Past & Present




The National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS) has come a long way since it was first set up as an ambulatory oncology centre in the National University Hospital (NUH) in September 1988. Prior to that, cancer patients did not have a dedicated centre to receive chemotherapy. Then housed at the dentistry wing of NUH's Main Building, the NUH Oncology Centre soon became the model for other chemotherapy centres in Singapore to emulate.


The NUH Oncology Centre moved to NUH's Kent Ridge Wing in 1996 and another related specialist centre, the Radiation Therapy Centre, was opened in 1999. 


A year later, these two centres formed The Cancer Institute (TCI), which grew from strength to strength.


Over the years, the Ministry of Health (MOH) noted an increase in the number of patients seeking cancer treatment in Singapore and that a second centre offering tertiary care was warranted. Already a centre of excellence in its own right, the TCI was officially renamed as the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS) in 2008 and assumed the responsibilities as the second national specialty centre for cancer at the Kent Ridge campus.


With the NCIS, patients in Singapore now have more choices for cancer care.

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Today, the NCIS boasts a broad spectrum of substantial capabilities spanning over three floors of the NUH Medical Centre, a 20-storey landmark building providing one-stop holistic and comprehensive care, management and treatment for both adult and paediatric oncology patients.


Housed alongside other outpatient medical specialisations at the Medical Centre, the NCIS brings together the expertise of multiple clinical departments to provide multi-disciplinary cancer care via a convenient and accessible one-stop platform to allow for more efficient consultations and treatment processes to be carried out under one roof.


Covering over 13,000 square metres, the NCIS provides comprehensive delivery of care and convenience via its dedicated one-stop centre translating into quicker diagnosis and treatment for patients, resulting in more effective outcomes.


Additionally, the NCIS operates three Oncology Wards (Wards 56, 58 & 8A/8C) located in the NUH Main Building and Kent Ridge Wing and offers cancer services at two satellite locations – the NCIS Radiation Therapy Centre @ Tan Tock Seng Hospital and NCIS Cancer Services @ Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.


The NCIS also extends our services to the community via our NCIS Home Care Programme and NCIS on the Go Programme, both programmes providing accessible and convenient cancer care to our patients islandwide.




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