Cultural Issues and Coping with Critical Illness of a Female Malay Cancer Survivor in Singapore

Angela Ka Ying Mak, Suwichit (Sean) Chaidaroon

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This case study presents a story of Aminah, a Malay-Muslim Singaporean, who was diagnosed with second-stage breast cancer in June 2009. Based on kampong spirit, a unique cultural belief of the Malay-Muslims in being a cohesive part of the community, Aminah has been supported spiritually through her daunting times. While this cancer survivor demonstrates a positive attitude through a strong sense of self-advocacy (see Brashers, Hass, & Neidig, 1999) unlike the majority of Singaporean patients, this case presents the key challenges Aminah faces including the misunderstanding of the Malay cultural values and people surrounding her. The case also illustrates a lack of awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of the healthcare benefits in her country.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Case Studies in Health Communication: Theoretical and Applied Approaches
EditorsMaria Brann
Place of PublicationDubuque, IA
PublisherKendall Hunt
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780757579257, 0757579256
Publication statusPublished - 2011

User-Defined Keywords

  • Cancer survivor
  • Cultural diversity
  • Social support
  • Self-advocacy


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