Author: Dr Ng Boon Huat, Clinical Oncologist, Malaysia

Good News for Breast Cancer Patients (with HER2-positive)

Good News for Breast Cancer Patients (with HER2-positive)

The first paragraph summed it well - drastic price reduction would enable more breast cancer patients with HER2-positive to be treated with trastuzumab. Trastuzumab treatment is heavily subsidised for patients who fits certain strict criterias in government hospitals. For these patients, this news won't affect them. Who will it benefit then? Besides adhering to KKM … Continue reading Good News for Breast Cancer Patients (with HER2-positive)

Advanced cancer/ Stage 4: When Will I Die?

Advanced cancer/ Stage 4: When Will I Die?

Mr C, who is in his early 60s, was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer came with his two daughters for consultation. At the end of the consultation, one of the daughter accompanied her dad to go for venepuncture. The other daughter stayed back and ask, "Doc, how long will my dad be able to live?" … Continue reading Advanced cancer/ Stage 4: When Will I Die?

Important Roles of PET-CT in Cancer Management

Important Roles of PET-CT in Cancer Management

Why PET-CT? Proper management of cancer requires accurate diagnosis and staging of the cancer. This is to ensure there is no Under-treatment, for example, missing potential curative treatment in oligometastatic (primary cancer with limited metastatic disease) cancer or small lymph nodes not clearly noticed from CT images. Over-treatment in widely disseminated cancer, saving patients from … Continue reading Important Roles of PET-CT in Cancer Management

Meeting With Alex Lee

Meeting With Alex Lee

I'm very fortunate to meet with Alex Lee, who had been involved in charity work and volunteering for the past 6 years. Seeing the waiting, delays and sufferings encountered by cancer patients, he had been bringing a lot of cancer patients for immediate treatment with help from public and some at his own cost. Truly … Continue reading Meeting With Alex Lee

Breast Reconstruction in Breast Cancer; To Do Before or After Radiotherapy?

Breast Reconstruction in Breast Cancer; To Do Before or After Radiotherapy?

Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Oncoplastic breast surgery is an advancement in breast cancer surgery to achieve widened surgical margin and to optimize cosmetic outcome while maintaining reduced local recurrence rate altogether. The importance of a woman's breasts shouldn't be underestimated as it provide a sense of being whole to a woman. Some women would rather avoid … Continue reading Breast Reconstruction in Breast Cancer; To Do Before or After Radiotherapy?