SALWANA MOHD DADIRI was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in October 2017. She is fighting her disease. She is mother of 6 lovely children.
“I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in October 2017. I had persistent itch on my right breast nipple.”
My name is Salwana Mohd Dadiri, better known as Anna or Salwa among friends and relatives.
I am 51 years old and residing in Johor Bahru, down south of Malaysia. I am blessed with 6 children, all girls. I have been a full time housewife after having my 4th child in 1995.
I am a breast cancer patient. I was first diagnosed with cancer back in August 2017. I went through a series of check-ups which included biopsy, mammogram and ultrasound in September 2017.
Results from the checkups indicated that I had a lump on my right breast after which the Specialist recommended that I go through lumpectomy surgery to remove the lump in October 2017.
Result from the lumpectomy surgery in November 2017 confirmed cancerous cells after which the Specialist suggested that I need to go for mastectomy to remove the whole infected right breast together with 19 lymph nodes which was subsequently done in December 2017.
After the surgery, I was referred to the Oncologist in February 2018 who had diagnosed that I had Stage 1 Grade 1 cancer with Her-2 positive. Even though it was Stage 1, but my Her-2 positive with Ki67 proliferative index reading reached 70%.
In view of the diagnosis, the Oncologist subsequently suggested that I need to go through chemotherapy with the following medications:
Doxatexel- 6 cycles, Carboplatin- 6 cycles, Herceptin- 17 cycles
The chemotherapy cycle was once every 3 weeks.
Unfortunately the local General Hospital is unable to supply the Herceptin medication. I was advised to personally purchase the Herceptin from the registered pharmacy.
Currently I still undergoing treatment. I have completed 6 cycles of Doxatexel and Carboplatin Chemo and 11 cycles of Herceptin.”
Motivation to fight cancer
“My family is my motivation. I have 6 kids and I want to live longer to watch my grandkids growing.”
I have to buy my own targeted chemo medication which cost RM7300 for every 3 weeks once. I have to complete 17 cycles as prescribed.”
Message to other cancer patients
“NEVER GIVE UP!”