Dr Shwe Sin is the Medical Officer at Yangon Children’s Hospital in Myanmar, where she has worked for seven years.
When first completing her medical training, Shwe undertook no cancer related modules but during an internship at Yangon Children’s Hospital (YCH) she noticed that only two doctors were working in the paediatric oncology unit. It was this experience that inspired her to volunteer at YCH for a further 18 months before eventually being hired as a full time member of staff.
Shwe has now completed a paediatric oncology fellowship at KK Women and Children’s Hospital in Singapore but is determined to do more;
After undertaking her training in Singapore, Shwe has first-hand experience of what childhood cancer treatment looks like for those in developed countries. With a lack of resources and awareness of childhood cancer, it’s difficult to replicate this in Myanmar but World Child Cancer is supporting doctors like Shwe to improve treatment standards for children in developing countries.
Shwe currently receives no support to help her deal with her own emotions and wellbeing, she uses prayer and meditation to ground her feelings. Counsellor Megan Cruise is now volunteering in Myanmar for three months to help families and healthcare professionals deal with the impacts of childhood cancer and will directly support Shwe and others on the paediatric oncology ward.
Many children with cancer in low and middle-income countries will never receive an accurate diagnosis, meaning they never get the care, treatment or pain relief they need.
We deliver training to healthcare professionals and communities to promote awareness of the early warning signs of childhood cancer. We also educate people on where they can go for help so that more children are able to access life-saving treatment and care.