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Monthly Archives: June 2015

  • Dr Tan Wu Meng, a Consultant and Medical Oncologist at Parkway Cancer Centre, writes about the history of cancer treatment and takes a peek at the future. My work as a medical oncologist has both professional and personal meaning. I have family members who battled cancer. Some survived and lived to a ripe old age. […]

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  • Cancers can affect anyone from an infant to an elderly person. But childhood cancers are extremely rare: Each year, 30 to 40 out of a million kids suffer from acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, the most common type of cancer in children. And three out of four children diagnosed with cancer in Singapore survive into adulthood. Dr […]

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  • Doctors and staff at PCC’s CanHOPE centre in Ho Chi Minh City make special efforts to know their patients well. Dr Duong Phong Nghi knows every patient at the CanHOPE centre in Ho Chi Minh City by name. The 48-year-old started the centre 10 years ago and has attended his fair share of parties, as […]

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  • The kidneys are crucial in helping the body clear toxins but what happens when uncontrolled toxic cancer cells develop in one or both of them? This uncommon cancer has been rising in incidence in recent years.   What is kidney cancer? Our kidneys, which lie behind the stomach and on either side of the spine, […]

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  • Even before the workshop started, a 47-year-old participant lamented: “I started juicing after reading the health benefits online, but later, I was told that the juices have high sugar content and are a bad idea. Now I’m really confused.” She was not the only one who had heard such conflicting messages. While juicing is a […]

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  • Parkway’s new radiation oncology centre at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital features the Varian TrueBeam system. Dr Lee Kuo Ann, a Consultant Radiation Oncologist at Parkway Cancer Centre, tells us more about it. What is the Varian TrueBeam system and how does it make a difference? TrueBeam is a radiotherapy and radio-surgery treatment system that is […]

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  • It is never easy to tell someone that he or she has an incurable cancer, and especially if the patient is seeing you for the first time. However, that’s the unenviable task that I’m faced with almost every day. Madam Hor, a 53-year-old Chinese lady, saw me a few months ago. She had complained of […]

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  • I have just returned from my annual trip to the United States. Every year, on the first weekend of June, tens of thousands of cancer specialists gather in Chicago, Illinois to listen and share the latest advances in cancer management. This year, the buzzword resounding in the colossal halls was “immunotherapy”. Even before the meeting, there was great expectation that […]

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