At NCCS we are privileged to meet cancer patients who share their touching stories with us. We are constantly inspired by the bravery, strength and resilience our patients show. We want to share some of their stories with you.
We hope that if you are a cancer patient these stories will provide you with reassurance and hope for the future. And for those who are considering helping us by donating or fundraising, hopefully these stories will give you a flavor of the vital work our medical professionals and scientists do here at NCCS.
Meet our Survivors
In September 2016, a routine mammogram detected an early stage but aggressive breast cancer called HER2 positive breast cancer. Upon successful surgery, Daphne was advised to undergo chemotherapy to reduce the risk of cancer recurrence.Daphne continues to maintain an admirably positive outlook in life. With absolutely no side effects of chemotherapy lingering, Daphne knows the odds are with her in not only beating the cancer but living well in the years ahead.
Chang Teck was only 13 when he was given the devastating news by a doctor – he had skin cancer. He recovered after treatment. When Chang Teck was 20 years old and just about to enlist into national service, he was told that the same cancers had returned.Chang Teck is an avid runner and continued to compete in marathons while he was battling cancer. He even competed in the 100km Sundown Ultra Marathon.
In 2014, Hashimah was confirmed to be diagnosed with HER2 breast cancer even though her family has no history of cancer. She is thankful to the doctors for making the whole treatment process faster for her as they had recommended that she underwent chemotherapy first to shrink the tumour, followed by a lumpectomy, and radiation.
This year marks the thirteenth year since his first diagnosis of stage four prostate cancer. Sng Tiang Kee is a model of confident optimism even when afflicted with cancer. He is a proud grandfather of four, coaches badminton, picked up playing the ukulele in recent years, and is even a 2017 Run for Hope Ambassador.
When Melvin’s wife died at the age of 36, he made a donation to support research into rare and genetic cancers to help others facing similar diseases.Melvin hopes to do more to honour his wife’s memory and keep alive her kind and generous spirit.
Hui Min was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer, in her left knee when she was just 16 years old. She has been through painful ordeals like operations and chemotherapy sessions. The pain and loss of her left knee has not turned her off her childhood ambition of working in healthcare and helping others, she is now a healthcare student.
When Peng Yang was just 18 years old, he was diagnosed with a type of leukaemia that was more common in the elderly. Battling this disease kick-started Peng Yang’s interest in cancer research. He’s hoping to make a difference to others struggling with cancer.
Cayden was first diagnosed in 2010. During a health check-up in 2014, doctors found two more tumours – one of his left urinary tract and another on his bladder. After facing two battles with cancer, Cayden has since learnt how to be present in the moment with his family, especially when spending family time with his daughters.
Yassin beat cancer once when he was diagnosed in 2012 with thyroid cancer. He was declared cancer free after surgery. Following a check-up, he received a diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer.
‘We are extremely grateful to Mr Yassin for his support of the Make More Survivors campaign. Sadly Mr Yassin has now passed on, but he fought cancer twice and his story of every day survival and bravery has inspired us all. We continue to raise funds to Make More Survivors in honour of his memory.’
Philanthropic gifts ensure that future generations will continue to benefit from even better medical care and improved quality of life. Philanthropic gifts ensure that future generations will continue to be Philanthropic gifts ensure that future generations will continue to be
- Jose Baselga, Physician-in-Chief and Chief Medical Officer
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