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  • Singapore Oncology Consultants
    committed to our value system of ethical behaviour uncompromising professionalism exemplary actions and innovative cancer care WHAT S UP DOC Colon Cancer and Erbitux Head and Neck Cancer Are You at Risk Personalised medicine the next frontier in Lung Cancer Cancer of the Bone Soy and Breast Cancer Tailoring Treatment According to the Cancer Genes Singapore Oncology Consultants Our Mission is to provide quality cancer treatment at an affordable cost

    Original URL path: http://singaporeoncology.com.sg/ (2013-01-30)
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  • Singapore Oncology Consultants, group medical oncologists | Singapore Oncology Consultants
    in order to prescribe the best treatment Caring Beyond Medicine Our holistic approach is not only appplied to treatment but also towards the patient s mental and emotional well being Our patients have 24 hour access to their oncologists nursing staff and counsellors We explore treatment support aspects with our patients their families and caregivers We understand the importance of making time to build the relationship our patients and to understand their specific needs fears and concerns in order to provide the best care possible After all treatment is a journey that we will embark on together with our patients and it is our duty to make the path towards recovery smooth and positive Personalised Treatment Each patient receives a personalised treatment plan where the latest technologies and treatment options are deployed with compassion and privacy to give them the best possible chance for full recovery Patient centered Care We respect every patient s priorities and preferances As such the care we provide is tailored to enhance their therapy experience Patient centered care also integrates efforts in pain management patient education health care provider to provider communication patient safety and cultural sensitivity to provide a comprehensive approach to treatment Click

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  • Our Consultants | Singapore Oncology Consultants
    Lim Dr Hsieh Wen Son Our Palliative Care Doctor Dr Khin Khin Win Singapore Oncology Consultants Our Mission is to provide quality cancer treatment at an affordable cost through the latest innovations in cancer management Hotline 65 6255 0528 Email enquiry singaporeoncology com sg SOC Alvernia Mount Alvernia Medical Centre SOC Mount Elizabeth Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre SOC Gleneagles Gleneagles Hospital SOC Gleneagles Gleneagles Medical Centre SOC Palliative Care Mt

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  • Treatment Modalities | Singapore Oncology Consultants
    the tumor found in any part of the body according to oncological principles Subsequent pathological investigation then sets the parameters for subsequent treatment recommendations Chemotherapy Recent advances in chemotherapy have definitely improved treatment outcomes for patients and minimized side effects such as hair loss nausea and vomiting Chemotherapy is applied via upfront or induction chemotherapy concurrent chemoradiation adjuvant chemotherapy curative chemotherapy high dose chemotherapy with stem cell rescue and palliative chemotherapy Radiation therapy Radiation therapy works by damaging the DNA in cancer cells thereby destroying the cancer cells The new mode of radiation therapy is to kill enough cancer cells to maximize the probability of cure and minimize the side effects Hormonal therapy The growth of some cancer cells is hormone dependent such as breast and prostate cancers When cancer arises in breast or prostate tissue its growth and spread may be caused by the body hormones Drugs that block hormone production or the hormone receptors on the cancer cell are some ways of fighting these cancers Targeted therapy Targeted therapy is designed to treat only certain cancer cells with particular signals thus minimizing damage to normal healthy cells Drug types such as monoclonal antibodies angiogenesis inhibitors apoptosis inducing drugs

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  • Singapore Oncology Consultants | Singapore Oncology Consultants
    crucial role in detecting cancer in its early stages When cancer is detected early prompt intervention and treatment can lead to improved clinical outcomes and better living 3 Counseling and Support for Patients and Caregivers A cancer diagnosis is often the most frightening experience in one s life In this expect we provide a holistic approach by offering our patients access to our counselors who provide emotional and psychosocial support We are committed to caring beyond medicine 3 Palliative and Pain Management In order enhance quality of life through effective symptom control a team of palliative specialist work via an integrated approach to assess patients during every visit to modify medications and prescribe the latest methods to relieve pain and symptoms associated with side effects of the treatment 4 Home Care support SOC offers home care services to ease and relieve symptoms assist and support nursing care palliative care health education and nutritional counselling all in the comfort of the patient s home surroundings Health Screening Packages SOC Female Cancer Screening Package SOC Male Cancer Screening Package Singapore Oncology Consultants Our Mission is to provide quality cancer treatment at an affordable cost through the latest innovations in cancer management Hotline

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  • Colon Cancer and Erbitux | Singapore Oncology Consultants
    provide quality cancer treatment at an affordable cost through the latest innovations in cancer management Hotline 65 6255 0528 Email enquiry singaporeoncology com sg SOC Alvernia Mount Alvernia Medical Centre SOC Mount Elizabeth Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre SOC Gleneagles Gleneagles

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  • Personalised medicine, the next frontier in Lung Cancer | Singapore Oncology Consultants
    effective What does a personalised approach to cancer treatment mean This means tailoring a patient s treatment according to the biological make up of the tumour as well as certain features of the patient As such several factors his race gender smoking history the type of lung cancer and whether there are mutations of the epidermal growth factor receptor EGFR gene in the cancer cells will be taken into account before the oncologist decides what is the best course of treatment for the patient Studies have shown that personalised medicine have not only produced better results but also improved the patients quality of life Can you share with us some examples of personalised medicine Some advanced lung cancer patients may respond better when anti angiogenic drugs such as bevacizumab which kills cancer cells by starving them of their blood supply are added to the chemotherapy process Others such as extensive stage SCLC patients may be responsive to drugs such as cisplatin and etoposide coupled with radiation therapy If there is EGFR gene mutation in the cancer cells drugs such as gefitinib or erlotinib can be used to kill the cancer cells in the lungs Recently it was found that Asian patients who were non smokers or were light smokers could be treated with gefitinib without having to undergo chemotherapy In what ways is the personalised approach to medicine different from the standard anti cancer treatment In the past patients with advanced lung cancer were treated only with combination cytotoxic chemotherapy and they tended to have uniformly poor results and poor survival rates Nowadays the oncologist will first seek detailed information about the patient as well as examine closely the nature of the tumour in order to prescribe a treatment that is tailor made for his her condition How long does this personalised approach to treating lung cancer last The standard practice is to treat patients with advanced NSCLC with four to six courses of chemotherapy If bevacizumab is deemed beneficial for the patient this drug is given with chemotherapy and continued until the patient shows signs of improvement However if there is EGFR gene mutation in the tumour molecular targeted drugs which target specific molecules involved in the tumour growth can be used instead of chemotherapy for as long as the patient is responding well to the drug It can also be used as maintenance after the initial chemotherapy Radiation is recommended for some patients with Stage IIIA or Stage IV where there is pain due to the cancer spread to the bones or there s obstruction of major blood vessels The procedure varies according to the patient s needs from 10 to 25 radiation treatments over two to five weeks Are there any side effects in using personalised medicine Personalised medicine has fewer side effects compared to past therapies NSCLC patients who use the drug pemetrexed do not suffer from hair loss extreme numbness or a significant drop in their white blood count which are normal occurrences during the

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  • Tailoring Treatment According to the Cancer Genes | Singapore Oncology Consultants
    This type of surgery involves smaller incisions and the recovery time is often shorter than standard colon surgery and the results can be as effective as conventional colon surgery in removing the cancer Less often a person with rectal cancer may need colostomy and this is a surgical opening or stoma through which the colon is connected to the abdominal surface to provide a pathway for waste to exit the body such waste is collected in a pouch worn by the patient Sometimes the colostomy may be temporary to allow the rectum to heal but it may be permanent With modern surgical techniques and the use of radiation therapy and chemotherapy before surgery most people treated for rectal cancer do not need permanent colostomy Some patients may be candidates for surgery on the liver or lungs to remove tumours that have spread to these organs An alternative is to use radiofrequency ablation RFA energy in the form of radiofrequency waves to heat tumours Not all liver or lung tumours can be treated with this approach In some cases RFA can be done through skin in others RFA can be done during surgery While this can allow preservation of liver and lung tissue that might be removed in regular surgical resection there is also a chance that some portions of the tumour will not destroyed using this technique In general the side effects of surgery include pain and tenderness in the area of the operation The operation may also cause constipation or diarrhea which usually goes away after a while People who receive a colostomy may have irritation around the stoma The doctor nurse or a specialist in colostomy management called an enterostomal therapist can teach the patient how to clean the area and prevent infection What about radiation and chemotherapy Radiation therapy is the use of high energy x rays to kill cancer cells and is commonly used for treating rectal cancer because this tumour tends to recur locally A radiation therapy regime schedule usually consists of a specific number of treatments given over a specific time External beam radiation uses a machine to deliver x rays to the site of the body where the cancer is located Radiation treatment is given five days a week for several weeks and may be given at the hospital For rectal cancer radiation therapy may be used before surgery called neoadjuvant therapy to shrink the tumor so that it is easier to remove or after surgery to destroy any remaining cancer cells as both have shown value in treating this disease One recent study found that pre operative radiation therapy in combination with chemotherapy showed greater benefit compared with the same radiation therapy and chemotherapy given after surgery The main benefits included a lower rate of the tumour coming back in the area where it started fewer patients that needed permanent colostomies and fewer problems with scarring of the bowel in the area where the radiation therapy was administered Chemotherapy is often given

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