PRESS RELEASE No. 037/KFCP-DIR/PR/VI/22
Jakarta, June 15th, 2022 – PT Kalbe Farma Tbk (Kalbe) educates the society about symptoms of brain tumor during the commemoration of the World Brain Tumor Day. The symptoms of this mortal disease are different depending on whether the tumor is located in the cerebrum, the cerebellum, or the brain stem.
“The cerebrum supports the seeing, speaking, hearing, and cognitive functions. Meanwhile, the cerebellum functions to maintain balance while walking, whereas brain stems control breathing, temperature, and blood pressure,” according to the Medical Manager of PT Kalbe Farma Tbk, dr. Hastarita Lawrenti, during a live Instagram at @ptkalbefarmatbk.
Doctor Rita furtherly explained that if the tumor was located in the cerebrum, then patients would experience eyesight, ear, or cognitive disorders. On the other hand, a tumor in the cerebellum would cause patients to lose balance during walking, while a brain stem tumor would cause various symptoms, including respiratory problems.
There are two types of tumor: the benign one and the malignant one, or the cancerous tumor. The benign tumor can generally be removed through a treatment and has a small chance of relapsing. Meanwhile, a malignant or cancerous tumor still can relapse despite being removed or after having a combined treatment.
She then explained, “In theory, there are currently no exact causes for cancers and tumors. One theory might suggest that it is caused by a change of a genetic material, an infection caused by a virus, or an exposure to carcinogenic ingredients that causes a change in genetic materials (DNA mutation).”
One symptom suffered by a brain tumor patient includes nauseous until vomitting, which can be caused by either the tumor itself or the chemotherapy. Therefore, it will be difficult to fulfill the nutrient consumption for cancer patients, especially those with eating deficit.
A cancer survivor with eating disorder will have more risks of malnutrition and extreme weight loss. It will also decrease the quality of life due to other diseases, such as infections and sarcopenia (reduced muscle mass and drowned body).
“Cancer survivors must obtain a lot of energy, but it will be difficult to achieve due to their eating disorders,” according to the Medical General Manager of Kalbe, dr. Dedyanto Henky Saputra, M.Gizi, AIFO-K.
He then added, “They must consume food with high calories and protein in small portion, as well as fulfilling other nutrient needs from fresh ingredients instead of processed or canned food, and have low content of sugar, trans fat, and saturated fat.”
Doctor Dedy also emphasized that, in case of nutrient deficiency, the patients could consume food supplements, with formulas that could fulfill the criteria for cancer conditions, like Nutrican.
“Kalbe has Theracim, a product for the glioma therapy (one of the highest ranking brain tumors). For its nutrients, it fulfill the need for both energy and protein, which can be found in Nutrican,” as explained by the Product Management of OneOnco, apt. Yulius Denis Chrismaaji, S.Farm.
Denis furtherly stated that Nutrican is a high-protein liquid food that is specifically formulated to increase the appetite. It also helps to maintain weight and improve nutritions for chronic diseases, and can be consumed by cancer patients, both in early and further stages.
“Compared with other products, Nutrican is rich in energy and protein, using a whey protein which has more benefits from other types of protein, as well as high contents of BCAA (branched-chain amino acid) that can increase the appetite,” as Denis stated.
He then concluded, “It also has Omega 3 that can help maintaining a patient’s body weight, and FOS (fructooligosaccharides) as a source of fiber, to prevent the risks of digestive disorders. It is also rich in anti-oxidant, multivitamins, and minerals to help the patients’ healing processes.”
Nutrican is low in lactose, therefore it can be consumed by lactose intolerant patients, and has three flavors: orange, strawberry, and banana.
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Kalbe at a Glance
Founded in 1966, PT Kalbe Farma Tbk (Kalbe) is one of the largest open pharmaceutical companies in Southeast Asia. The company has four main divisions that engage in a portfolio of reliable and diversed brands, such as the prescription medicine division, the health product division which handles free medicines, multivitamins, and ready-to-drink supplement beverages, and the distribution and logistics divisions.
Kalbe has also developed a digital service ecosystem for the society, both in B2B with EMOS and in B2C with KlikDokter. EMOS is an order management application system that facilitates the distribution channels in commencing stock management or supply chain, while KlikDokter is a digital platform for health services, specifically telemedicine, which provides necessary health consultations and products for the society.
Now, Kalbe has more than 40 subsidiaries and 15 production facilities with international standards, employing around 16.000 employees who are being stationed in 76 branches all around Indonesia. Kalbe’s shares has been recorded in the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) since 1991 (IDX:KLBF).