SINGAPORE: Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Baey Yam Keng has been diagnosed with stage one nose cancer.
He revealed this in a Facebook post on Friday (Jan 7), ahead of an Edusave awards ceremony in Tampines North where he is a Member of Parliament.
"Much as I wish to congratulate our young residents and their proud families personally, I seek your understanding that I may not be able to attend every session this year," said Mr Baey, 52.
"Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with stage 1 nose cancer in November last year. I am currently in the middle of my radiation therapy sessions, which will be completed in end-January."
He said that his doctor has warned that he is likely to get tired more easily.
"The skin in my neck area is also expected to look sunburnt and my voice might change. Some radiation patients might lose hair at the back of the head," he wrote.
"Luckily, the side effects I currently experience after four weeks of treatment have been manageable, eg mouth dryness, mouth ulcers, loss of taste and fatigue. Unlike chemotherapy, my immunity is not affected."
Mr Baey said he will slow down his pace of work during this period and thanked his colleagues in Tampines GRC and in the Ministry of Transport for their understanding and support.
The other MPs in Tampines GRC are Minister for Social and Family Development Masagos Zulkifli, Senior Minister of State for Health and for Manpower Dr Koh Poh Koon, Mayor for North East District Desmond Choo and Ms Cheng Li Hui.
"I know I can also count on my activists, grassroots leaders and volunteers to help me serve the community," said the fourth-term MP.
Mr Baey added: "I am fortunate to have discovered my medical condition at an early stage, when treatment is simpler and there is a very high chance of survival.
"I am still relatively young and have been keeping myself fit. Together with the strong support of my wife, family and friends, I am confident to overcome this challenge and recover well.
"Life has thrown me a curveball, but I will be fine!"
Mr Baey, who entered Parliament in 2006, is married with three children.