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Stories of Hope

“I didn’t know how strong I was until I was diagnosed with breast cancer.”

It’s a nightmare when your doctor tells you you have breast cancer. I’m a fighter and I’ve been fighting against cancer since June 2015.

People say until you experience chemotherapy, you don’t know how strong you are. I finished my last chemo on November 26, 2015, after 6 rounds.

I never knew life would be so hard. Chemotherapy taught me how strong a person can be when they are going through this alone. I was strong, it made me stronger. I salute all those ladies who are going through the same.

During this whole process, I told myself that I have to deal with it, I have to survive, I am a fighter and it’s my life. I’m grateful to my doctors for saving my life, especially Dr. Peter Willsher and Prof. Arlene Chan. I’ve got the best surgeon and the best oncologist. They really looked after me.

We all think about tomorrow and forget to live today. Living in a country with hope and opportunity, I managed myself to be more strong to fight alone for my health. Everyday I told myself “yes I can do this, I have to do this”.

During the process of fighting breast cancer, there’s only one person who will be your best friend, and that’s your oncologist. Don’t listen to anyone else. Being strong is the only choice I had because I couldn’t give up my fight against cancer. I’m a survivor, I’m a fighter and I will keep fighting.

I celebrated my chemo graduation on the Christmas holiday following my last chemo session and start my next treatment Herceptin the next year. In the end, I’m just so happy I successfully completed my chemotherapy.

Patient of  Prof. Arlene Chan


Test 13

Prof Chan is an amazing lady who is doing some wonderful research through the Breast Cancer Research Centre. She's saved my life. Thank you.

Test 12

13 years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had a wonderful team on my side, Peter (Dr Willsher) and Arlene (Prof Chan). Keep up the good fight!

Testimonial Eleven

The Breast Clinical Trials Unit is the best team EVER! The Unit Manager Jeanette is amazing.  

Testimonial Ten

It was my lucky day when I was told Prof Chan was going to be looking after me. I was originally told I wouldn’t need chemo but Prof Chan didn’t agree and I thank her for all the care she gave me. My last appointment was this year. I now am coming up 6 years as a survivor. Prof Chan is an angel at work in her field.

Testimonial Nine

You don’t know how deep your courage is until it is tested.

Testimonial Eight

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2005 and was so lucky to have had Arlene Chan as my oncologist. I’m still here and I'm well after more than 10 years.

Testimonial Seven

The best advice comes from your oncologist and for me my wonderful oncology nurse Sam has been my life saver. I am so blessed to have my amazing fiancé by my side through this difficult journey.

Testimonial Six

You don’t realise how strong you can be until something like this happens. Take care and be kind to yourself in your recovery.

Testimonial Five

Arlene Chan is amazing. Trust her to be your guide through this, she is brilliant, you can do this!

Testimonial Four

A wonderful, caring oncologist who has helped so many women beat breast cancer. I feel extremely fortunate to have had Arlene as my oncologist 9 years ago. Thank you so much for all you have done for me and so many other women.

Testimonial Three

As well as Arlene’s amazing academic and medical qualifications, she is also a hugely compassionate and caring person providing much needed emotional support and guidance to her patients and their families. So blessed to have her as my oncologist.

Testimonial Two

  Arlene has given so many the greatest gift of all...time. Arlene’s commitment and dedication to making a difference on so many levels is beyond words, the world is a better place with her in it.

Testimonial One

  Arlene saved my life coming up 11 years ago. She is an amazing and caring person. You always felt special as she treated you as an individual and not a statistic.

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