My Story

My life took an 'interesting turn' on Oct 19, 2007 when I was diagnosed with metastatic esophageal cancer. How roles have changed... A week prior, I was a fellow in Hematology / Medical Oncology seeing patients with cancer. Today, I myself have become a 29 year-old cancer patient.

This diagnosis was obtained after an evaluation for an enlarged left neck lymph node. My only symptoms were heartburn and slight difficulty swallowing. As the cancer has metastasized to a distant lymph node, we decided to start on chemotherapy first. The chemo regimen is EOX (Epirubicin, Oxaliplatin and Xeloda) every 3 weeks, Xeloda is given as pills twice daily. I had a good response to EOX and then underwent concurrent chemotherapy and radiation. After completing chemotherapy and radiation I was in remission, with no signs of cancer on the scans. Since the diagnosis, there has been an outpouring of love and support from family, friends and co-workers. I truly appreciate all of your love and concern. May God bless you all richly even as you have been a blessing to me and my family. I received my last cycle of chemotherapy in May 2008, and was getting PET scans every 3 months as follow up. However, on my November 2008 PET scan, there were a few suspicious areas noted and biopsies did confirm cancer recurrence.  I then underwent more chemotherapy followed by a neck surgery and radiation therapy to remove the cancerous lymph nodes.  TY and myself got married in June 2009.  However, soon after that we found out that the cancer had returned in the bones.  We restarted chemotherapy in July 2009.


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Dear family and friends, Thank you so much for all your kind words, concern, support, prayers and most of all for all your love. We are both truly blessed to have such ... Read more

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Dear Tow Shung, It's been a while since you left us for a better place. You've been such an encouragement and inspiration to many of us, and your legacy lives on. I took ... Read more

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It is with deep sadness that I learned about the passing of my classmate, Tow Shung.  Seeing how many he has touched during his sojourn on Earth, I wish I had known him ... Read more

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Dearest Tsiao Yi, My heart goes out to you, I am so sorry for your loss. Keep strong, and know that friends and family are here to support you. Tow Shung was indeed ... Read more

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Dear Tsiao Yi, My heart sank when Yee Ping informed me about TS. We are sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Stay strong. Joe and YP Read more

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Dear Tsiao Yi, My condolences to you and your family.  I have been following this site since it was was started and I learnt about Tow Shung's passing through TK Khoo's ... Read more

Lisa Traynor signed Tow Shung's Guestbook.

Dear TY, I am so very deeply saddened to hear of Tow Shung Tan's passing. I had the distinct pleasure to work with him at the Mayo Clinic. What a compassionate and ... Read more

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TY, I truly thank God for all you have done for Andrew and am proud of you! May our Good Lord continue to lead you and shower you with His blessings and grace in your ... Read more

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Dear Tsiao Yi, Our deepest condolences to you and your family. May our thoughts be with you during this time of sadness. From, Ping and Kim Read more

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TY, I am so sorry for your loss.  I got to know TS through this journal and he is a very special and remarkable man, I am sure you miss him a lot.  My prayers are with ... Read more

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