Clinical Research

Cancer and Radiosurgery Centre

Since 2001, CRC has been dedicated to providing full cancer care services to the community. The goal of CRC is to transform the quality of life for cancer patients by delivering superior patient care through a collaboration of exceptional oncologists, experienced staff and innovative technologies within a multi-disciplinary and an interactive environment.

CRC services extend beyond the conventional management of cancer. We believe that understanding cancer is not only about screening, diagnosing and treating the disease. That is why at CRC we provide support and education to patients, their families and the public through various support groups and individual counselling sessions.

SJMC together with its research arm, Cancer Research Initiatives Foundations (CARIF) are strong advocates of breast cancer awareness. Both have a long standing collaboration with the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) towards various educational programmes and events. The principal aim of CARIF is to consistently conduct high quality research with the objectives of improving patient survival and prevention of this disease.

References:

  1. World Health Organisation. GLOBOCAN 2012: Country Fast Stat: Malaysia. Available at http://globocan.iarc.fr/old/factsheet.asp. Accessed in April 2015.
  2. World Health Organisation. Fact Sheet: Cancer. Available at http://www.who.int/mediacentre
    /factsheets/fs297/en/.
    Accessed in April 2015.
  3. Foot C, Harrison T. How to improve cancer survival: Explaining England’s relatively poor rates. Cancer Research UK. June 2011.

Research Article

Breast Cancer Survival at a Leading Cancer Centre in Malaysia

Cancer is a leading cause of death in the world, and a widening disparity has emerged between developed and developing countries. GLOBOCAN12 recently reported high cancer mortality in Malaysia, a developing country, suggesting its cancer health services is under-performing though there are likely individual centres of excellence such as the Subang Jaya Medical Centre, Malaysia (SJMC).

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SJMC’s healthcare performance measurement for breast cancer services

Cancer is a leading cause of death in the world, and a widening disparity has emerged between developed and developing countries. GLOBOCAN 2012 reported high cancer mortality in Malaysia, suggesting its cancer health services are under-performing though there are likely individual centres of excellence. This report focuses on Subang Jaya Medical Centre’s (SJMC) care performance as measured by breast cancer patient survival outcomes for up to five years.

The scourge of cancer

Thirty eight million people worldwide are killed due to noncommunicable diseases yearly, with cancers being the second most common cause of death (8.2 million). In 2012, there were 14.1 million new cases of cancer and 32.6 million people living with cancer within five years of diagnosis.

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Cancer survival: Life regained

The global action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (Global NCD Action Plan) was adopted at the 66th World Health Assembly in May 2013, which included a set of nine voluntary global targets. The first of the nine targets that are to be attained by the year 2025 is to have a relative reduction of 25% in the overall mortality from cardiovascular disease, cancers, diabetes, or chronic respiratory diseases. Though modifying and avoiding key risk factors could prevent more than 30% of cancer deaths, mortality from cancer can be further reduced if cases are detected and treated early.

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Study shows SJMC Cancer and Radiosurgery Centre as world class

Patient survival outcome is a key measurement in determining the overall effectiveness of health services in the management of patients with cancer (healthcare performance).

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