Not all lung cancers are of the same type, stage or treated similarly. In a nutshell... A. Targeted therapy For stage 4 lung adenocarcinoma (subset of NSCLC), further testing of EFGR and EML4-ALK mutation are routinely done in Malaysia. ROS1 rearranged mutation driver testing is not routinely done although targetable treatment is available. Those with … Continue reading Stage 4 Lung Cancer: Targeted therapy & Immunotherapy. Which to Start?
Author: Dr Ng Boon Huat, Clinical Oncologist, Malaysia
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)
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?
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
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