Voices

Doctor’s support helped family through difficult time

From

Tan Sock Ngor

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Published: 4:02 AM, July 6, 2013

My mother was diagnosed last year with colorectal cancer and was admitted to Singapore General Hospital. After surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, her cancer cells were cleared.

Her doctor, Associate Professor Simon Ong from the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS), was caring and responsible from day one. Unfortunately, since December, my mother has been in and out of hospital with a series of illnesses that have nothing to do with cancer.

Assoc Prof Ong has made the effort to arrange for specialists to attend to my mother and for the doctor to call and update my family on her condition.

My mother is now in the high dependency ward, and Assoc Prof Ong has called us occasionally when we had queries after different doctors gave us information. He also arranged for a doctor to talk to us and clear up our doubts.

Assoc Prof Ong attended the meeting even though my mother is not an NCCS patient. When my family was at a loss about what to do, he gave us some options.

We wish to express our heartfelt appreciation for his kindness and care, which we will never forget.

We are uncertain about what will happen to our mother eventually, but we are comforted to know that with his assistance, she has received the best care available. His sensitivity and support has helped us through a difficult time.

I also thank the nurses and doctors in SGH ward 45, the Intensive Care Unit.