First National Breast Cancer Support Conference 9-11 Jan 2004
What a successful conference this was, attended by over 200 participants made up of breast cancer survivors, allied healthcare workers (such as doctors and nurses) as well as volunteer. This is indeed a great way to start the year for many as they sat through lectures related to supporting, managing and even treating and diagnosing breast cancer and its complications. The psychosocial aspects, cultural sensitivities, advocacy issues and fund raising project management were addressed. In addition, there were “active” round table discussions on insurance and insurability of someone with breast cancer, career women with breast cancer (Why stop working?), SOCSO claims, self management in the golden years, all sessions of which were well attended.
In fact, in the closing session on Sunday 11 Jan 2004, there were still many in the audience at 4.30pm. Obviously, the participants enjoyed this conference and as overheard, they had learnt a lot from it. Syabas to the organizers, the Breast Cancer Welfare Association based in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
More from the Conference!
|Associate Professor Dr Jeff Dunn is Executive Director of Queensland Cancer Fund in Australia. He holds a Ph. D in Sociology and serves on various International Union Against Cancer (UICC) and Cancer Council Australia advisory groups. He spoke on Supportive Care for Women with Breast Cancer as well as Managing Fund Raising Projects.|
There was a good number of participants from all over Malaysia in this first National Breast Cancer Support Conference. A section of the audience is shown.
|Round Table discussion on insurance coverage – How secure is a breast cancer survivor? Representatives from Alliance Life Insurance (M) Sdn Bhd were on hand to answer queries and listen to the problems faced by breast cancer survivors.|
|Another round table discussion on Socso claims for the breast cancer patient. Dr Mohd Azman (standing) from SOCSO was the facilitator for this discussion.|
|Ladies in rapt attention in the group discussion on The Career Woman: Why stop working?|
|From L to R: Fay Ling, Lynn and Jeannie of the Breast Cancer Welfare Association obviously enjoying their tea. |
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