KOTA KINABALU – Beacon International Specialist Centre (BISC) in collaboration with Sabah Council of Social Services (MPMS) is according hope to impoverished cancer patients.
Last year, BISC has joined hands with the Sabah Council of Social Services (MPMS) for a corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme in an effort to help those who suffer from these ailments.
The programme have an allocation RM2 million to go towards Cyberknife radiosurgery treatment by using a robotic system based machine on radiation therapy.
In a Cancer Myth and Facts Seminar organized by Befriender Sabah last night, BISC medical director Dato Dr Ibrahim A. Wahid said only 10 per cent out of the fund has been used.
“There are still 90 per cent of the funds left to spend on potential patients that will be treated at BISC,” he said.
He explained that the treatment provides a pain-free, non-surgical alternative for patients who have surgically complex tumors.
“We in Malaysia are very fortunate to have good cancer facilities and specialist. We now have more effective options with the improvement of science and technology such as targeted chemotherapy and cyberknife surgery available in the BISC,”he added.
The cyberknife radiosurgery is one of the first treatments available in the country and it can effectively treat cancers that are difficult to remove by conventional surgery.
Ibrahim referred the treatment as a sniper targeting on its prey and it doesn’t required any knife to perform the treatment.
“There is no need to undergo any surgical process. It is painless, convenient and patients do not need to stay in the hospital,” he said.
According to Ibrahim more than 1,300 cases have been treated using the Cyberknife technology.
“In Sabah most cancer cases or about 70 percent are of brain related cancer while 30 percent are from body related cancer cases. In the case of results, 95 percent are successful,” he said.
He also stated that the treatment is convenient for the patients as they do not have to stay in the hospital.
“All they need to do is come for the treatment followed by check-ups with the doctor and afterward they are free to go back home,” he explained.
“There are certain criteria for patients who want to apply for the programme, one of the criteria is the patients must be genuinely poor. For airfare and accommodation chargers it will be sponsored by the MPMS, “he said.
BISC also provides a free cancer clinic for Sabahan once in two months.
“Specialist from BISC has held talks and seminar in cancer for the people around Sabah and we also provide free consultations for cancer patients at the Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) in Kota Kinabalu to spread awareness about this programme,” he said.
The next session for the free cancer clinic is scheduled for April 11, at the Urban Transformation Centre (UTC), Kota Kinabalu. The public can book their appointment with BISC expert oncologist Dato Dr Ibrahim A. Wahid. Call BISC for further details. – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah