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Media Articles 2017

 

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July 2017

 

Study links gastric cancer to protein level

 

Professor Jimmy So, Head and Senior Consultant, Division of Surgical Oncology, NCIS, gave his comments on the study on DOK6 protein and its link to gastric cancer progression.

 

 



一个东西 看成两个 鼻癌症状?


One of the commonest symptom of Nose Cancer is a neck lump which is a late discovery. Other possible early symptoms will include blood stained nasal discharge and unilateral blocked ear with or without  hearing impairment. Definite late discovery will result in double vision from involvement of the nerves to the eye. In this article, Dr Lim Chwee Ming, Senior Consultant, Division of Surgical Oncology (Head & Neck Surgery), NCIS, shares more about the incidence and treatment of Nose Cancer.

 

  • Shin Min Daily News, 19 July 2017

 



Blood tests may not detect cancer earlier


Many people have the misconception that they need to do cancer or tumour marker tests to screen for cancer. Dr Lim Siew Eng, Senior Consultant, Department of Haematology-Oncology, NCIS, said blood tests should preferably not be used in place of recommended screening tests for cancer. According to Dr Lim, "Blood tests are convenient. But they have not been shown to reduce cancer mortality and may not detect cancer earlier, and could also give rise to a false sense of well-being." 






 

Get Curious with Biotechin.Asia: Prof Chng. on Multiple Myeloma, Darzalex and what it means for patients


Professor Chng Wee Joo, Director and Senior Consultant, NCIS, provides key insight on Multiple Myeloma, his research on the disease, treatment options, as well as what the recent approval of Johnson&Johnson's Darzalex means for patients.






J&J joins the fight against Multiple Myeloma in Singapore with their new drug Darzalex


Darzalex, a monoclonal antibody was recently approved by the Singapore Health Sciences Authority for Multiple Myeloma patients who have become resistant to current drug therapies. Professor Chng Wee Joo, Director & Senior Consultant, NCIS, weighs in on the rising incidence and treatment of Multiple Myeloma.






Grateful for the chance to give back to society


Mr Aaron Rosario Jeyaraj, who was among those awarded the Public Service Commission scholarship yesterday, was a volunteer at the NCIS three years ago. Together with three friends, they set aside time almost every week to interact with cancer patients, talking about their families and even current affairs. Aaron says that the experience has taught him to appreciate what he has. 






Novartis readies for FDA review of $1 billion CAR-T child cancer hope


Professor Dario Campana, Department of Paediatrics, NUS, and scientist at the NCIS, weighs in on Novartis' investigational drug, CTL019, which has proven effective in killing leukaemia cells specifically and rapidly.





 

Positive effects of home-based cancer care


In recent years, there has been a paradigm shift from hospital-based care to transitional and home-based services in the public healthcare system here. It has prompted acute care hospitals to develop programmes that extend care from the hospital into the community. In this DocTalk article by Dr Michelle Poon, Senior Consultant, Department of Haematology-Oncology, NCIS, she shares more about the positive effects of homecare and the home care programme at the NCIS. 






Doktor: Barah ovari sukar dikesan awal


Unlike Cervical Cancer, there are no early signs for Ovarian Cancer. It is called the silent killer, with most women detecting it at the late stages. Dr Ida Ismail, Consultant, Division of Gynaecologic Oncology, NCIS, shared that the number of ovarian cancer patients had increased over the last 40 years – from 7.3 in every 100,000 to 12.7. 






June 2017


Breast, prostate cancers rising sharply in Singapore


Over the past 40 years, the incidence of breast cancer has more than doubled, and the incidence of prostate cancer has gone up fivefold. While colorectal cancer remains the top cancer in Singapore, the rates have been decreasing gradually over the past 15 years. Dr Tan Ker Kan, Consultant, Division of Surgical Oncology (Colorectal Surgery), NCIS, stresses on the importance of early detection, which can result in better outcomes.





Commentary: More than a village needed to raise youths with complex care needs


Thirty years ago, the line between paediatric and adult medicine was more clearly defined. Children either made it to adulthood, or they didn’t. But over the years, medical advances meant that more and more children with severe congenital or acquired conditions are surviving into adolescence and even early adulthood. In this article, Dr Noreen Chan, Head & Senior Consultant, Division of Palliative Care, NCIS, weighs in on the complex care needs of youths and how to address these needs.






Specialist skin consultation available at polyclinics with e-consult service


Specialist skin consultation is now available at polyclinics with e-consult service, joining the bandwagon of other public healthcare institutions, including the NCIS, which were one of the pioneers to offer e-consult services to patients. 


 


 

May 2017

 

This Common Virus Test Could Save Your Life - And You Only Need It Every 5 Years!


In Singapore, Cervical Cancer is one of the top 10 cancers affecting women. In this interview with Dr Joseph Ng, Senior Consultant, Division of Gynaecologic Oncology, NCIS, he shares valuable information on the risk of developing Cervical Cancer, and the importance of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) test and vaccine.





Commentary: When children die, they take away the future

 

In this insightful piece by Dr Noreen Chan, Head & Senior Consultant, Division of Palliative Care, NCIS, she weighs in on coping with the loss of children and young adults, and how palliative care can come into play to better cope with the loss.


 


 

First-degree relatives must do early colonoscopy

 

In Singapore, Colorectal Cancer is the most common cancer for men and the second most common cancer for women. Every day, five people here are diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer and two die of it. In a new study led by Dr Tan Ker Kan, Consultant, Division of Surgical Oncology (Colorectal Cancer), NCIS, findings show that immediate family members of people who have Colorectal Cancer are not aware of their heightened risk of developing the cancer or that they should undergo screening earlier.






Zipper malfunction translated into cures

 

In this DocTalk article by Associate Professor Allen Yeoh, Head & Senior Consultant, Division of Paediatric Haematology-Oncology, NCIS, he uncovers how chemotherapy drug for childhood leukaemia exploits zipper-like function for better cures.


 


 

APBN Interview with Professor Chng Wee Joo


In this exclusive interview with Professor Chng Wee Joo, Director and Senior Consultant of the NCIS, he weighs in on the incidence and treatment of Multiple Myeloma, as well as upcoming clinical trials conducted through the Asian Myeloma Network, which provide early access to effective drugs in the treatment of the disease.






Asian Myeloma Network (AMN) Brings Clincal Trials to Cancer Patients in Asia and Provides Early Access to Effective Drugs


A first-of-its-kind multi-centre, multi-country clinical trial on Multiple Myeloma cancer established by the NCIS has produced positive outcomes, benefiting patients not just in Singapore but in Asia. 






Pomalidomide+dexamethasone an option for relapse/refractory myeloma in Asians


The largest multi-centre study in Asia, the AMN 001 clinical trial, conducted via the Asian Myeloma Network, has shown to double the survival rates of Myeloma patients in Asia who do not respond well to standard treatment. Prof Chng Wee Joo, Director and Senior Consultant, NCIS, who is also the lead investigator of the trial, sheds key insights on the study. 






E-consultations a boon for patients

 

Video calls with doctors will become common in public healthcare sectors soon. This new consultation platform will be rolled out at the NCIS from mid-2017 onwards. 

 

 


 

Apr 2017


Doctor turns bone marrow donor


Dr Ivan Tham, Head and Senior Consultant, Department of Radiation Oncology, NCIS, was honoured at the Bone Marrow Donor Programme’s Celebration of Heroes event as one of the bone marrow donors. Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, the BMDP’s patron, was at the event to present 48 bone marrow donors with their awards for showing “extraordinary volunteerism” and saving lives.





 

A mixed report card for Smart Nation initiatives


As part of Singapore's Smart Nation initiatives, the NCIS is on board the national platform for telemedicine, which is scheduled to be launched from mid-2017 onwards.






National video consultation platform for healthcare needs launched

 

Following Singapore's nationwide implementation of video consultation for video services, the NCIS will be utilising this platform from mid-2017 onwards. Via this initiative, patients can communicate with healthcare professionals for care on issues such as post-stroke needs, communicable diseases, and cancer. 


 


 

将化疗药水导入胃部 新疗法助胃癌末期病患延长寿命


The NCIS has come up with a new treatment, using Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy for patients with late-stage stomach cancer. Under this targeted treatment, the chemo fluid will be inserted directly into the stomach area. Of the 22 patients who participated in the clinical trial, more than half of the patients had their lifespan extended more than 16 months, which was comparatively longer than the usual three to six months for such patients undergoing the traditional treatment. Prof Jimmy So, Head & Senior Consultant, Division of Surgical Oncology, NCIS, was interviewed for this exclusive story. 





 

Zuellig Pharma launches new innovation centre

 

Following the launch of Zuellig Pharma's new innovation centre which consists of virtual doctors providing patients with tailored health advice, while acknowledging the benefits of new digital solutions to patients, Dr David Tan, Consultant, Department of Haematology-Oncology, NCIS, also highlighted that medical treatment's personal touch will still be necessary.


 


 

Mar 2017

 

Drug combo doubles myeloma survival rate

 

Hope for Myeloma patients as a new drug combination tested in the largest multi-centre trial conducted in Asia led by Professor Chng Wee Joo, Director and Senior Consultant, NCIS, doubles the survival rates of patients who did not respond well to standard treatment. 


 

 


 

Feb 2017

 

有患癌家族史 须及早做乳癌基因检测


For those with a family history of Breast Cancer, Dr David Tan, Consultant, Department of Haematology-Oncology, NCIS, recommends undergoing the BRCA gene test, which will serve as a good indication for planning and precautionary measures for posterity.





 

Lion-hearted fighter beats the odds

 

Boy with rare form of Leukaemia gets a second chance of life with cord blood from his newborn sister and stem cells from his mother.


 


 

Silver linings, even as childhood cancer rates rise

 

Despite the increase in childhood cancer rates, a silver lining exists in the form of better survival rates. Associate Professor Allen Yeoh, Senior Consultant, Division of Paediatric Haematology-Oncology, NCIS, provides key insights on the management and treatment of childhood cancer. 





 

Patient challenges SMC ruling on plastic surgeon over alleged botched breast reconstruction

 

Dr Ong Wei Chen, Senior Consultant, Division of Surgical Oncology, NCIS and Division of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Department of Surgery, NUH, weighs in on the aim of breast reconstructive surgery.  


 



Jan 2017


New test helps detect nose cancer earlier


Local researchers have developed a new blood test to detect traces of virus associated with Nose Cancer. Dr Lim Chwee Ming, Consultant, Division of Surgical Oncology (Head and Neck Surgery), NCIS, said the amount of BamHI-W detected through the blood test after cancer treatment could help an oncologist decide if a patient needs additional chemotherapy after the main or initial treatment to kill any cancer cells that may be left behind.

 

 




Acute Leukaemia patients are getting a new lease of life, thanks to stem cell transplants. Dr Michelle Poon, Senior Consultant, Department of Haematology-Oncology, NCIS, writes about the treatment options and outcomes of Acute Leukaemia.