The char kuey teow hawker had tongue cancer and needed to be treated as soon as possible. To save his life, the entire or half of his tongue would have to be removed. He is hoping that the public will donate the remaining RM70,000 for medical expenses so that he can keep his tongue and live.
Leang Ken Cheang (55), who worked as a char kway teow in Great Wellesley Restaurant Chai Leng Park Penang, had a small lump under his tongue 8 years ago. After the test, it was discovered that it was only a sarcoma and nothing serious.
He started bleeding while brushing his teeth frequently in October of last year, which alarmed him. He sought medical attention from ENT and dental specialists, and it was discovered that he had tongue cancer. He sought advice from several hospitals, all of which suggested that he have his tongue amputated or at least have half of it amputated for medical purposes.
"Not only would I be unable to speak or swallow if my tongue were removed, but I would also require an abdominal incision to allow food to be introduced into my stomach so that it could absorb nutrients. I even want to stop receiving treatment because I don't want to live like this!"
【Referred to IPPT USM for examination, brachytherapy combined with chemotherapy and radiotherapy for treatment】
The doctor advised Leang Ken Cheang to undergo Brachytherapy in conjunction with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and that he did not need to have his tongue amputated. This suggestion made him cry with joy and rekindled his desire to live.
Ken Cheang requires 5 rounds of brachytherapy, 42 rounds of radiotherapy, and 6 rounds of chemotherapy. The total treatment cost is estimated to be RM80,000, but he can only afford RM10,000,shortage of RM70,000 for medical expenses.
Ken Cheang is a hawker of char kway teow. He is self-sufficient after divorcing his wife in his early years. Due to illness, he is currently suspending operations.
The family agreed to fully authorise One Hope Charity to take charge of the fundraising and collect donations from the well-wishers on their behalf. Call our hotline at 016-419 2192 or 019-232 2192