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  1. Lala81

    Chemotherapy experience at NCC

    Well. This is more of a sharing experience to help understand what's chemo about. Unfortunately, I am the patient in question. Basically I was diagnosed with early stage cancer in mid march. Operated and confirmed diagnosis. Came to National Cancer center for further treatment. The biggest shock is probably for my parents rather than me, given my background. My cancer is early stage and has good long term prognosis. But has a significant chance of relapse if no preventive chemotherapy is done Hence, after discussion with the oncologist here, will be undergoing 2 x 3 weeks cycles of chemo. My kids still young, so not taking preventive chemo is not really an option. I'm pretty prepared for everything, so all the pros and cons of chemo were q straight forward for me. Immune system will be weakened. So avoid crowded places. Wear mask. Eat only cooked food. Watch for fever etc. Basically once u seen the oncologist and if chemo is needed. U will need to prebook the chemo appt at level 3. Ambulatory treatment unit. Everytime u come must register and measure weight. Then u wait for your chair or bed to receive treatment. U come. U wait at your bed/chair. Can be accompanied by one family member. They come set plug and give u medicines. Then the infusion starts. Which lasts about few hours. I usually nap a bit or read on my phone. Was considering Netflix but no real inclination to watch when I was actually here. First week is pretty intense. 5 days in a row. Forearm veins also sian from being poked. There are different agents given on different days and everyone will experience different side effects. Main side effects are nausea, fatigue and feeling sick. It was pretty rough for mid last week. Even walking around the home is tiring. Supposedly with the latest drugs, vomiting is uncommon though nausea here and there is common. Sleep wake cycle is bit screwed up also. I'm easily 20-30 years younger than most pts here, can imagine these older folks need to be even more stoic. Currently I'm on week 2 of the first cycle. Typing this while I'm waiting for the infusion to finish. If u do have have family or friends having chemo, its pretty depressing to undergo. Family and friends are the most important in distracting you and helping out, though my kids are more annoying now since I'm not in the best of moods. The social connection is undoubtedly the most important though.
  2. Finally. A major milestone in vaccination... Actually boys will also benefit from reduction of sexually transmitted warts etc, but i guess the cost vs benefit ratio is not there. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/sec-1-female-students-free-hpv-vaccine-against-cervical-cancer-11316882
  3. CANCER is on the rise in Singapore - especially those linked with bad habits associated with modern lifestyle, including smoking and eating too much. According to figures from two years ago, which are the latest available, 12,123 people were diagnosed with cancer, up from 10,576 in 2008. This marks an increase of nearly 15 per cent. One reason for these numbers, said National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) director Soo Khee Chee, is an ageing population. The NCCS is Singapore's leading cancer treatment and research centre. "In developed countries like ours, people are living longer. Previously, people would die before they got cancer." But what is more worrying is how "lifestyle cancers", such as prostate, breast and colorectal cancers, are contributing to the rise. Prostate cancer cases went up by 52 per cent from 2003 to 2012, when cases of breast cancer also rose, by 25 per cent. These cancers are among the top three most commonly found in men and women respectively. They are also known as "developed-world cancers" because they are associated with the lifestyle in these countries. A factor that increases the chance of getting cancer is smoking, said Professor Soo. "Overall, the rate of smoking is moving downwards, but there is a trend of more younger people here taking it up." Health Promotion Board figures from 2010 showed that 16 per cent of young people aged 18 to 29 smoked regularly, up from 12 per cent in 2004. Other factors contributing to the rise of cancer here are poor diet and lack of exercise, because we are "overfed and eating the wrong food", said Prof Soo. Having fewer children and having them later also increase a woman's chances of getting cancer, he added. Cancer remains the No. 1 killer in Singapore, with 30 per cent of deaths in 2011 caused by the disease. This is five times more than deaths caused by accidents, violence and poisoning together. But the outlook is not all bleak. The chances of getting cancer can be lowered dramatically by modifying one's lifestyle. Stopping young people from smoking, for instance, "will almost decrease cancer deaths by a third if we succeed", said Prof Soo. Some of the most common cancers are also those that have the highest survival rates. Breast cancer - the most common cancer in women - has a five-year overall survival rate of 89 per cent. This means that 89 of every 100 people diagnosed with breast cancer were still alive after five years. The corresponding figure for lymphoma sufferers is 70 per cent, while that for colon cancer is 60 per cent. "Cancer is not a death sentence," said Prof Soo. "It would be a pity if cancer patients go into despair or give up because they think that way." Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/cancer-cases-the-rise-singapore-20140203
  4. RIP Cancer patient dies before getting payment from CGH after winning case on appeal https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/cancer-patient-dies-before-getting-payment-from-cgh-after-winning-case-on-appeal?xtor=CS3-18&utm_source=STiPhone&utm_medium=share&utm_term=2019-04-01%2014%3A04%3A33 Premium article Wait for the free versio This is the case reported earlier https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/changi-general-hospitals-negligence-caused-delay-lung-cancer-patients-diagnosis-apex-court
  5. Paige Hui Fang is a personal friend of mine, my classmate back in secondary school. Her sister is also a junior of mine in my secondary school band and a close friend. Got to know that their older brother is currently battling cancer at the young age of 36. Every dollar helps. Every word of encouragement goes a long way to keeping the morale of their family high and strong. A shoutout to Hui Fang here to stay positive and may your brother overcome this difficult period in his life! A little background story of Hui Fang's brother and his fight against cancer. I am Paige, and my only brother is fighting Stage 4 Bile Duct Cancer at age 36. The cancer has metastasized and has impaired his brain, lungs, stomach, bladder, spine and legs. He is currently bedridden due to a stroke, and has a morphine implant to help him ease the pain. His fight against cancer has been costly and his treatments have essentially wiped out his savings - he was the main breadwinner for his family and has an 8-year-old daughter. I wish to raise funds to help my brother and sister-in-law ease their financial worries with mounting costs as each day passes. His family will have to bear the five-digit palliative care costs, all his other inpatient and outpatient medical bills that are not covered by insurance. As his wife is his sole caregiver and unable to work at the moment, help is also needed for his mortgage, living expenses and his only daughter’s education. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc-TvGZF9K0 Giveasia Page: https://give.asia/campaign/help-eric-and-his-mounting-treatment-costs-due-to-stage-4-bile-duct-cancer
  6. Run for hope!!! DATE: 21 January 2018 (Sun) TIME: 7:00 AM (10km) / 7:30 AM (3.5km) VENUE: Kallang Bay / Marina Bay Area Let's run for a cancer free tomorrow, passion card members get a cheaper discounted rate. https://passioncard.sg/PAssion-Deals/RUN-FOR-HOPE-2018 http://www.runforhope.sg We can have a Breakfast MU after the run at Old airport road food center or any coffee shop nearby. Anyone interested?
  7. Seems like not only Colgate. Most toothpaste contains triclosan. https://sg.news.yahoo.com/colgate-total-toothpaste-includes-chemical-ingredient-linked-cancer-074918252.html#G1b6Nxk
  8. TAIPEI - Taiwanese writer Li Ao died on Sunday (March 18) morning at Taipei Veterans General Hospital. He was 83. Li was diagnosed with brain cancer a few years ago. The hospital will hold a press conference at 2pm on Sunday. http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwanese-author-li-ao-dies-after-battling-with-cancer Li Ao was a Chinese-Taiwanese writer, social commentator, historian, and independent politician. Li has been called one of the most important modern East Asian essayists today; his critics have called him as an intellectual narcissist.
  9. Health is important. All MCF members do take care Women who work nights face higher cancer risk: study http://www.asiaone.com/health/women-who-work-nights-face-higher-cancer-risk-study?xtor=EREC-16-4[Emarsys_Newsletter]-20180109&extid=6934d0cfb7b252f1ae9f0dbddf5ff88ca8637e77 Women who regularly work the night shift in Europe and North America may face a 19 per cent higher risk of cancer than those who work during the day, said a study Monday. These heightened risks were not apparent among female night-shift workers in Australia and Asia, said the meta-analysis in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. "Our study indicates that night shift work serves as a risk factor for common cancers in women," said study author Xuelei Ma, an oncologist at the West China Medical Center of Sichuan University in Chengdu, China. "We were surprised to see the association between night shift work and breast cancer risk only among women in North America and Europe," he added. "It is possible that women in these locations have higher sex hormone levels, which have been positively associated with hormone-related cancers such as breast cancer." The review incorporated 61 previously published studies on the topic, spanning 3.9 million participants from North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia and more than 110,000 cancers. One drawback to the study was that the different definitions of long-term night shift work -- with some of the papers describing it as "working during the night" and others saying "working at least three nights per month." But the association was stark. While overall long-term night shift work increased the risk of cancer by 19 per cent, the risk of certain cancers were even higher. Female night shift workers saw a 41 per cent increased risk of skin cancer and a 32 per cent higher risk of breast cancer. The risk of gastrointestinal cancer was 18 per cent higher than in women who did not perform long-term night shift work. A subset of female nurses was also highlighted in the study, which showed "those who worked the night shift had an increased risk of breast (58 per cent), gastrointestinal (35 per cent), and lung cancer (28 per cent) compared with those that did not work night shifts." Ma noted it was possible that nurses might be more likely to undergo screening, since they work in the medical profession. "Another possible explanation for the increased cancer risk in this population may relate to the job requirements of night shift nursing, such as more intensive shifts." When it came specifically to breast cancer, the risk rose by 3.3 per cent for every five years of night shift work, said the study. Previous research has shown that nighttime work can disrupt the body's circadian rhythms, causing hormonal and metabolic changes that may boost the risk of cancer, diabetes, obesity and depression. "The results of this research suggest the need for health protection programs for long-term female night shift workers," said Ma. "Long-term night shift workers should have regular physical examinations and cancer screenings."
  10. Hello, everybody! It's your most friendly and charitable moderator here! I would like to share with you this charity drive that is organised by Bridgestone Tyre Sales Singapore Pte Ltd. Your contribution will mean a lot to the breast cancer awareness. I always believe that as much as you take/earn, you have to give back. And the best way is to give back to the society. The most common cancer in Singapore is Breast Cancer. " According to the most recent report from the Singapore Cancer Registry, between 2008 and 2012, breast cancer constituted 29.4 per cent of all cancers among women. During the same period, deaths from breast cancer made up 17.9 per cent of all female deaths by cancer, making it the biggest killer of women." Quote from The Straits Times -http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/breast-cancer-understanding-the-most-common-cancer-for-women-in-singapore So Bridgestone Singapore is having a pink tyre valve cap donation sales. Each set of tyre valve cap is $4. All the proceeding will be donated to Breast Cancer Foundation. I would like to seek for every MCFers support for this meaningful event. This may not be the prettiest valve cap you can find. But it serves the purpose and also has a purpose. I bought a few of this last year and give it to my friends and colleagues who are driving. Here is the participating outlet! You guys can go and buy from here!
  11. Susan Lim sells home at Sentosa Cove for $39mil 2 March 2012 Straits Times EMBATTLED surgeon Susan Lim has sold her sea-facing bungalow in Sentosa Cove for $39 million, a record absolute price for the upmarket enclave. It is believed the home - a plush residence said to have five bedrooms and an entertainment room - was bought by an Indian national from the energy sector. A few months ago, his purchase would have attracted the standard 3 per cent stamp duty, but the measures that came in on Dec 8 imposed an additional 10 per cent duty on foreign home buyers. So the buyer will now have to stump up about $5 million in levies for the privilege of buying Dr Lim's home. Sentosa Cove is the only place where non-permanent resident foreigners can buy landed homes, although transactions still need government approval. Dr Lim's 15,929 sq ft estate in Cove Drive - likely two adjoining plots that had been merged - was priced at $2,448 per sq ft (psf). That is well above auction prices achieved for 12 vacant Sentosa Cove bungalow plots in the southern precinct where Cove Drive is located. Each plot went for between $656 and $1,039 psf in August 2006, or between $5.56 million and $8.15 million each. They do not include the construction costs. But even taking into account these costs, Dr Lim most likely has made a handsome profit from the sale. The Lim sale smashes the old record of $36 million - or $2,403 psf - paid for a 14,983 sq ft bungalow on Paradise Island in the northern part of Sentosa Cove. Mr Shen Bin, a Chinese national and Singapore permanent resident, is believed to have bought the property in May 2010. Mr Shen is said to be the son of billionaire entrepreneur Shen Wenrong, chairman of China-based steel manufacturer Shagang Group. The island experienced tepid sales volumes last year, so this latest mega-deal could revive the sector. Only 79 caveats - 24 for landed and 55 for non-landed homes - with a total value of $737.6 million were lodged with the Urban Redevelopment Authority last year. And there were only 12 new home sales last year, forcing some developers to look towards renting out completed but unsold projects. The lacklustre 2011 followed a better year when 203 caveats - 62 landed and 141 non-landed homes - with a value of $1.7 billion were lodged. With 75 caveats lodged, 2008 was the only year with lower sales volumes than 2011 since caveats started being lodged for Sentosa Cove in 2004. Dr Lim was in the limelight after she took the Singapore Medical Council (SMC), which regulates the medical profession, to court. She had wanted to block an inquiry by a second medical disciplinary committee to look into complaints of overcharging. There were allegations that she charged a member of the Brunei royal family $24.8 million for seven months of treatment and made false representations in invoices rendered to her. The patient died of cancer in 2007. Dr Lim later gave a 50 per cent discount. After losing her case in both the High Court and the Court of Appeal, she has to bear the cost of her own legal fees as well as those of the SMC. In such civil suits the losing party has to pay a part of the winning party's legal charges. This is in addition to the fees Dr Lim has to pay her own lawyers. She will also have to pay costs for both hearings.
  12. RIP Remember him as one of the greats http://m.bbc.com/sport/football/35892775?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_sport&ns_source=facebook&ns_linkname=sport
  13. I just found out my grandma has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The oncologist's prognosis is bad. They are giving her 6month max. Just had a big fight with some of the older folks. They want to send for chemo and surgery and try. I feel that it's gonna just be prolonging her pain. I would rather just let her happily leave this world in dignity rather than painful chemo in her last few months. Now they're making it out like I'm some sort of unfilial grandson that is just letting his grandmother die. Haiz. But never mind. Back to the topic at hand. Is there any other herbal remedies etc that MIGHT help? I know it's a Long shot. But I'm willing to try anything. Money is not an issue. Yesterday just bought a wild lingZhi for her. I am willing to give anything a shot. Anyone got any experience with this sort of things please let me know. Thanks in advance.
  14. If this is true, then I better stop buying their products https://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/j-j-must-pay-72-234238926.html J&J must pay $72 mln for cancer death linked to talcum powder - lawyers Johnson & Johnson Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. By Jonathan Stempel Feb 23 (Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a Missouri state jury to pay $72 million of damages to the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer was linked to her use of the company's talc-based Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for several decades. In a verdict announced late Monday night, jurors in the circuit court of St. Louis awarded the family of Jacqueline Fox $10 million of actual damages and $62 million of punitive damages, according to the family's lawyers and court records. The verdict is the first by a U.S. jury to award damages over the claims, the lawyers said. Johnson & Johnson faces claims that it, in an effort to boost sales, failed for decades to warn consumers that its talc-based products could cause cancer. About 1,000 cases have been filed in Missouri state court, and another 200 in New Jersey. Fox, who lived in Birmingham, Alabama, claimed she used Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for feminine hygiene for more than 35 years before being diagnosed three years ago with ovarian cancer. She died in October at age 62. Jurors found Johnson & Johnson liable for fraud, negligence and conspiracy, the family's lawyers said. Deliberations lasted four hours, following a three-week trial. Jere Beasley, a lawyer for Fox's family, said Johnson & Johnson "knew as far back as the 1980s of the risk," and yet resorted to "lying to the public, lying to the regulatory agencies." He spoke on a conference call with journalists. Carol Goodrich, a Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman, said: "We have no higher responsibility than the health and safety of consumers, and we are disappointed with the outcome of the trial. We sympathize with the plaintiff's family but firmly believe the safety of cosmetic talc is supported by decades of scientific evidence." Trials in several other talc lawsuits have been set for later this year, according to Danielle Mason, who also represented Fox's family at trial. In October 2013, a federal jury in Sioux Falls, South Dakota found that plaintiff Deane Berg's use of Johnson & Johnson's body powder products was a factor in her developing ovarian cancer. Nevertheless, it awarded no damages, court records show. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc now owns the Shower to Shower brand but was not a defendant in the Fox case. The case is Hogans et al v. Johnson & Johnson et al, Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis, Missouri, No. 1422-CC09012. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York. Additional reporting by Jessica Dye in New York; editing by Steve Orlofsky and Alan Crosby)
  15. Thaiyotakamli

    Singapore's cancer drug

    有得救 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/mobile/singapore/made-in-singapore-cancer/1988090.html SINGAPORE: A made-in-Singapore cancer drug is touted to be the first publicly-funded drug candidate discovered and developed in Singapore to make it to trials on humans. In a statement on Thursday (Jul 16), The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School (Duke-NUS), announced the start of the Phase I clinical trial of novel cancer drug candidate, ETC-159. The Phase I clinical trial is meant to evaluate the safety and tolerability of ETC-159 in advanced solid tumours of up to 58 patients, and the first patient was dosed on Jun 18. The first two sites for the trial are the National Cancer Centre Singapore and the National University Hospital, and sites in the US will be added as the trial progresses. The drug is expected to target a range of cancers, including colorectal, ovarian and pancreatic cancers. These cancers are linked to a group of cell signalling pathways known as Wnt signalling, which have been identified to promote cancer growth and spread, said the agencies. ETC-159 acts as an inhibitor of these pathways. "This drug candidate therefore offers a promising novel and targeted cancer therapy that could shape future cancer therapeutic strategies," said A*STAR and Duke-NUS. ETC-159 was discovered and developed through a collaboration between A*STARs Experimental Therapeutics Centre (ETC), Drug Discovery and Development (D3) unit and Duke-NUS since 2009. It was based on the discovery work of Prof David Virshup from Duke-NUS. Prof David Virshup, inaugural Director of the Programme in Cancer and Stem Cell Biology at Duke-NUS, said: As the drug candidate provides a targeted cancer therapy, it could potentially minimise side effects and make cancer treatments more bearable for cancer patients." He added: "It is fitting that Singaporeans might be the first to benefit from this Singapore-developed drug."
  16. source: http://www.tremeritus.com/2015/07/02/writ-of-possession-issued-against-man-with-terminal-cancer/ Not sure how accurate this story is .. but seems such a sad case. Sell house but cannot get money to treat his cancer. Is it that difficult to touch the CPF even if may die before reaching 65?
  17. We wish him well! PM Lee Hsien Loong diagnosed with prostate cancer, to undergo surgery on Monday http://www.straitsti...sur#xtor=CS1-10
  18. Tommisan

    The Idiot Cycle

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=dec_1368541471 If you have time to watch the film (about 90 over mins) , do it. The Idiot Cycle follows the world's largest chemical producers: Dow Chemical BASF Bayer Dupont Astrazeneca Monsanto and how these chemical companies, who manufacture and emit cancer causing chemical substances, also develop, produce and invest in cancer treatments, the most profitable disease on the planet. "Everyone should know that the 'war on cancer' is largely a fraud."
  19. Hur........... Had been using 'Colgate' brand for the past 50 over years .... Yahoo news: Colgate Total Toothpaste Includes Chemical Ingredient Linked to Cancer Colgate's top-selling toothpaste, Total, is using a chemical ingredient that has been linked to cancer-cell growth and disrupted development in animals. The antibacterial chemical, triclosan, is used in the toothpaste to fight plaque and gingivitis, according to the company. Total received the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in 1997 following the agency's rigorous process, and the toothpaste is safe, according to Colgate. However, an investigation by Bloomberg into the product found that "some of the scientific findings Colgate put forward to establish triclosan's safety in toothpaste weren't black and white". Colgate's toxicology studies on triclosan submitted to the FDA in connection with Total application had been withheld from view. The FDA released the study earlier in 2014 in response to a lawsuit over a Freedom of Information Act request. Later, the agency put the 35-page study on its website, following inquiries from Bloomberg. Three scientists who reviewed the pages at Bloomberg's request, taking into account new research on triclosan, said the FDA's approval of Total 17 years ago raises questions about whether the agency did appropriate due diligence before giving nod. They added that the approval may not validly stand in light of new research. "The pages show how even with one of the US's most stringent regulatory processes -- FDA approval of a new drug -- the government relies on company-backed science to show products are safe and effective," Bloomberg writes. The news agency noted that Colgate's studies on triclosan showed foetal bone malformations in mice and rats, but the company ignored the findings saying they were not relevant. Meanwhile, Colgate defended Total's effectiveness and safety, saying the product's approval was supported by more than 80 clinical studies involving 19,000 people. "In the nearly 18 years that Colgate Total has been on the market in the US, there has been no signal of a safety issue from adverse-event reports," Colgate spokesman Thomas DiPiazza told Bloomberg. More stories, the Link: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/colgate-total-toothpaste-includes-chemical-ingredient-linked-cancer-074918252.html#G1b6Nxk
  20. source : http://yourhealth.asiaone.com/content/terminally-ill-sporean-dad-prepared-8-time-capsules-daughter-remember-him/page/0/1 RIP to the man.
  21. Looks like the impact from the 'black heart products' has started to show in the country..... other countries may be as high, but if they never go for diagnoses and just buried after dead, it won't be reported, to them ignorant is blessing in disguise
  22. not sure also can operate meh? :huh:
  23. Mockngbrd

    Squeeze NEH NEH = Prevent CANCER!!!

    Squeezing breasts can stop cancer Squeezing breasts could prevent cancer, best study ever says 21 hrs ago Getting to second base, the holy grail for hormonal boys, is now science: New research has shown that squeezing breasts could prevent malignant breast cells from causing cancer. This doesn’t give pervy dudes license to grope you on the subway, ladies, but it does mean boob-grabbing should be a regular part of your self-care routine (yes, absolutely try it DIY-style). Experiments found that physical pressure led cells back to normal growth patterns, and that even after compression was no longer applied, the malignant cells stopped growing. Spread the word, boob-lovers of the world. [source]
  24. Hi all, Can anyone advise how long more 1 can live when diagnose with last stage liver cancer? from what i heard it has spread to the breast and suspects that it has also spread to the bones.. they are gonna run some tests again on Wednesday.
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