4 April 2018
Taking a standard prostate cancer drug with low-fat food, instead of on empty stomach, could boost outcome and lower drug costs by 75% for patients with reduced daily dosage
The multi-site study with United States is part of the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore’s (NCIS) larger efforts to address escalating costs of oncology drug treatment with research that focus on high quality and high value care. Read more...
21 March 2018
NCIS to Raise Cancer Awareness through 10,000 Ribbon Singapore Book of Records Attempt
On 24 March 2018, the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS) will attempt to set a Singapore Book of Records (SBR) by collecting 10,000 cancer awareness ribbons, which will be the largest collection in Singapore. The ribbons will be a symbol of support for those who were lost to cancer, survived cancer and are currently battling cancer. The ribbon collection will be made alongside NCIS’ Signature 10th anniversary public awareness event held at Canopy@JLink, which is located at Jurong East. Members of the public are encouraged to pin a ribbon and pledge to go for cancer screening within a year. Professor Chng Wee Joo, Director of NCIS, will be gracing the milestone event. “The pledge of 10,000 ribbons, is a way for us to show our support to everyone in the fight against cancer, be it the patients, their friends or their families,” says Professor Chng. “Cancer continues to be the leading cause of death in Singapore. Therefore, it is important to not only educate the public on cancer, but to also pledge to ourselves and our loved ones to go for early cancer screening.” Read more...
16 November 2018 (Tabla!)
Cancer is not a curse
Among Singaporean Indian women, 615 cases were diagnosed between 2011 and 2015. Compared to Indian women in the subcontinent, the incidence among Indian women in developed countries (the United Kingdom, the United States and Singapore) is higher. This is partially attributed to lifestyle changes that come with living in developed countries – such as being overweight and sedentary. Another possibility is the vas amount of spices that are still used in the subcontinent – such as turmeric, ginger, pepper, clove and cumin – which apparently have anti-cancer properties. Dr Balamurugan A Vellayappan, Consultant in the Department of Radiation Oncology at NCIS said, "The good news is that breast cancer can be picked up at an early stage when a cure is highly likely and treatment side-effects are less." Read more...
9 November 2018 (The Straits Times)
New app offers holistic support for cancer patients
From tracking their medical appointments to getting advice on the spot, cancer patients will soon be able to do these and more with a new mobile app developed by the National University Cancer Institute Singapore (NCIS). Powered by artificial intelligence technology, the app is designed to support patients in all their cancer related app for cancer patients here. Announcing its launch at the institute’s fundraising gala dinner on 8 November 2018, NCIS director Prof Chng Wee Joo said, “It’s like a buddy for patients, a buddy to follow them and be with them throughout their cancer journey.” Read more...