Patient Navigation
Malaysia has the worst survival of breast cancer in the Asia Pacific, with only 49% of patients having 5-year survival year (as compared to 80% in Singapore and 92% in Korea). A major reason for this is late presentation and poor adherence to evidence-based treatment.
Studies in psychosocial factors show that fear, poor health education, and lack of empowerment among Malaysians are major reasons why they delay or default treatment. In order to address these challenges, CRM identified the patient navigation programme as a potential community-based solution to improve the Malaysian survivorship of breast cancer.
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