Penyayang Pesakit Kanser (PPK) was launched on 19th of March, 2004 at Putrajaya Hospital by YABhg. Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood, the late wife of the then Prime Minister of Malaysia.Penyayang Pesakit Kanser operates under a committee of selected individuals concerned with the well being of cancer patients. Nori Abdullah, daughter of the Prime Minister, co-chairs the committee with Director of Putrajaya Hospital.
While the establishment of the committee was initiated by Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia (better known simply as PENYAYANG), the charity foundation of which the late Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood was Chairman, many individual and corporate citizens have since contributed to the cause championed by Penyayang Pensakit Kanser.
Penyayang & Putrajaya Hospital: A Fruitful Collaboration
The late Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood had personal experience of the suffering and issues of the sick. Given this concern, Penyayang held discussions with various parties to explore ways in which it could further its efforts in fighting cancer. This eventually led to a collaboration between Putrajaya Hospital and PENYAYANG.
This relationship has provided a means through which Penyayang Pesakit Kanser (literally means Cancer Patient Caring Group) will continue to serve cancer patients. Through this group, PENYAYANG aims to provide support for cancer patients, and importantly their families as well.
Provision of Chemo ports
For patients who cannot afford chemo ports, PENYAYANG pays for the cost of the chemo ports, while doctors provide all the surgical support
throught the facilities already available at Putrajaya Hospital.
A free counselling service is provided by doctors and by volunteers who are cancer patients/survivors at Putrajaya Hospital. PENYAYANG
supervises these activities.
Lymphedema Workshops and Seminars
PENYAYANG is in the process of organising workshops and seminars on lymphedema.
This is a kit which is made available to patients who have had a mastectomy. Upon discharge from the hospital, the patient can benefit from Comfort-Aide which provides post surgery support and comfort.
Positive Image Centre
The Cancer Support Service Centre for a “Positive Image” sells items required by cancer patients at a subsidised rate and below market prices. Items sold at this shop include prostheses, support wear, wigs and swimwear. These are aids in the resumption of as normal life as possible during and after the battle against cancer.