My role at NCCS is sometimes a part of drug research, through conducting regular scans on patients to monitor their progress. There are protocols and accuracy standards to be strictly maintained, to obtain the most accurate information for the researchers and doctors.
During the course of my work, I need to interact with the patients and understand their worries. Most often, these patients involved in research, or more specifically, clinical trials are receiving tested drugs at no cost to them. The main concern of these patients is usually the effectiveness of the drug, and anticipating an improvement in their condition. Their anxiousness could affect the scan accuracy; hence, it is essential that we calm them while performing the scans.
Many people may perceive that my work in a cancer centre seems all doom and gloom. This is definitely not true. I take pride in what I’m doing and I am seeing miracles every single day. I witness how new drugs or treatments help patients extend their lives and the joy that such positive outcomes bring on to the faces of their family members. It is also through them, that I learned the importance of spending quality time with my loved ones.
Certainly, having good health enables us to enjoy such quality time. And the fundamentals of healthy living include watching what we eat and regular exercise is just as vital. My husband and I would run together regularly, and we would participate in events/marathons and train for the runs together. For me, running is a form of distressing activity. After every run, I will feel recharged and positive towards overcoming the challenges ahead.
On the Run For Hope co-organised by NCCS and our corporate partners, I feel that this has a different meaning compared to the rest of the race events I had participated. Maintaining it as a non-competitive run implies to me that we can all set our own benchmark and run at our own pace. At the same time, it provides an added avenue to support our common purpose beyond our work.
I hope more will join me in this run and help us work towards finding a cancer cure through research. Whether you are an avid runner or not, you can Run For Hope. If there is any patient who would like to join in the run but is wheelchair-bound, I will gladly volunteer myself to wheel the participant and complete the run together.
Kym Sor, Principal Radiographer at NCCS