It seemed to be just a normal swollen nasal mucosa that caused nasal congestion and breathing difficulty, but it was more than that. A young engineer was diagnosed with extranodal NK/T-cell lymphoma, nasal type, and the sudden news shredded the dreams of this ambitious young man.
Liong Chee Wei, who lives in Penang, is an ambitious young man with a bright future. However, he went to seek medical advice due to frequent nasal congestion and breathing difficulty caused by swollen nasal mucosa when he was 30. The examinations later diagnosed him with lymphoma. He has returned to daily life after going through various treatments.
Unexpectedly, the cancer cells relapsed in March of last year, so the doctor suggested he receive stem cell transplantation that cost RM180,000.
He fought cancer for ten years and used his savings and insurance to cover the treatment expenses. Therefore, he can only afford RM20,000 for stem cell transplantation, and he begs the public to help him with the remaining RM160,000.
【He was diagnosed with lymphoma at the age of 30. He had undergone radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and autologous stem cell transplantation. And now, he was lucky to find a matching stem cell, and he hopes that it can prolong his life】
In 2013, Chee Wei, who was 30 years old then, discovered that he had swollen nasal mucosa and congestion, so he went to the ENT specialist for consultation. The doctor performed surgery to remove the sarcoma and some cartilage and conducted a test. The test results showed that he had extranodal NK/T-cell lymphoma, a rare type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Most of its malignant cells were derived from mature NK cells, and a small portion was from NK-like T cells. Therefore, it was called NK/T-cell lymphoma.
The doctor referred him to the oncology department for four chemotherapy and 20 radiotherapy sessions. At that time, his medical expenses were borne by insurance and savings. After the treatment, he continued to work and live as usual.
Five years later, he had nasal congestion and breathing difficulty again, so he returned to the hospital for a follow-up. The examination showed that his cancer had relapsed, and the doctor suggested he go for immunotherapy. He was later referred to a government hospital for autologous stem cell transplantation. He completed his treatment course in April 2020.
Two years later, his nasal swelled again in March last year, and he experienced nasal congestion and breathing difficulty. He went back to the hospital for follow-up treatment, but the government hospital did not provide him with medication. Therefore, he received immunotherapy again. After the treatment, the doctor suggested he undergo stem cell transplantation. Still, his elder brother's stem cells were unsuitable, so the doctor referred his case to the Singapore bone marrow bank to search for suitable stem cells.
Fortunately, Chee Wei found a matching stem cell, but he could not afford the RM180,000 in stem cell transplantation as his previous treatments had exhausted his savings. He can only afford RM20,000 and needs help with the remaining RM180,000.
When the disease hit him, he experienced swollen nasal mucosa, congestion, fever and mouth ulcers. He would also feel uncomfortable in the throat and lose his voice. Currently, he is in stage II cancer, and he also experienced hair loss, vomiting and loss of appetite after the chemotherapy earlier.
Chee Wei is a native of Ipoh. After getting his software engineering degree from Universiti Sains Malaysia, he has been working in Penang. Chee Wei is an engineer in a multinational company, earning about RM7,000. When he was unable to work, his elder brother supported the living expenses of Chee Wei and their elderly parents in their 70s.
After reviewing the case, One Hope Charity decided to raise Chee Wei's medical expenses. His family agreed to fully authorise One Hope Charity to take charge of the fundraising and collect donations from the well-wishers on their behalf.
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