Did you know?Cancer has been found to be the fourth most common cause of death in Malaysia which has been mentioned by the Health Ministry in its latest report .It was revealed that cancer is responsible for 12.6 percent of all deaths in government hospital but the rate was more than doubled in private hospitals, at 26.7 percent. The most common cancer among Malaysians are lung, trachea and bronchus, female breast, colorectal, nasopharynx, prostate, brain and nervous systems, stomach, liver, cervix uteri, ovary, corpus uteri, thyroid, pancreas, leukaemia and lymphoma. Being diagnosed with cancer is not something to be taken lightly and not forgetting bout the impact caused on the patient as well as their family members.
During the weekend I attended the International Conference on Integrated Cancer Treatment which was held by Taiwan’s largest medical center, the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital (CGMH) at Penang’s Bayview Hotel. The conference had more than one hundred attendees which includes medical professionals, academics, business owners, Taiwanese alumni and members of the public who joined the panel in a detailed discussion on lung, brain and liver cancer as well as experience sharing.
The International Conference on Integrated Cancer Treatment based on the “One Country, One Center” plan under Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy was organised by CGMH and co-organised by TAITRA in corporation with two of Penang’s outstanding medical institutions; the Island Hospital and Lam Wah Ee Hospital. According to the Vice Dean of Chiayi CGMH,Prof. Lu Sheng Nan, the exchange received an overwhelming support from Penang’s medical professionals, which greatly boosted his confidence in deepening overseas collaborations with the Taiwanese medical professionals. The meaningful interactions between the Taiwanese and Malaysian medical industry players have set the stage for a greater degree of corporation for the future.
CGMH has been working hard to develop a good working relationship between Taiwan and Malaysia starting with the signing of a memorandum of cooperation with many Malaysian hospitals at the beginning of this year. In the months that follow, CGMH donated medical equipment and also has provided training for many Malaysian medical professionals. In July this year, CGMH also invited delegates from Penang’s Parkway Pantai Medical Group to Taiwan for a study visit about the use of medical information systems. Prof. Liu Hui Ping, Dept. of Cardiothoracic surgery, CGMH, Linkou led a team of ten delegates to Penang for the conference to detail their experiences and knowledge regarding the treatment of three major areas: lung, brain and liver cancer. Joining Prof. Liu & Prof. Lu at the conference were other distinguished medical experts from Taiwan including Dr. Wang Chun Chieh, Vice Chief of Dept. of Proton and Radiation Therapy Center, CGMH, Linkou; and Prof. Lu Sheng Nan, the Vice Dean of Chiayi Chang Gung Memorial Hospital who shared their insights on the latest techniques for the treatment of the three cancers; and Dr. Huang Eng Yen, Chief of Dept. of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, CGMH, Kaohsiung who discussed the highly advanced Proton Therapy. Dr. Saw Min Hong from Island Hospital and Dr. Chan Jun Yeen from Lam Wah Ee Hospital were invited to speak about the standard treatment for lung and brain cancer in Malaysia. It is hoped that the exchange of ideas between Taiwan and Malaysia will lead to greater understanding and progress to provide patients with better medical care.
(From Left to Right):
1. Dato Lee Hung Lung
President of Penang Taipei Investors’ Association in Malaysia
2. Dr. Huang Eng Yen
Chief of Dept. of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, CGMH, Kaohsiung
3. Prof. Lu Sheng-Nan,
Vice dean of Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chiayi,
Who is also the clinical professor in the Division of Hepato-Gastroenterology
4. Dr. Goh Kok Yeong
Chief Operating Officer of Island Hospital
5. Dr. Saw Min Hong
Consultant Haemato- Oncology of Island Hospital
6. Prof. Liu Hui Ping
Dept. of Cardiothoracic surgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Linkou
7. Dr. Wang Chun Chieh
Vice Chief of Dept. of Proton and Radiation Therapy Center CGMH, Linkou
8. Mr Lim Pun Seong
9. Miss Helen Lim
10. Mr. Khor Kheng Kooi
Treasurer of Penang Alumni Association of Taiwan Universities & Colleges
During the conference, a few Malaysian patients were invited to share their experience about receiving treatment from CGMH's medical team. The main objective of the organizer is to hope that the stories of these survivors will be able to inspire others who are battling with cancer. Other than that, six companies from Taiwan also showcased their innovative medical equipment and technologies, including the Clinical Information System (CIS), the above mentioned HIS as well as healthcare management systems from Maya International; Bionime Corporation showcased its Rightest Blood Glucose System; Smart eCare Inc. presented its smart medical care solution; Medimaging Integrated Solution Inc. showcased its Horus digital diagnostic set；Orient EuroPharma introduced its anti-cancer drugs with the hope of bringing more vibrancy to the development of the Malaysian medical industry.
If you would like to know more about Chang Gung Memorial Hospital (CGMH) or about the treatments they have to offer, feel free to contact the Taiwan Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur. You might be able to help someone you know who's battling with this deadly disease.
Taiwan Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur
Suite 20.01, Level 20, Wisma Goldhill
67, Jalan Raja Chulan, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
TEL: +603-20312388/ 20316388