Call Us +65 62351512
CONTACT US Book An Appointment

Celebrate Life!
Dr Juliana's Cancer Treatment Journey

Dr Juliana has more than 10 years of experience in Family Medicine, Aesthetic Medicine and Women’s Health. Being a strong advocate of disease prevention, she maintained a healthy lifestyle and had no family history of cancer. Yet, at the young age of 38, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

"You Have to Live, Not Just Survive"

Since my diagnosis, I have met some wonderful cancer survivors who consulted me for advice on aesthetic treatments. I felt inspired to help those who may have lost some confidence in their physical appearance as a result of their cancer therapy. 

This is where I first came across the term  “Onco-Aesthetics” whose purpose is to improve the psychological well-being of cancer patients by addressing the attitude towards their psychophysical care. “You have to live, not just survive” perfectly encompasses the goal that onco-aesthetics aims to achieve. 

However, having been through it myself, I do believe it is important to not rush into any treatment but focus on giving our bodies and skin a chance to recover through sufficient rest, healthy dieting and regular exercise.

Screening_img

My Personal Experience

Reflecting back, I knew that my dry and sensitive skin was going to deteriorate during my cancer treatment and so I made changes to my skincare regime to ensure that my skin was well taken care of.

I focused on skin hydration and making sure that I used products that were mild and gentle.  One of the first aesthetic treatments that I chose to do after completing my main cancer treatment was actually laser hair removal because I had started growing a lot of unwanted facial hair about two months after completing my chemotherapy!

Screening_img

Celebrate Life!

Looking back, I see the experience I have gone through with cancer as a blessing in disguise. I now live every day with greater tenacity and joy. I am very lucky to have discovered my condition at an early enough stage and been given a second chance at life which I am so thankful for. Read more about early detection and screening for cancer.

The journey for any cancer patient is a difficult one. I hope to be of service to those who may need some assistance in improving their confidence in their road to recovery. We are not cancer patients. We are cancer survivors.

Let’s celebrate life after cancer!

In today’s world, having a cancer diagnosis is no longer a death sentence. On top of that, with the help of preventive measures like health screening, early detection of cancers have indeed helped improve survival rates.

My Personal Cancer Treatment

Cancer treatment plans may differ from person to person as it depends on the staging and type of cancer they have. My breast cancer was hormone receptor negative and HER 2 receptor positive for which I was advised to undergo chemotherapy, radiotherapy and Herceptin treatment. While my cancer diagnosis essentially put my baby number 2 plans on the backburner, I was determined to fight my cancer as my priority.

area-img

Changes to My Body

I researched a lot into the body changes I was likely to experience during chemo and prepared the best I could for it. I anticipated dry and itchy skin, dry mouth and ulcers, nail changes, hair loss, nausea and tiredness.

I found that regular hydration was an important step to control the side effects to my skin and was a strong believer in prevention. Despite the gruelling side effects of chemotherapy I would still religiously apply my skin, nail and oral care products on a daily basis  to minimize side effects.

Hair loss was inevitable for the type of chemotherapy drug that was selected for me and despite the use of a cold cap I still lost about 70% of my hair. I had cut my usually long hair to a short bob prior to starting treatment but eventually had my head shaved after my second cycle as the hair loss was too emotionally challenging. I learned to embrace my new shaven look and took to wearing headscarves when out of the house. It was such a relief and an immense feeling of emancipation when 4-5 months after ending chemo I finally grew enough hair to leave the house without a head cover! 

Nausea and tiredness were very emotionally draining on me and despite my usual positive disposition it did manage to push me into a period of sadness during my chemo cycles. I tried to overcome this by taking daily walks and planning little things to look forward to. As challenging as chemotherapy was, I persevered through it as best I could. My body and mind slowly but surely recovered leaps and bounds after the treatment had ended.

My Journey

  • The 1st photoshoot with my bestie & business partner to mark the end of my cancer treatment
  • My beautiful family
  • My husband arranged a staycation to celebrate just before my final chemotherapy cycle
  • Quick family photo before checking in for my surgery
  • Getting a laugh out of shaving each other’s heads after my hair loss got too much to handle
  • It was very emotional for me to go bald but having a matching baldy certainly helped!
GET STARTED

Request An Appointment

Got questions? Fill up this form and our clinic staff will revert as soon as possible.

    Visit Us

    Start your skin health restoration journey with us today!

    Fusion Medical @ Wheelock

    501 Orchard Rd #04-11, Singapore 238880

    Mon-Fri :8:30am – 5:30pm

    Sat :8:30am – 1:00pm

    Sun / PH :Closed

    Fusion Medical @ Fusionopolis

    1 Fusionopolis Link, #01-05 Nexus
    @ One-North , Singapore 138542

    Mon-Fri :8:30am – 5:30pm

    Sat/Sun / PH :Closed

    About Fusion Medical

    Fusion Medical was set up in the year 2015. Our founders, being passionate about offering one-stop quality healthcare services at affordable rates, decided to set up the first Executive Medical Centre in One-North. This centre is equipped with diagnostic and imaging equipment to provide convenience to our patients. Diagnostic and imaging equipment include X-Ray, Ultrasound, ECG treadmill, Spirometry, Tonometry, Mammogram, Electrocardiogram, Audiometry Tests and Bone Densitometry.

    Why Choose Fusion Medical

    We Make Things Easy For You

    Our clinics are centrally located in Wheelock Place and Fusionopolis, giving you easy access to quality healthcare services whenever you need it. Appointments are easy, too. Request an appointment online or call us.

    Female Doctors Who Understand You

    Our female doctors offer a broad range of screening and medical services, personalised just for you. Doctor-patient relationships can last a lifetime, and we believe that it is important to have a doctor who truly understands you. We strive to do the best we can to make you feel comfortable.

    Fully Equipped Clinics

    We are committed to meeting your specific needs at our clinic. Our clinics are fully equipped with diagnostic and imaging equipment to provide one-stop convenience for you.

    • Dr Juliana Latif

      After graduating from Guys’, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine in the United Kingdom, Dr Juliana went on to complete her Graduate Diploma in Family medicine at the National University of Singapore. She is currently pursuing her diploma in Occupational Medicine.

      Qualifications

      • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Kings’ College London, UK
      • Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine, National University of Singapore
      • Master of Science in Non-surgical Facial Aesthetics, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
      • Diplomate in Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine, American Board of Anti-aging & Regenerative medicine
      • Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
      • Korean Thread Lifting Master Course, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
      • Certificate in competence in Skin Rejuvenation (Fractional Lasers), Chemical peels, Filler injection, Botulinum toxin injection, Laser for treating skin pigmentation and Assisted lasers or intense pulsed light for hair removal awarded by the Aesthetic Dermatology Educational Group, Singapore
      • Certificate of Vaginal Rejuvenation treatment, The American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
      • Certificate of Bioidentical hormonal replacement, Marion Gluck Academy, United Kingdom
    GET STARTED

    Request An Appointment

    Got questions? Fill up this form and our clinic staff will revert as soon as possible.

      Visit Us

      Start your skin health restoration journey with us today!

      Fusion Medical @ Wheelock

      501 Orchard Rd #04-11, Singapore 238880

      Mon-Fri :8:30am – 5:30pm

      Sat :8:30am – 1:00pm

      Sun / PH :Closed

      Fusion Medical @ Fusionopolis

      1 Fusionopolis Link, #01-05 Nexus
      @ One-North , Singapore 138542

      Mon-Fri :8:30am – 5:30pm

      Sat/Sun / PH :Closed

      back to top