Wong Kuan Sing
President of Prostate Cancer Society Malaysia (PCSM), Together Against Cancer Association Malaysia (TAC) and Vice President of Persatuan Guolin Qigong Malaysia (PGQM).
Wong Kuan Sing, 75 years old.
President of Prostate Cancer Society Malaysia (PCSM), Together Against Cancer Association Malaysia (TAC), and Vice President of Persatuan Guolin Qigong Malaysia (PGQM). He was diagnosed with Stage 3 Prostate Cancer in 2010.
I was asymptomatic! Yet, results from my annual medical examination indicated an elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level. Was this a false alarm?
I went for a prostate biopsy immediately and found out that I did have prostate cancer. My wife was deeply saddened by the news. We wept together when I was told that I might have only 2.5 years to live. Our children, who are medical professionals, calmed us down and advised us to seek a second opinion.
I underwent radiotherapy with androgen deprivation therapy for 3 years. Surgery was not an option for me as I had locally-advanced prostate cancer. In 2018, I went through another cycle of androgen deprivation therapy for 3 years due to disease recurrence. Currently, I am on hormone ablation holiday!
Prostate cancer has changed my life.
I exercise regularly; eat less red meat and more greens. Walking Qigong is my daily routine for one-and-a-half hours to stay healthy. I am also involved in the Prostate Cancer Society Malaysia (PCSM), helping survivors to combat prostate cancer through support, education and lifestyle modification. In addition, I am the president of Together against Cancer Association Malaysia (TAC), an advocacy group for better accessibility and lower costs to cancer drugs.
To my fellow Malaysians, I would like to advise you to have a PSA blood test if you are above 55 years old or with a family history of prostate cancer. Early detection saves lives. Prostate cancer is a slow-growing disease if detected early.
I defied the odds. Today, I have survived for 10.5 years and counting!