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“Sam Ho was referred to Singapore Cancer Society by a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse. He shares on how he was able to cope well with cancer diagnosis and treatment. 

Sam Ho SCS Prostate Cancer Survivorship Programme Beneficiaryr

 

Sam Ho was in a state of shock when he received his diagnosis result. He said, “Being told that your biopsy results show that you have cancer is one of the worst news once can receive. All kinds of thoughts will flash through your mind. I had to do more tests and scans to find out the stage of the cancer. I had to make quick decisions. It was so stressful going through all this 2 years back.”

After his diagnosis Sam realised how little he knew about cancer. A Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse shared with him about Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) and the SCS Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing Programme.

SCS collaborates with local hospitals to establish the SCS Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing Programme to enhance support and care for patients throughout their cancer journey. The programme is to ensure that Prostate Cancer patients in healthcare settings are provided with appropriate resources to ensure timely delivery of care, enhance the delivery of optimum care and address their psychological needs through community outreach to improve their quality of life.

The SCS Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse also refers prostate cancer patients for immersion into SCS services, programmes (welfare aid, psychosocial support), The Man Plan Exercise Programme (a resistance exercise programme designed specifically for prostate cancer patients) and SCS Walnut Warriors cancer support group.

Sam said, “The nurse gave useful information on what to expect pre, during and post-surgery. She taught me how to do the Kegler exercises and provided her mobile number to me to contact/text her as and when needed. She visited to check on me in the ward after surgery. She also conduct pre and post-surgery survey on my overall well-being. She introduced me to the SCS Walnut Warriors Support Group.” Sam also added, “I am thankful for the initiatives of SCS in supporting this programme at the hospitals. This initiative supports newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients with adequate information. This has helped me cope with minor issues that may have previously led to unnecessary clinic or emergency department visits. This has given much hope and peace to all patients in their time need.”

Over the two years he has been active in the SCS Walnut Warriors Support Group and even attended a training to be certified as a SCS Patient Ambassador.

When asked what his message for newly diagnosed patients is, he replied, “To all the patients, do be open to the help and opportunities made available. You and your care-giver deserves all the support. You do not need to go through this trying journey alone.”

About the SCS Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing Programme

SCS Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing Programme ensures the development of a “holistic model of care” for Prostate Cancer patients by providing them with the appropriate resources to ensure and enhance timely delivery of optimum care and address their psychosocial needs through community outreach, education, SCS Support Groups and intervention.

For more information on the SCS Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing Programme email supportgroup@singaporecancersociety.org.sg

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