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    Question: How do I become an Oncology Specialist?
Answer: Malaysia tends to follow the UK system. In Malaysia one has to get a job in an Oncology unit and prepare and sit for the FRCR (UK) exams, organised by oneself, or apply for the Masters in Oncology course run by University Malaya. Usually it is preferred that the trainees have a few years experience as a medical officer (especially...
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    Question: I am looking for a specialist in Oncology, can you recommend someone?
Answer: We cannot recommend specific names of doctors or centres, as we have to remain impartial. Please see the list of cancer specialist centres in our website at and contact the centre that is most convenient for you.
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    Question: My mother has had breast cancer for more than a year. The cancer has spread to the bones, is it serious?
Answer: You will need to discuss this matter with an oncologist. Your mother will require to undergo some tests called staging investigations to see whether the cancer has spread to any
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    Question: I am under remission from cancer. Please advise what food I should consume or avoid?
Answer: No special diet is required. Just take a proportional and healthy diet that is adequate.
You may seek further advice in the HOPE Handbooks published by the Malaysian Oncological Society. The hard copies are out of stock, but you can read the full content and download the
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    Question: Is cancer inherited?
Answer: Only about 10 per cent of cancers can be inherited. Even if you are unfortunate enough to have parents afflicted with this subset of cancer, you may still not get cancer. Remember, you inherit the risk, not the cancer. What you really need is counselling and
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    Question: Isn't cancer a very painful disease?
Answer: Cancer can be very painful, especially if cancer tissues directly infiltrate bones and nerves. However, this is not inevitable. More important is knowing that pain management has
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    Question: Is cancer contagious?
Answer: The simple answer is no. You cannot 'catch' cancer from a patient by touching him or by sharing his utensils and personal effects. Cancer is not spread by air, water, injections and
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    Question: I have known people with good lifestyles who get cancer. Why does this happen?
Answer: It is not uncommon to see people with good lifestyles (without any predisposing factors) getting cancers.Honestly, we are still in the process of finding out the causes of cancer. Probably, it may not be one factor, but a multitude of factors involved in the causation of
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HOPE handbook A Resource Guidebook for Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients
HOPE Handbook

HOPE handbook 2 A Guide for Cancer Caregivers
HOPE Handbook 2
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