National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) located in 11 Hospital Drive, Singapore is the country's national centre for the diagnosis, research and treatment of cancer. The centre has Singapore's largest concentration of internationally qualified oncologists. It was originally established in 1993 as a unit of Singapore General Hospital but now it is an autonomous institution belonging to Singapore Healthcare Services.
The primary goal of National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) is to provide excellent medical, surgical, and nursing care to cancer diagnosed patients, including, but not limited to the subspecialists: Breast, Colorectal, Gynae-oncology, Haematology, Head & Neck, Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary, Lymphoma, Neuro-oncology, Paediatric-oncology, Peritoneal-based-Malignancies, Sarcoma, Bone Cancer, Skin & Melanoma, Thoracic-oncology, Thyroid, and Uro-oncology. The care provided is comprehensive and individualized at convenient one stop.
NCCS provides top quality care to patients through a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to cancer treatment. The oncologists have subspecialty interests and correspondingly have tremendous depth of experience. The clinician-scientists are actively engaged in research and clinical trials.
NCCS aims to provide the best quality of care to cancer patients throughout the course of their illness, with the ultimate goal of improving, prolonging and saving lives. As a comprehensive cancer centre, the hospital provides a wide range of services including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, pain and symptom management, palliative care and psychosocial support.
The team of cancer care is comprised of a wide range of health care professionals including physicians (medical, surgical and radiation oncologists as well as other specialized physicians and surgeons as required), nurses, dietitians, physiotherapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other health care specialists as required.
The dedicated team of professionals, coordinated by board-certified oncology specialists, works together to create a personalized treatment plan, specific for you and your type of cancer. NCCS will give you up-to-date and understandable information about your cancer and treatment. Besides, the hospital will explain the results of diagnostic tests and provide specific treatment options.
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Radiation Oncology works with staff from the Hospital to deliver comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care with a focus on delivering highly targeted radiation that limits exposure to normal tissue. The Department's innovative approaches to treatment and its ongoing acquisition of advanced technology have made it a regional resource.
Physicians, physicists, medical dosimetrists, radiation therapists, nurses and nursing assistants, administrators, and clerical staff compose the Department. Members play a key role in National Cancer Centre Hospital's multidisciplinary cancer teams. Nutrition and social work services are also available.
Referring physicians and other oncologists involved in a patient's care are kept fully apprised of those plans and the patient's progress during and after radiation therapy. Patients and their family members actively participate in the collaborative approach to assessing needs and developing treatment plans.
National Cancer Centre Hospital has invested in state-of-the-art radiation technology, equipment, and systems. The most advanced treatment planning and information management software is used by the team to provide an integrated network for fast, efficient radiation planning and treatment that minimizes waiting times.
The goal of radiation therapy is to deliver a high dose of radiation to kill or sterilize cancer cells while at the same time sparing healthy tissue from damage. Several different radiation therapy techniques have been developed to accomplish this. Depending on the type of cancer to be treated, radiation therapy is administered either externally by clinical linear accelerators, or internally by brachytherapy implants for localized contact with the tumor.
Palliative care is a field of healthcare that is committed to promoting the best possible quality of life for patients. It involves excellent pain and symptom management, as well as skills in assessing the psychosocial, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their loved ones.
Physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists and rehabilitation professionals can each have special expertise within the field. While palliative care health care professionals can be helpful for patients living with any disease, the majority of the time is spent serving people living with cancer because of the unique challenges that many cancer patients face.
The palliative care consult team is a group of dedicated health care professionals working together to provide pain and symptom management regardless of stage of disease. The team aims to improve the quality of living and dying for patients and their families coping with challenging, advanced or life threatening illness.
The services include both inpatient consultations and ambulatory care clinic visits. In inpatients units, the palliative care consult team uses unique skill set to address the needs of patients who have been referred by their primary care team. In the outpatient setting, daily specialized clinics are offered to patients who are referred from their primary oncologist
The center offers:
Cancer Care of National Cancer Centre Hospital has identified palliative care as an essential component of high quality cancer care.
It’s no secret that when it comes to cancer, early detection is paramount. Early detection means early treatment, and early treatment saves lives.
National Cancer Centre Hospital serves as imaging experts for cancer cases, sharing images and reports with all physicians and institutions involved and notifying them when the physicians find abnormalities.
The oncology imaging services include:
The success of cancer treatment is partially dependent on the extent of the spread of a tumor. In most cases, this determination is largely based on diagnostic imaging tests and scans. The cancer treatment centers provide the most advanced diagnostic imaging services available.
Your doctor may order different imaging tests during to diagnose or treat your cancer. Some of the more commonly used tests include:
For additional information on oncology imaging services at National Cancer Centre Hospital or to schedule an appointment, call at +65 6436 8000.
During your treatment at National Cancer Centre Hospital, you may encounter a variety of healthcare professionals. Here is information about their roles on the patient care team.
A medical oncologist is a doctor who treats cancer patients with chemotherapy, biologic therapies, or other cancer-fighting drugs. Medical oncologists usually specialize in treating one or more types of cancer that occur in a specific organ or tissue (such as the liver, lungs, bone, blood, or skin), organ system (such as the central nervous system, hormonal system, or reproductive system), or region of the body (such as breast or head and neck). The medical oncologist often coordinates the activities of a patient’s treatment team.
A surgical oncologist is a doctor who uses surgery to remove tumors. Most surgical oncologists specialize in treating one or more types of cancer that occur in a specific organ (such as the liver, lungs, bone, or skin), organ system (such as the nervous or hormonal system), or region of the body (such as breast or head and neck). Many National Cancer Centre Hospital surgeons are trained to use specialized instruments or minimally invasive techniques, such as robotic surgery, laparoscopic surgery, or microsurgery.
A radiation oncologist is a doctor who prescribes radiation therapy (beams of high-energy radiation, or radioactive seed implants) to shrink or eliminate tumors. He or she works together with a medical physicist to create an individualized treatment plan for each patient. Some radiation oncologists specialize in treating one or more types of cancer that occur in a specific organ (such as the prostate, lungs, or bone) or region of the body. Many radiation oncologists at National Cancer Centre Hospital have special expertise in using precisely targeted approaches such as intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT).
An interventional radiologist is a doctor who uses imaging techniques such as CT, ultrasound, and MRI to guide the delivery of treatments directly to a tumor. Interventional radiology procedures — such as tumor ablation (using heat or cold to kill tumor cells) or embolization (using beads or other substances to block a tumor’s blood supply) — are performed with very small incisions. Some interventional radiology procedures are performed in combination with surgery. For some cancers, including breast cancer, interventional radiology techniques are also commonly used in place of surgery to remove tissue for a biopsy (examination of tissue under a microscope).
Nurses play an important role in caring for patients at National Cancer Centre Hospital, and are often the members of the treatment team with whom you will have the most contact. Nurses bring extraordinary knowledge, experience, and expertise to your care, because they specialize in helping people with your particular type of cancer. Nurses will help you through your experience at National Cancer Centre Hospital, whether you are being treated in the hospital or as an outpatient.
At National Cancer Centre Hospital, nurses collaborate with doctors and other members of your patient care team to develop a treatment plan that is right for you. The nurses on your team provide a range of services — administering therapies, monitoring your treatment and watching out for side effects, educating you and your family about what to expect during treatment, and offering emotional support. Nurses also help coordinate your appointments, communicate important information to various members of your patient care team, and keep track of other details related to your treatment. Nurses at National Cancer Centre Hospital maintain a patient-centered focus, placing your needs and preferences first.
A pathologist identifies and classifies different types of cancer by studying the appearance of cells and tissue. Many types of cancer can be identified by the appearance of their cells under a microscope. Pathologists at National Cancer Centre Hospital specialize in characterizing certain types of cancer, and are trained to examine blood cells, cancer cells, or other types of tissue. Some pathologists specialize in looking for genetic abnormalities that are associated with certain diseases or cancers. Pathology results are critical in determining the precise stage (extent) of disease or cancer.
A radiologist, also known as a diagnostic radiologist, is a doctor who uses medical imaging technology, such as x-rays, CT, MRI, or ultrasound, to examine internal organs and other structures. Radiologists interpret information from imaging tests to help make an accurate diagnosis for many types of cancer.
Nuclear Medicine Specialist
A nuclear medicine specialist is a doctor who administers radionuclides (molecules that emit radiation) to help identify cancer. Radionuclides are attached to substances that travel through the body and are absorbed by certain types of cancer. Nuclear medicine specialists use scanners to identify the location of radionuclides in the body, revealing the location of a tumor. They may also administer medicines that deliver a therapeutic dose of radiation to tumors.
Genetic Cancer Specialist
A genetic cancer specialist is a doctor who uses laboratory tests to identify features within a person’s genetic code that can provide a more precise estimate of his or her risk of developing cancer. Genetic cancer specialists also use such biological markers to predict a cancer patient’s response to certain medical treatments.
An anesthesiologist is a doctor who administers medicines that block sensation (such as pain) or awareness during surgical procedures. Anesthesiologists consult with surgeons to develop an anesthesia plan that is tailored to the individual needs of the patient for the duration of a procedure.
An endocrinologist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases that affect the production of hormones. At National Cancer Centre Hospital, endocrinologists focus on diagnosing and treating cancers that begin in hormone-producing glands and organs, including the adrenal, pituitary, thyroid, and parathyroid glands, and in the ovaries, hypothalamus, testes, and pancreas. Some endocrinologists also treat patients who have cancer of the neuroendocrine system, which triggers the production of hormones that regulate growth, development, reproduction, and other bodily functions through the nervous system.
Medical physicists work with radiation oncologists to ensure that each patient receives the appropriate radiation dose during radiation therapy treatments. Medical physicists also work with radionuclides (molecules that emit radiation), which are sometimes used in imaging tests. In addition, medical physicists may perform quality control of radiation therapy equipment.
A radiation therapist is a healthcare professional who administers radiation therapy as prescribed by a radiation oncologist. Radiation therapists educate patients about radiation treatment and its potential side effects. The radiation therapist monitors treatment and shares results with other members of the patient care team.
A physician assistant can perform a variety of healthcare services under the supervision of a doctor. Physician assistants may administer cancer screening tests, conduct physical examinations, order and interpret tests, assist with surgical procedures, prescribe medications, and order chemotherapy. Some physician assistants perform procedures such as lumbar puncture (the removal of cerebral spinal fluid) and biopsy (the removal of fluid or tissue for examination under a microscope). Physician assistants also provide patients with education or information about their cancer.
Patients with certain types of cancer — such as head and neck cancer, stomach cancer, or pancreatic cancer — may have dietary limitations during or after treatment. A nutritionist is a healthcare professional who helps patients plan menus during their hospital stay and after treatment.
Oncology Social Worker
Oncology social workers are available to assist with the emotional, social and physical impact of a cancer diagnosis. They provide counseling and practical assistance, help children cope with their parent’s illness, improve communication with family and friends, teach stress reduction techniques, provide information on community resources and ease adjustment to medical treatment.
A psychiatrist is a doctor who specializes in treating depression and anxiety, which can occur during or after cancer therapy. Psychiatrists can prescribe medications to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, which can help patients adjust to life during or after cancer treatment.
Rehabilitation therapists are licensed healthcare professionals who are trained to help patients regain functions that were compromised during cancer treatment. Rehabilitation therapists specialize in providing physical, occupational, speech, or recreational therapy services. Rehabilitation therapists work closely with physiatrists, who prescribe rehabilitative therapies.
Breast Care Center
Breast Care Center of National Cancer Centre Hospital provides comprehensive breast health care in a welcoming and patient-family centered environment. Services include early detection, diagnostic imaging services, specialist consultation for benign breast conditions, and treatment of breast cancer. Whenever possible, care is coordinated to provide consultations during a single visit. This is particularly convenient for patients living beyond Singapore area.
The team of specialists includes surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists. Non-physician members of the team include a breast certified nurse practitioner, nurses who have received specialized training in breast health and breast cancer, an oncology dietician, an oncology social worker, certified genetic counselors, and patient navigator.
The breast care team meets weekly to develop optimal treatment plans for the patients. The recommendation is then reviewed with the patient and family to keep them well informed and understanding what to expect every step of the way.
Breast Care Center provides screening mammograms and clinical breast exams to aid in screening and the early detection of breast cancer. Upon discovery of a breast lump or an abnormal mammogram, the physicians follow up quickly with the appropriate diagnostic resources, such as:
Treatment options for breast cancer include surgery, medical oncology and radiation therapy (radiation oncology). Clinical trials also are available to qualifying patients.
Surgery: Depending on tumor location, size, grade and node status, surgical options include breast-conserving lumpectomy, quadrantectomy and mastectomy. BCC surgical care is overseen by a sub-specialty fellowship-trained surgical oncologist.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: Before undergoing mastectomy or other surgical treatment, patients can explore options for immediate or delayed reconstructive breast surgery.
Medical Oncology: The latest, most effective standard-of-care chemotherapy, hormonal treatment and trastuzumab (Herceptin®) regimens for all stages of breast cancer are available to patients.
Radiation Oncology: Includes conventional external beam radiation and, for appropriate patients, HDR partial breast irradiation (Mammosite®), a five-day targeted radiation therapy that places the radiation source inside the lumpectomy cavity. MMC’s partial breast irradiation program has been in place since 2005 and has experienced positive results, with patients indicating high satisfaction and minimal side effects.
Clinical Trials: All patients with breast cancer are carefully screened and, when appropriate, offered the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial. The advantage of participating in a clinical trial is that patients may receive newer treatments that are not yet available to the general public but may be more effective. By participating in a clinical trial, patients also will be helping others who are diagnosed with cancer in the future. BCC staff work collaboratively with the oncology specialists, where dozens of active clinical trials are underway.
At National Cancer Centre Hospital Cancer Center, the multidisciplinary medical team works closely to accurately diagnose your liver cancer and help you understand your options so that you can make an informed decision about your treatment. As a national leader in cancer care, National Cancer Centre Hospital has a wealth of experience treating all types of liver cancer. The skilled gastrointestinal oncology team meets regularly to review patient cases and map out a personalized treatment plan. The physicians strive to treat your cancer in the least invasive way possible using innovative surgical techniques and combination therapies that give you the best chance of a successful outcome.
Some doctors are also actively involved in developing new therapies for treating liver cancer. Through clinical trials, National Cancer Centre Hospital is able to offer the patients access to promising treatments and experimental therapies that may not be available elsewhere. Ask your National Cancer Centre Hospital doctor if a clinical trial is right for you.
Treatment for liver cancer depends on the stage, type, and grade of your tumor; status of underlying liver diseases; whether it has invaded other tissues; and your age, health history, and personal goals. Your personalized treatment plan will be created after consultations with physicians within the multidisciplinary team and may include a combination of one or more of the following treatment options: surgery, liver-directed ablative therapy, systemic therapy, and radiation therapy.
National Cancer Centre Hospital liver surgeons offer an individually-tailored surgical approach to liver cancer that integrates the patient’s functional status and stage. The doctors continually develop new approaches to effectively treat this cancer through minimally-invasive (laparoscopic) surgery when appropriate. Other cancer therapies may accompany surgery. Patients who are eligible for surgical removal of their liver tumors have access to National Cancer Centre Hospital surgeons who have experience with this procedure. This technique is used whenever possible, as it offers patients the greatest chance of cure. Patients who are eligible for surgery but have advanced cirrhosis will be referred to the Liver Transplant Center.
For patients whose liver tumors cannot be safely removed by surgery, ablative techniques may provide an alternative to surgery to destroy tumors. These techniques are not curative but could provide relief to cancer symptoms.
Radiation therapy (external or internal) may be used to treat liver cancer to shrink tumors prior to surgery, prevent recurrence after surgery, alleviate pain, or treat disease that has spread. External beam radiation therapy delivers radiation from outside of the body using x-rays. This treatment is frequently done using complex techniques such as 3D-conformal radiation or intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). These are sophisticated techniques that maximize the dose to the tumor while minimizing the radiation delivered to adjacent normal tissues. For patients whose tumors are appropriate, liver tumors can be treated with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), which consists of 3-5 treatments of high dose radiation delivered with great precision. Another option is radioembolization, which is internal radiation delivered to liver tumors using tiny microspheres.
Radiation therapy is administered by National Cancer Centre Hospital radiation oncologists, who were the first in the region to integrate the CT Scan and MRI into treatment planning. National Cancer Centre Hospital is a regional and national leader in the use of cutting edge techniques in radiation therapy to treat patients with many different types of cancer.
The medical oncologists at National Cancer Centre Hospital are regional and national leaders in the treatment of liver cancer. As part of the multidisciplinary team, your medical oncologist will help to determine your personalized treatment plan, which may include systemic therapies, such as targeted therapy, immunotherapy, or chemotherapy, either as standard of care or as part of a clinical trial.
Systemic therapy may be given before or after surgery to patients with invasive or locally advanced liver cancer. It may also be recommended to patients who are diagnosed after the cancer has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic cancer). Liver tumors coming from another source (e.g., colon, stomach, lung) are called metastases. Our multidisciplinary team works together to increase survival rates among these patients.
The Gynaecological oncology multidisciplinary team at National Cancer Centre Hospital comprises experts including oncological surgeons, clinical and medical oncologists, expert radiologists and pathologists, clinical nurse specialists, and research nurses. The hospital looks after women with or suspected of having gynecological cancer.
The gynaecological oncology team participates in national and international trials and is actively involved in the improvements' enhanced recovery after surgery and survivorship initiatives.
The gynaecological cancer surgeons are accredited sub-specialist gynaecological surgeons, and offer expert gynaecological cancer surgery, including minimally invasive approaches (keyhole or laparoscopic surgery), where appropriate.
National Cancer Centre Hospital offers a variety of treatments for all cancers of the female genital tract (womb or endometrial, ovary, cervix, vagina and vulva) including surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. The aim is to provide the most appropriate treatment for the individual, aiming for quality of life after treatment. In order to do this the physicians are closely supported by colleagues in colorectal surgery, urology, anaesthetics and palliative care. Through the Cancer Centre, specialist psychological counselling is available for those with more specialist needs.
The team meets every week to discuss, in confidence, newly referred patients with a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of a gynaecological cancer. The meetings offer a forum for the team members to plan and agree a recommended programme of treatment specific to individual patient needs. This approach ensures that all necessary investigations are carried out as quickly as possible and the best available treatment is offered.
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