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Commercial Bank helps cancer patients

Commercial Bank Helps Inspire Cancer Patients With Henry Jayasena’s Story

-- Bank joins Mithuruwela Cancer Support Network to produce documentary for cancer patients & caregivers --

The serious dearth of information on cancer, one of the major causes of death in Sri Lanka has prompted a non-profit organization and the country’s benchmark private sector bank to produce a DVD and a CD on veteran actor Henry Jayasena’s experience with cancer, to support and encourage cancer patients and their caregivers.

Titled ‘Mage Kathawa’ (My Story), the documentary has been produced by the Mithuruwela Cancer Support Network, a registered non-profit organization which promotes greater awareness and understanding of cancer with funding from the Corporate Social Responsibility Trust of the Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC.

There are many misconceptions about cancer that keep patients away from appropriate treatments. Increasing awareness among patients and caregivers will help to increase the survival rates.

Produced in collaboration with the Open University of Sri Lanka, the DVD and CD contain a thirty minute interview with Mr Jayasena who elaborates on how he came to know about the cancer, how he obtained treatment and how he overcame the dreaded disease.

Henry Jayasena suffered from ‘Duke C’ (Stage 3) colon cancer in 1999 and underwent numerous treatments, including chemotherapy and radiation-treatment. His story will be important to other sufferers to encourage them not to lose hope.

These CDs and VCDs are available free at Mithuruwela Centre and those who are interested can obtain a copy by sending their contact details to Ms. Mala Thalayasingam No.70/1, Peterson Lane, Colombo 06 or to mithuruwela@gmail.com Launched in 2005, Mithuruwela is a network of volunteers committed to providing a better understanding of cancer-causes, prevention, early detection, treatment regimes and services, and other aspects like coping mechanisms-by sharing
experiences and knowledge. It aims at helping patients and caregivers make informed decisions about dealing with cancer, so that they can look beyond the diagnosis and deal positively with the treatment and its after effects. The network works with a multi-disciplinary group of health professionals to set in motion a comprehensive plan of action.