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15
Apr
2024

Kafe meriah jadi ‘rumah terbuka’ Raya, temukan artis baru dan lama (Lively cafe becomes Raya ‘open house’, meeting new and senior artistes)

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​The R&W Bikerz Cornerz cafe in Changi Village recently hosted a festive event celebrating Hari Raya Puasa. Ms Maisarah Dhaniyah, Senior Patient Service Associate, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS), who performed in her personal capacity, was called a young talent. She expressed appreciation for the chance to perform alongside established artists, highlighting the intergenerational collaboration.

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13
Apr
2024

癌症治疗影响心脏功能 患者接受专科护理后趋稳 (Cancer treatment affected heart function; patient’s condition stabilised after specialist care)

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National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS), is the first in the region to be recognised as a Global Centre of Excellence in Cardio-Oncology – an achievement that highlights the unique collaboration between NUHCS and National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS) in addressing the critical intersection of heart disease and cancer. The Cardio-Oncology team, comprising Dr Tan Li Ling and Dr Koo Chieh Yang Christopher from the Department of Cardiology at NUHCS, presented findings which reveal that cancer patients may benefit from personalised heart care. 

Media highlighted the journey of Mdm Lim, a stage 4 breast cancer patient who was co-managed by NUHCS and NCIS after she experienced a decline in heart function during her cancer treatment. The Cardio-Oncology team treated Mdm Lim’s heart condition, which involved starting her on cardiac medications that would be beneficial to the heart and close cardiac monitoring while she continued treatment for her cancer. 

With continued cancer treatment and regular follow-up reviews, both Mdm Lim’s cancer and heart function are now under control and she is looking forward to training as a dragon boater in the coming weeks.

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12
Apr
2024

Personalised heart care for cancer patients: NUHCS recognised in emerging field of cardio-oncology

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2
Apr
2024

Princess of Wales’ diagnosis highlights rise in cancer cases among under-50s

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Dr Gloria Chan, Consultant, Department of Haematology-Oncology, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore, said the search for the cause of a rising trend in young-onset cancers worldwide is still ongoing. She explained the "birth-cohort" effect, where patients who are born in 1990 are four times more likely to develop young-onset colorectal cancer than those born in 1950.

Prof Jimmy So, Head and Senior Consultant, Division of General Surgery (Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery), Department of Surgery, National University Hospital; Head and Senior Consultant, Division of Surgical Oncology, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore, said that despite advancements in medical imaging and non-invasive diagnostic techniques, screening methods have their limitations in sensitivity and specificity. Dr Daniel Huang, Consultant, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, National University Hospital, said a study published in Jama Network in 2023 suggested that increased screening is unlikely to be the main driver of the rising rates of early-onset cancers. 

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2
Apr
2024

Early cancer awareness and prevention

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In a live interview, Dr Sreyes Ravi, Resident Physician, Department of Radiation Oncology, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore, discussed the cancers common among the Indian population. He also shared about the national cancer screening programmes that are available and the importance of early cancer detection for better treatment outcomes.

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31
Mar
2024

Princess of Wales’ diagnosis highlights rise in cancer cases among those under 50

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​Dr Gloria Chan, Consultant, Department of Haematology-Oncology, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore, said the search for the cause of a rising trend in young-onset cancers worldwide is still ongoing. She explained the "birth-cohort" effect, where patients who are born in 1990 are four times more likely to develop young-onset colorectal cancer than those born in 1950.

Prof Jimmy So, Head and Senior Consultant, Division of General Surgery (Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery), Department of Surgery, National University Hospital; Head and Senior Consultant, Division of Surgical Oncology, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore, said that despite advancements in medical imaging and non-invasive diagnostic techniques, screening methods have their limitations in sensitivity and specificity. Dr Daniel Huang, Consultant, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, National University Hospital, said a study published in Jama Network in 2023 suggested that increased screening is unlikely to be the main driver of the rising rates of early-onset cancers. 

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27
Mar
2024

Kate Middleton’s cancer diagnosis – what you thought you knew about cancer might be wrong

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Prof Jimmy So, Head and Senior Consultant, Division of General Surgery (Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery), Department of Surgery, National University Hospital (NUH); Head and Senior Consultant, Division of Surgical Oncology, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS), said it is not uncommon for cancer to go undetected until surgery, due to the often non-specific nature of cancer symptoms. He talked about the limitations in diagnostic techniques and how medical advancements such as targeted therapies benefit patients. 

Dr Lim Li Min, Consultant, Division of Gynaecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, NUH, and Division of Gynaecologic Oncology, NCIS, listed the symptoms that should prompt people to seek medical attention, such as unexplained weight loss and loss of appetite.

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9
Mar
2024

How often you should get a cancer screening and why tumour-marker tests don't always detect cancer

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Dr Samuel Ow, Senior Consultant, Department of Haematology-Oncology, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore, explained how colonoscopy can potentially detect colorectal cancer at a very early stage, even in a pre-cancerous stage. For all cancers, he said it is important to follow the recommended screening schedule, or as advised by a doctor.

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4
Mar
2024

S’pore scientists create way to preserve cancer tumour cultures for better targeted drug testing

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Commenting on a new technology that uses hydrogel to preserve cancer tumours for drug testing, Prof Lee Soo Chin, Head and Senior Consultant, Department of Haematology-Oncology, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS), said patient outcomes would improve if the method is proven to be able to accurately select the best drug for the patient. She cited a 2021 NCIS trial on six patients with advanced gastric cancer, where drugs were tested on cancer cells from patients extracted during their biopsy to see if they would be effective, prior to putting patients through treatment.

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17
Feb
2024

Singapore Cancer Society to roll out rehab, cancer screening services as it marks 60th anniversary

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​The Singapore Cancer Society announced at its 60th anniversary event a series of initiatives focused on early detection and cancer care. It will offer its community rehabilitation services at National University Cancer Institute, Singapore, to expand its outreach to patients living in the west.

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12
Feb
2024

Study links certain types of gut bacteria to pre-cancerous growths in colon

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​Dr Jonathan Lee, Consultant, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Department of Medicine, National University Hospital (NUH), is part of a team behind a new study that has linked certain types of gut bacteria to specific pre-cancerous colorectal polyps. He said if people could manipulate what they eat plus their innate microbes, they can get a better outcome towards cancer prevention. He added that Singapore researchers at National University of Singapore, NUH, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and A*STAR are studying local data, paving the way for a locally validated microbial test kit for colorectal cancer.

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11
Feb
2024

How long can a person have cancer and not know something is wrong?

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Dr Samuel Ow, Senior Consultant, Department of Haematology-Oncology, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore and Singapore Cancer Society’s council member and chairperson of the society’s community health committee shared why early detection is crucial for effective cancer treatment and that individuals should not ignore early unexplained symptoms that are persistent.

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3
Feb
2024

Tackling costs of cancer treatment

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A commentary by Ms Lorna Tan, head of financial planning literacy at DBS Bank, covered the findings of a survey designed by National University Cancer Institute, Singapore and local think-tank Research For Impact, which underscored the importance of financial literacy in comprehending the financial implications of a cancer diagnosis. Among the 1,200 respondents who had not had a cancer diagnosis, about four in 10 said they would not be financially prepared to manage the costs of cancer treatment while for those with health and/or critical illness insurance, only five per cent were “very confident” that their policies could fully cover the cost of cancer treatment.

Ms Tan opined that it was prudent for everyone to review their insurance needs regularly in the light of family medical history and individual circumstances. Moving ahead, policymakers, clinicians, medical social workers and financial professionals have crucial roles to play in mitigating the impact of financial toxicity on cancer patients and their families.

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2
Feb
2024

Man tells those who avoid him that cancer is not contagious

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Mr Leonard Cheok was diagnosed with stage 2 colorectal cancer in 2016. He underwent surgery and had a stoma created to remove waste, but opted not to undergo chemotherapy. He spoke at the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS) outreach event, “Fighting Cancer, Living Stronger”, at Kampung Admiralty Community Plaza on 27 January, ahead of World Cancer Day on 4 February. He recalled a nurse at National University Hospital found him jovial and suggested that he share his experience with newly diagnosed patients to encourage them.

His doctor, Adj A/Prof Chee Cheng Ean, Executive Director and Senior Consultant, Department of Haematology-Oncology, NCIS, said at least one-third of patients express concerns about undergoing chemotherapy. She added that doctors ensure that patients are provided the necessary information to make an informed decision. 

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1
Feb
2024

Bayar kurang 2 peratus kos rawatan barah dengan bantuan sosial perubatan (Paid less than 2 percent of cancer treatment costs with medical financial assistance)

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​National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS) patient Mr Abdul Rashid Zainudin received assistance from Ms Alexis Koh, Principal Medical Social Worker, National University Hospital who helped him apply and secure financial assistance for his cancer treatment costs. Ms Koh shared that as medical social workers, their role is to provide counselling and psychological support to patients in dealing with their illness and other issues arising from it. With medical social workers present to alleviate such burdens, patients can focus on their treatment and recovery process. 

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