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...
6 September 2018 (Lianhe Zaobao)
跨国研究：加大化疗强度血癌童治愈率提高至九成 (Multinational Research: Stronger chemotherapy raises cure rates for child leukemia by 90%)
The study, jointly conducted by NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and University of Malaysia, together with NUH, KKH and two Malaysian hospitals, was completed in 8 years and involved 346 children in both countries with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). About 20% of children with ALL have a more than double chance of relapse due to the absence of the Ikaros gene. The team of researchers raised cure rate from 70% to more than 90% and reduced relapse rate from 30% to 13% with intensified chemotherapy treatment in this group of children. A/Prof Allen Yeoh said “Through bone marrow tests, we identified these children who do not have the Ikaros gene, intensified their chemotherapy dose, and the results were very good.” He added, “At present, these children are receiving the highest dose of chemotherapy. The research team will continue to look for new treatment options, such as immunotherapy and other safer options… our ultimate goal is to help them recover fully.” Read more...
29 July 2018 (Lianhe Zaobao)
Dr Noreen Chan from NCIS was one of the doctors interviewed on end-of-life care. She shared that the focus of our medical system is usually the patient’s ‘body’, neglecting the spiritual and emotional needs. She said many times the medication is not in the bottle but in relationships, in positive words and encouragement.” She added that many times patients do not need the many medical tests and treatments. Conversations are more important and is the beginning of providing quality care. Read more...