Cancer care is complex and costly. The burden on patients and their families can be significant. The sufferings are often both physical and emotional. At the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS), we believe that Every Person Matters. Throughout the patients' journey with their cancer, regardless of care setting, our multi-disciplinary teams will provide coordinated and holistic care that is patient-centric. At the Yong Siew Yoon Wing in the National University Hospital (NUH) Medical Centre, we have a one-stop facility with all essential services under one roof aaccessible for our patients. Working with our partners in our regional health network, our patients benefit from continuity of care in the community and their homes in an integrated fashion.
The survival of patients has greatly improved. Through patient education, disease support groups and supportive care programmes offered in our Health Resource Centre, we empower patients and their families to better cope with their disease. Our public outreach programmes raise cancer awareness and support cancer screening efforts.
Despite improvement in treatment and outcome, many cancers are still not curable. At the NCIS, we embrace the challenge of finding cures for cancer through innovative and research. We focus on early access to novel treatments through clinical trials, personalised cancer treatment through genetics, and harnessing the immune system to treat cancer.
To ensure sustainability of our anti-cancer efforts, we are heavily involved in training the next generation of cancer warriors to front the fight against cancer.
NCIS is one of two National Specialty Centres in Singapore dedicated to the treatment of patients with cancer. As part of the National University Health System, NCIS is focused on achieving excellence in clinical care, research and academic leadership.
These efforts and concepts are encapsulated in our Total Cancer Care Philosophy, which tackles cancer through a multi-pronged approach with the patient at its core. With this fundamental underpinning, the NCIS is built to last through the 21st century and beyond.
Professor Chng Wee Joo
National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS)