Kim Foong’s Story: Her Battle with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Kim Foong Lim shares more on her journey battling triple-negative breast cancer before turning 40. She talks about her disbelief in the early stages of her diagnosis to how she thinks loved ones can support cancer patients better during the tough period of battling cancer.

by Raihan Rahman

Breast cancer is the most common cancer amongst women in Malaysia with 1 in 30 women being diagnosed in their lifetime. A study by the Malaysia National Cancer Registry Report has also shown that this number may be rising in recent years. However, with earlier detection and advancing treatments, most cancers today have a greater chance for successful treatment.

For Kim Foong Lim, her journey was undoubtedly challenging physically and mentally. Diagnosed with breast cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic last year, she shares more on her diagnosis, treatment journey and her story as an overcomer. Join us as she shares her experience for anyone out there who may have received news that they just got cancer and families and friends looking to better support loved ones living with cancer through compassion and empathy.

[00:55] Could you share a little bit about yourself? | [03:45] Could you share more on your diagnosis and journey with breast cancer? | [10:23] How could family and friends better support you during this time? | [12:08] Could you share more on your experience after removing fluid from your surgery wound? | [19:20] Has cancer changed your perspective on life? | [22:45] How can family and friends show better compassion instead of pity when supporting you? |

Full transcript: here


Mammogram: An image of the breasts obtained using mammography. Typically used to detect early signs of breast cancer.

Ultrasound: A live image obtained using high-frequency sound waves. Typically used to detect early foetus but may also be used to examine lumps or tumours in the breast

Triple-negative breast cancer: Triple-negative breast cancer is a rare and aggressive type of cancer that tests negative for the three most common type of receptors: estrogen, progesterone, and the HER-2/neu gene. This type of cancer does not respond to hormone therapy or HER-2 medication.

ER/PR-Positive breast cancer: A type of breast cancer that grown in response to another hormone, progesterone. Growth or tumours that are ER/PR-Positive are more likely to respond well to hormone therapy.

HER-2 Positive breast cancer: A type of breast cancer where cells make too much of the HER2 protein. This type of cancer may also be fast-growing and aggressive.

Lumpectomy: A surgical procedure where a lump is removed from the breast. Typically, this occurs when the tumour is cancerous.

Chemotherapy: A treatment used to treat cancer patients by stopping the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or stopping the rapid growth of the cancer cells.

Chemo port: An implantable catheter that connects to a patient’s vein to ease the process of chemotherapy, drawing blood or even administering intravenous medication.

PET scan: A positron emission tomography (PET) scan is an imaging test that allows doctors to render a 3D image of the processes in the human body. It may be used in cancer treatments.

CT scan: A computerized tomography scan (CT or CAT scan) uses a computer and X-rays to create internal images of your body which includes: soft tissues, bones and blood vessels.

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Raihan Rahman
Raihan loves psychological thriller books and horror movies but sleeps with a night light, lest the monsters get her.
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