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Surgical Oncology

Surgical oncology focuses on the surgical management of tumors, especially cancerous tumors.

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Surgery is still a main cancer treatment option used for diagnosis, staging and even symptom relief.

As a cancer management method, it involves the physical removal of malignant tumours from the body.

For some tumours, cancer surgery may offer the best chance of cure, especially if the cancer is localised. In other cases, it may be used as a primary treatment in conjunction with other prescribed treatments.

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Transanal endoscopic surgery is a method of keyhole surgery without creating a scar by using the anus as a natural orifice access. A camera and 2 small keyhole instruments can be inserted to allow the surgery to be performed. It is used to remove benign growths in the rectum that...
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A Comprehensive Guide to Colorectal Cancer in Singapore (2020)

A Comprehensive Guide to Colorectal Cancer in Singapore (2020)

In Singapore, about 1,900 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer every year. It is the most common form of cancer in men above the age of 50.

Seeing blood in your stools can be frightening. However, it does not always mean that you have colorectal cancer. There are many other telltale signs.  

In this guide, I will cover topics about colorectal cancer that you should know about. They include:

Read on to find out.

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The Ultimate Guide to Lung Cancer by a Singapore Oncologist (2020)

The Ultimate Guide to Lung Cancer by a Singapore Oncologist (2020)

Lung cancer is the 2nd-most common cancer in Singaporean men. In women, it is the 3rd-most common cancer.

Cancer happens when abnormal cells grow into tumours. When this affects the lungs, breathing functions can be hindered.

A cancer diagnosis can be scary. The good news is that there are now various new treatments that can greatly increase survival. It is most important to get a treatment that is individualised to your condition.

In this article, I will be discussing everything about lung cancer. Read on to find out more about the risk factors, diagnosis, and new treatment methods!

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