Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Support Group - Fundraising campaign

Understand more about our Go Green! Go Glass! Cancer Awareness Campaign 2014.
RM10 will be donated to Pink Ribbon Cancer Support Group for each water bottle sold!

However, some people might wonder, where does their donation goes to?
What is Pink Ribbon Cancer Support Group for?
How can my little donation help?

Hopefully you can have a rough idea after reading the information below. Thank you!

Psychosocial or emotional support aims to improve the quality of life for women diagnosed with 
breast cancer as well as their family members and it is a powerful platform for coping with life 
during diagnosis, treatment and beyond.

The Patient Support Team consists of breast cancer survivors who undergo training and on-going
supervision in offering psychosocial or emotional support for women diagnosed with breast cancer 

and their families.

Support is given through face to face sessions, phone calls and electronically. These support
programmes help individuals with breast cancer and their loved ones to cope with life during and

after diagnosis and treatment.
The Patient Support Team members visit newly diagnosed individuals in government and private 
hospitals regularly in the initial stages of their treatment, providing them and their family members
support to help them cope emotionally, psychologically and physically through their 
diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

On the first visit, each newly diagnosed person is given a comfy kit, consisting of a bag, a 

temporary prosthesis (if needed), a stress ball, a scarf and a arm rest pillow.

Therapeutic, social and emotional support activities are organised to help women with breast 
cancer to deal with their treatment and recovery, and eventually, to take control of their lives 
In these sessions, irrespective of educational, ethnic or social background, women with breast 

cancer are able to benefit from mutual support, fellowship and information on managing 
The Patient Support Team volunteers offer one-to-one informal educational sessions to help 
newly diagnosed women and their family members to understand and gain knowledge about 
what to expect during treatment and beyond. The sessions provide privacy and freedom for 
them to express their concerns and to ask questions on coping and managing themselves
through their breast cancer experience and making lifestyle choices. The common issues
discussed at these sessions are:
  • Fear of treatment;
  • Concerns regarding uncertainty in life;
  • Breast reconstruction;
  • Dietary issues;
  • Complementary therapies;
  • Alternative treatment;
  • Self and public image;
  • Employment concerns;
  • Financial constraints;
  • Dealing with social stigma, prejudice and discrimination related to breast cancer;
  • Logistical issues; and,
  • Communication with children.

Group Sharing Sessions
Group psychosocial support programmes are a way to provide therapeutic, social and emotional
support to help women with breast cancer and family members to deal with the impact of disease
and treatment enabling women to regain control of their lives.

These activities conducted in a safe environment reach out to women with breast cancer
irrespective of their educational, ethnic or social backgrounds and enable them to benefit from the
mutual support, fellowship, experience and the sharing of information in an informal way.

The Patient Support Team members facilitate the sessions to ensure the participants are not misled
into biased information. They are also available to attend to queries and to support women through
their fears and concerns regarding mortality, suffering, dietary concerns and lifestyle adjustment.

PROSTHESIS (artificial breast)
Pink Ribbon Cancer Support Group makes available temporary prostheses and mastectomy
bras for women who have had mastectomy (removal of the breast). The prosthesis that is
inserted into the bra on a temporary basis is designed to maintain the external appearance
of the breast and to give a boost of self-esteem to the woman.

Feather-light weight and softness of the temporary prosthesis facilitates comfort and ease
especially when the surgical wound is still sore due to surgery and during or after radiotherapy.

However, the temporary prosthesis is not ideal for long-term use as it is too light to
maintain body posture and it can cause postural and back problems in the long term.
These prostheses are designed and stitched by the members who are mostly breast cancer
survivors. They also provide training to enable other breast cancer support groups to sew
their own prostheses.

Pink Ribbon Cancer Support Group staff offers advice on the modification of pre-existing bras
and the fitting of prosthesis and bra. While the temporary prostheses are given free, the
mastectomy bra are sold at affordable prices and offered for free to the needy.

Women with breast cancer who undergo chemotherapy may lose their hair temporarily due
to the side effects of the treatment. To ease the burden of additional expenses for these
women, hair shaving and styling of wigs by professional hairstylist and loan of wigs are given
to them at no cost.

Pink Ribbon Cancer Support Group staff members are available to assist them to find
the most appropriate wig to suit them. Once the suitable wig is chosen, the staff members
will bring the women with breast cancer to our professional hairstylist for hair shaving and
wig styling so that the wig will look natural. Advice on maintenance of the wigs is also given.

Women walk away wearing a wig, feeling relived and looking good. Due to wear and tear,
the wigs are regularly replenished to ensure that they are in good condition when given to the

The extensive, on-going public education and awareness programmes conducted by Pink 
Ribbon Cancer Support Group  aims to change public perception, attitude, behaviour and 
action concerning breast health.

The message cannot be emphasized enough, that early detection and timely medical treatment 

of breast cancer are crucial in increasing the chances of preventing premature deaths. 
The support group continues to hold exhibitions, talks and workshops that are conducted
in different languages to educate the public on breast health awareness.
Specific topics are covered during these public educational and awareness programmes 

such as:-

- Methods
 of early detection of breast cancer including mammogram, clinical breast 
examination and breast self-examination;
- Benefits of early detection and time medical treatment including testimonies given by breast 
cancer survivors;- Adopting an energy-balanced lifestyle at a young age to prevent 
non-communicable diseases including cancers. 

This support group will need funding to maintain their services for all year round. 
All breast cancer survivors in the hospital will be receiving a goodies bag which includes 
prosthesis, arm rest pillow, stress ball and a scarf for free. In every October, during the 
Breast Cancer Awareness Month, all these goodies bags will be distributed to all general
hospitals in Kuching, Bintulu, Miri and Sibu, Sarawak.

Do not be little to your small sum of donation and never 
get tired of doing little things for others, sometimes those 
little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts!

"Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. - Howard Zinn"

1 comment:

  1. Breast Cancer Support is a UK wide charity providing care, and helping breast cancer patients around the world who can't afford medication or treatment.


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