In 2014, Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Klang (HTAR) and Cancer Research Malaysia integrated Patient Navigation Programme (PNP) in the management of Breast Cancer patients. This was a pilot programme with the aim to overcome barriers faced by patient in the continuum of care. Recognizing the importance of the programme the hospital allocated a meeting room, now known as the Pink Ribbon Centre (PRC), as the location for the hospital-based navigation.
In this centre alone, in 2015, the total referrals of those highly suspicious of breast cancer stood at 1,034. The programme successfully navigated 669 breast cancer patients and recorded a total of 7,585 registered visit to PRC. Cancer Research Malaysia working together with the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) hospital to replicate the similar demonstration to other MOH hospital.
Through our collaborative efforts, in 2019, we have successfully launched and completed all the work in expanding the programmes to other centres in Hospital Queen Elizabeth 2, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar, Seremban & Hospital Umum, Kuching, Sarawak in the hope to improve Malaysian survivorship of breast cancer.