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Radiation, Chemoimmunotherapy and Your Heart

Radiation, Chemoimmunotherapy and Your Heart As a clinical oncologist and radiotherapist, I am indeed privileged to be working in a multi-disciplinary hospital that is well-supported by various clinical specialties. Even though cancer rarely originates from the heart, advanced cancers often spread to the heart lining (pericardium) and result in fluid collection surrounding the heart, which is also known as pericardial effusion. This will affect the normal heart pumping mechanism and lead to...

Cardiac Arrhythmia – facts, myths and other burning questions

Cardiac Arrhythmia - facts, myths and other burning questions  What is cardiac arrhythmia? This is the medical term used to describe problems with the heart beat or heart rhythm. There is a complex network of electrical circuits/wires within our hearts which are responsible for controlling our heart beat. Cardiac arrhythmia is caused by abnormal electrical activity of these wires and depending on the type of arrhythmia, it can result in abnormally fast,...

Haze Attack

Ways to Protect Yourself during the Haze Attack  Recently, the newspapers have been repeatedly reporting that air quality in Peninsular Malaysia has reached an unhealthy level, with the highest air pollutant index (API) reading recorded especially in the Northern regions . Meanwhile, the haze in Sarawak has  worsen with many hot spots  detected. The returned of the haze attack has directly affected our daily activities and is set to worsen with hotter...

Hand Foot And Mouth Disease

What is Hand Foot and Mouth Disease? Hand, foot and mouth disease is a viral infection that commonly affects children younger than 5 years old. However, sometimes, it can also be seen in adults. These children are commonly present with fever, rashes in the hand and feet and mouth ulcers.   What causes Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease? It is caused by a virus group known as Enteroviruses. The other viruses in this group...

Prevention Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer is the fourth leading cause of female cancer among female in the world and is the second most common cancer in women aged 15 to 44 years. In Malaysia, cervical cancer is in the top five most common female cancers; and second most common in women aged 15 to 44 years. A large majority (around 85%) of the global burden occurs in the less developed regions, where it...