oncology report in 2002. Yes, I do realize that the data is pretty much outdated but based on the recent generalized oncology report in 2012; cancers are being diagnosed more rampantly at a more worrying and devastating state.
In continuation with our series on stories highlighting the importance and relevance of Palliative care in the lives of patients suffering from terminal illnesses such as cancer, we bring to you yet another story from one of our friends PJ.
Before we start off, for those who are unaware, Palliative Care is medical care given to patients whose diseases no longer respond to curable treatments. The patient has a disease which is life-limiting and life-threatening. The aim of hospice-palliative care is to alleviate the sufferings of these patients and to enhance the quality of life in the remaining days of life. Hospice work involves providing for the relief from pain and other distressing symptoms, as well as the giving of professional advice and support to families of cancer patients to help them care better for these patients.
So here is PJ’s story, we are sure that by the end of it, you too will appreciate the whole concept behind Palliative Care.