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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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Most times, there are very little signs or symptoms of growth in the brain. It can also present with innocuous headaches if there is a rise in intracranial pressure. These headaches are usually progressive and get worse over time . There may be associated with nausea and vomitin...
5 Dec 2019
Fibroadenomas are among the most common non-cancerous (benign) breast lumps in young women. They typically present as painless, highly mobile and firm nodules within the breast. Mammograms and breast ultrasounds are often used for further evaluation depending on the risks, an...
3 Dec 2019
Early prostate cancer is usually asymptomatic i.e. there are no symptoms . Men with prostate cancer are usually detected based on abnormal examination during digital rectal examination where nodules are felt on the prostate gland and/or due to abnormal blood investigations (ele...
14 Nov 2019

A Comprehensive Guide to Colorectal Cancer in Singapore (2019)

A Comprehensive Guide to Colorectal Cancer in Singapore (2019)

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 tell-tale 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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Constipation does not increase the risk of colorectal cancer. It is a common myth that constipation will increase the exposure of "toxic" contents in stools to the colonic cells, thereby increasing the risk of colorectal cancer. However, patients who suffer from constipati...
6 Nov 2019

An Oncologist's Ultimate Guide to Lung Cancer Treatment in Singapore (2019)

An Oncologist's Ultimate Guide to Lung Cancer Treatment in Singapore (2019)

Lung cancer is the 2nd most common cancer in Singaporean men. In women, it is the 3rd most common. Cancer happens when abnormal cells grow into tumours. When this affects the lungs, it can hinder breathing functions.

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 its risk factors, diagnosis, and new treatment methods!

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If you are referring to skin cysts, these are generally benign but has the risk of increasing in size or becoming inflamed and infected over time . An experienced doctor can usually diagnose a cyst from its clinical appearance. Common ways of removing cysts are: Drainage ...
4 Sep 2019
There are 2 types of colostomy : temporary and permanent. During colorectal cancer surgery, the segment of bowel containing the cancer is removed and healthy bowels are joined back together to form a joint, or what surgeons call an anastomosis. For cancers that are near the an...
23 Nov 2018
Colon cancer surgery is complex and requires a team of specialists, nurses and specialised equipment. The average number of days in hospital is 7-10 days after the operation. As the cost depends on the complexity of the case and the technique used, it is difficult to quote a numb...
23 Nov 2018
Hi Eli thank you for your direct to doctor query. Sorry to hear about your breast cancer diagnosis. Whether you need chemotherapy depends on the stage of your cancer and specific cancer characteristics. I agree with Dr Lim Hwee Yong , there are very established treatment algorith...
9 Nov 2018
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