MIMIE: Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou Gave Me a Second Life*

MIMIE said, “Defeating cancer is based on the belief in the doctor and hospital.” MIMIE ABUTIN, from the Philippines, enjoyed her simple, peaceful and happy life before 52 years old. With a good husband who loved her deeply, filial children, and lovely grandchildren, she was proud of her warm and happy family. Every day, she was busy in taking care of her elderly mother and young grandchildren, and doing all the daily chores. She was quite content with all of these. 

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In February, 2015, MIMIE occasionally found a 2cm lump with size of 2cm in her right breast and was diagnosed withbreast cancer by the local doctor. On hearing this news, she was depressed, desperate and scared. After encouraged and soothed by her family, she became strong and accepted the fact bravely. The local doctor advised her to take mastectomy and chemotherapy. However, considering the pain of chemotherapy, MIMIE refused it. And then, the doctor recommended her St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou because of its minimally invasive therapy which has advantages of smaller trauma, less pain etc. Meanwhile, her neighbor who got the same cancer and had received treatment in St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou with good therapeutic effect also recommended her the hospital. So, she decided to go to Guangzhou for treatment.

 On March 17, 2015, MIMIE and her husband came to St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou for the first time of treatment. After a series of checks, MIMIE was told that the tumor had grown to 3cm. Professional MDT (Multidisciplinary Team) made a plan of natural therapy and interventional therapy. But, MIMIE felt worried and was afraid of treatment failure. With doctor’s detailed explanation and encouragement, MIMIE finally got the courage to take the treatment. After a session of natural therapy and two sessions of interventional therapies, the tumor shrank to 1.03cm quickly.Knowing that, MIMIE became confident about the next treatment.

 In order to completely clear the tumor and avoid recurrence and metastasis, the doctor advised her to take excision surgery. MIMIE and her family agreed. What’s more, the tumor and the related tissues were successfully eliminated after the surgery. And then she took another three sessions of interventional therapy. MIMIE said, “During the process of interventional therapy, I was nervous, but I became relaxed when finding that it’s not so painful. After the therapy, there were no side effects. I felt comfortable. It was really minimally invasive!” MIMIE’s husband told us that it was by then her fourth time to come to the hospital. And the test result showed that the tumor had been completely eliminated and her wife was in a stable condition.

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The couple and the attending doctor

Their families were glad and felt grateful for this. MIMIE said, “I feel comfortable in St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou. The doctors, nurses, translators are so nice here.” Her husband said, “St.Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou makes us feel like at home. The doctors here response quickly and pay high attention to my wife’s medical condition. They never waste time, and they give the best and the most suitable treatment to my wife. During the treatment, they always discuss about the condition with us. We are so grateful for them.” MIMIE and her husband spoke highly of the technology of St.Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou. Her husband said, “The technology here is advanced. In the Philippines, the hospital may have the same procedures like this, but St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou is more advanced and high-tech.” In the end of the interview, MIMIE and her husband shared their feelings of this anticancer experience. Her husband said that cancer happened unexpectedly. Although it greatly struck them, they did not give up. The most they got was family unity. All the families and friends got together to support and encourage MIMIE, which touched them the most. And he expressed that he would seize their second chance that was given by St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou to give MIMIE a better life. Additionally, MIMIE shared her wishes that, she could go home immediately and live a simple and happy life with her beloved families as before. And we all gave her our best wishes.

*Surgery, in addition to the appropriate chemotherapy and radiotherapy, are effective in treating early cancer, but certain patients in late stage of cancer may not be tolerate surgery well as they can be relatively weak. A combination of carefully planned minimally invasive therapy, chemotherapy or radiotherapy can effectively reduce the side effects and discomfort of treatment and may help patient get better efficacy.

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