When Doctor Becomes Caregiver

Author: Dr. K. Azlan
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Non-Fiction / Inspirational / Self Help / Memoir

It is rare for one family to deal with several different types of cancer. Even rarer still is a family which has dealt with three different types within ten months.

For a doctor to find himself dealing with this highly unusual situation is almost unheard of.


Glenys Olts RN (ret)
– 35 years career in Palliative Care
“The author exhibits Caring, Compassion, and Candor enhancing this guide for anyone whose life is touched by cancer, personally or professionally.
Dr. Sabariah J (Head of Emergency Medicine Services, Malaysia) 
– Acute Myeloid Leukaemia Survivor

“Author demonstrated the importance of patience and love during the difficult time… We all can learn from this book” 

Enza Schirinzi, Perth, Australia.
– Breast Cancer Survivor
“Very easy read which is true to life experiences” 
Rohit Kumar MD, FRCP(C)
– Anesthesiologists & Lecturer, Univ. of Toronto, Canada
“A must-read for caregivers with loved ones diagnosed with cancer”
Yohan S (MB BCh BAO (NUIGalway), MSc, United Kingdom
– Clear Cell Carcinoma Survivor
“You do not need to be a cancer patient to benefit from the ideas and guidance in this book….Excellent reading!”
Dr. Amy Gillis
-Family Physician, Dalhousie Univ, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
“As close as you can come to living it without the pain, Invaluable !”

The Book

This book describes the experiences of author, who is a physician, in managing the illnesses of three of his close relatives (his wife, father, and father-in-law) who were afflicted with cancers. Since all three were diagnosed within ten months of one another and all had different types of cancer, including their symptoms, stages, treatment plans, progress, and outcomes, the author covers a wide range of cancer issues and ways to deal with them successfully in this book.

He offers a frank assessment of the disease and its treatment options, but focus is given on helping families emerge connected and loving after facing such obstacle.  With practical, step-by-step help for managing treatment options and considerations, this book will help transform your difficult journey into a meaningful and memorable battle. – Read More

If you or a loved one has cancer, this book that presents unique personal insights and experiences from a physician whose family was struck with three different types of cancers in ten months, in the hopes of helping others grapple with and overcome the many issues that patients and their caregivers face.
This book that presents unique personal insights and experiences from a physician whose family was struck with cancer three times in ten months, will help you grapple with and overcome the many issues that patients and their caregivers face. 
Through research and personal experience, Dr. K. Azlan reveals the suffering he and his loved ones experienced and what they learned about dealing with this dread disease in a victorious way.
Each of the three types of cancer his family experienced have different physical symptoms, treatment options, illness progressions and outcomes. He addresses the issues and challenges of each and helps both the cancer patient and caregiver discover ways to grapple with this disease and emerge victoriously.– Read More

Prologue: Why This Book Was Written  
Chapter 1: I Am a Physician, Yet I Am Not Prepared
Chapter 2: Three Cancers in Ten Months
Chapter 3: The Pain of Biopsy
Chapter 4: An Abundance of Information
Chapter 5: Let’s Gear Up as Patients
Chapter 6: Paper Trails . . . Let’s Make It Right
Chapter 7: Our Battle with Chemotherapy
Chapter 8: Creating Time for your Loved One and Yourself
Chapter 9: Please Understand Us, the Caregivers
Chapter 10: Resentment and Acceptance of Supplements
Chapter 11: Palliative and Stage IV Do Not Mean Giving Up
Chapter 12: Things I Needed from Friends
Chapter 13: Our Life after the Three Cancers
Chapter 14: Last Thoughts on Cancer

Click here for chapters summary


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About Dr. K. Azlan

Dr. K. Azlan is an Emergency Physician and Head of the Emergency and Trauma Services on the tourism island of Langkawi, an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30km off the main coast of northwestern Peninsular Malaysia. He attended the Medical School of Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and he has fearlessly revealed the struggles his family experienced with three different cancer diagnoses in a short period of time.