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Update posted by Tan Pin Feng On Jan 05, 2020

With a heavy heart, I would like to share the final update for friends and family who has followed and helped us on my aunt's journey to fight breast cancer.

Unfortunately, my aunt has lost her fight on 4th November. We are sad but grateful to all for your support in the past couple of months. Thank you all so much.

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Update posted by Tan Pin Feng On Aug 21, 2019

Dear all,

We are sorry for the extremely late updates. We have been actively trying to get updates from the extended family but there was a lot of difficulty trying to get follow-up diagnosis in Indonesia so my aunt was brought to Malaysia last week (13th August) to get a diagnosis instead.

Images of cell taken from her breast for testing


Diagnosis: She is confirmed to have stage 3 breast cancer.

Payment slips:

Payment made for diagnosis in RM

Payment made for medication in RM

Medication provided in the meantime

The amount of money used for the diagnosis in Malaysia costs approximately Sgd $430 / Rupiah $4,400,000.

My aunt's children have discussed the costs with the specialist doctor but is advised that they should continue the treatment in Indonesia instead for convenience and money.

1. Costs - Treatment costs are not subsidized for foreigners. It is calculated that the treatment costs in Malaysia would be more than what it would be in Indonesia.

2. Foreign land - They do not have any accommodations there while getting treatment in Malaysia. Which means they have to travel back and forth which is very inconvenient for my aunt.

Sad to say, whether the treatments in Indonesia would continue to be effective for my aunt (as proven by their professionalism and efficiency in the recent months), it is the best that we can do for her now. We still hope to get more donations so that they can fund for the treatments. The hospital requires upfront payment before any treatment can be done.

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Also we like to thank our friends and family for the word-of-mouth to get donations from outside our circle. We appreciate your kindness and effort to help.

Thank you Mr Matthew Soh, Ms Claudine Tan and Mr Teo Cheng Kiat for your generosity. We have received it but I would like to apologize for not being able to thank each of you personally. Thank you for making a difference.

Once again, we are sorry for the late updates. We will try to update as soon as we get any new information. If you would like to get updates from me personally, do contact me @82010109 or through my email at [email protected]

Thank you.



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Update posted by Tan Pin Feng On Jul 07, 2019

This was my aunt's current lab results done last month. As the lab results were not translated directly to us, we had to pick up bits and pieces of information while being careful to not mis-convey any information.

What was translated by us:

The carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) test is a blood test that tests for the amount of CEA found in the body that can be produced by certain cancers - one of which is breast cancer. But this test alone cannot give definitive results of the presence of cancer because elevated levels of CEA may be observed in smokers and from other determining factors. My aunt has levels of CEA of 10.7 ng/mL. (Recommended to be <=5ng/mL).

The second test done is the cancer antigen (CA) 15-3 test used to monitor the number of breast cancer cells in the body in response to treatment. It can also give a general sense of how much cancer cells may be present. The higher the CA 15-3 level, the larger amount of cancer is determined to be present. My aunt has levels of CA 15-3 of 290U/mL. (Recommended to be <=31.3U/mL)

Under keterangan (information), it is translated that the results of examination with different methods cannot be compared with each other. The results also cannot be determined that the tumor is non-benign/malignant.

What the doctor told us: They are diagnosing it as breast cancer with the stage unknown. Further tests are to be done.

Update: Currently, we are still looking into the treatment costs required in Singapore/Indonesia.

We would like to thank the people that have given your support to us and our families and also for your kind donations.


References:-
https://www.healthline.com/health/cea
https://labtestsonline.org/tests/ca-15-3

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really hope your aunt gets better. have hope :) !!

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