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Conquering Lung Cancer Together - Part 4
Presenters : Dr. Daren Teoh Choon Yu, Dr. Caryn Khoo Shiao Yen & Dr. How Soon Hin
Posted in : Oncology | Family Medicine | Lung Cancer MasterClass
Published date : Jan 13, 2021
CPD Activity (1.0 credit)
About the Course
Malaysia is a Southeast Asian Multi-ethnic country with over 30 million population. The majority are ethnically Malay, with Indians, Chinese and indigenous peoples as minorities1. Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers and accounts for most of the cancer-related deaths in Malaysia2-4. The recent Malaysian National Cancer registry 2012-16 data show 78% of males & 81% of females of lung, trachea and bronchial cancer are diagnosed at stage 45. Lung cancer survival is poorest among all cancers with the 5-year observed survival rate of 9% and relative survival of 11%6. Screening and early diagnosis remain huge unmet needs.  Limited awareness on lung cancer contributes to late stage presentation in most cases. The stigma around lung cancer as a 'self-inflicted' cancer together with fear and anxiety around chemotherapy, radiotherapy and cultural bias of complementary and traditional therapies are additional hurdles7.
The Lung Cancer Network Malaysia (LCNM) and AstraZeneca are leading this digital initiative to focus on educating the primary care physicians on lung cancer.
Learning Objectives
The initiative is based on the theme of "Conquering Lung Cancer Together" and aim to:
  • Increase the awareness of lung cancer in HCPs, (especially general practitioners as patients/public most likely will first presented to them) in order to improve early detection for timely management of lung cancer.
  • Improve the outcome of lung cancer management-to increase the chance of cure of the disease (early stage) and to improve patient's overall survival for advanced stage.
  • Call to action: GP’s are able to detect and refer the suspected cases to the relevant specialty for timely diagnosis and treatment.
This CPD activity is presented by Dr. Daren Teoh Choon Yu, Assoc. Dr. Caryn Khoo Shiao Yen & Prof. How Soon Hin, and is supported by an educational grant from Astra Zeneca
There are 6 modules in this course. Participants must successfully complete all 6 modules to obtain 1 CPD point, that will be credited instantly in your MMA CPD account. 

About the Presenters

Dr. Daren Teoh Choon Yu
Dr. Teoh read medicine as the University of Nottingham UK, where he obtained his Bachelor of Medical Sciences followed by his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. He then trained in general medicine and obtained his MRCP. Following this he undertook postgraduate specialist training in Oncology in the United Kingdom and completed his specialist training in 2008. Subsequently he spent a year as a clinical research fellow at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire and was appointed as Consultant Oncologist there.
He returned to head the new Sabah Cancer Centre in Kota Kinabalu Malaysia in 2010 and was also founding head of the Clinical Research Centre in Hospital Likas. He had also been appointed honorary lecturer at University Malaysia Sabah. He has been involved as principal investigator in many clinical trial and lectures throughout the Asean region.
He is currently Consultant Oncologist at KPJ Sabah Specialist Hospital, Kota Kinabalu.
Dr. Caryn Khoo Shiao Yen
Dr Caryn Khoo Shiao Yen obtained her medical degree from Dalhousie University, Canada and went on to specialise in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, USA before pursuing her fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Stanford University, USA. She is American-board certified in Internal Medicine as well as Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is registered on the National Specialist Registry as a specialist in Palliative Medicine.
Upon returning to Malaysia, she joined the Ministry of Health and was based at Hospital Selayang before transferring to the Institut Kanser Negara as the Head of the Palliative and Supportive Care Department for 4 years. She is now based at Sunway Medical Centre as a Consultant Palliative Medicine Physician.
She is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC), Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN), Malaysian Hospice Council (MHC), Lung Cancer Network Malaysia (LCNM) and Mayo Clinic Alumni. She was a member of the technical committee that developed the National Palliative Care Policy and Strategic Plan 2019-2030, that was launched in November 2019.
She has published a number of articles in international peer-reviewed medical journals as well as presented scientific posters at various local and international conferences in the areas of Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine. She has authored chapters in two local reference books, the Hospital Selayang End-of-Life Care Guidelines, 2014, and the Handbook of Palliative Medicine in Malaysia, 2015. Her area of interest is in the holistic management of cancer pain.
Prof. Dr. How Soon Hin
MBBS. MMED (Chest Physician and General Physician, International Islamic University Malaysia)
Dr. How qualified from University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur in 1996 and obtained Master in Internal Medicine at the same university in 2002. He is currently working as Professor of Medicine, Kulliyyah of Medicine, International Islamic University. He also works as consultant general physician and chest physician in IIUM Medical Centre, Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan, and Darul Makmur Medical Centre. He has special interest in EBUS-TBNA, rigid bronchoscopy, navigational bronchoscopy, endobronchial tumour debulking, metallic and silicone stenting. Dr. How’s research interests focus on melioidosis and lung cancer. He also involved in multi-centre randomized control study on asthma, COPD and lung cancer.