Author: Dr Ng Boon Huat, Clinical Oncologist, Malaysia

Management of Bone Metastasis with Radiotherapy

Management of Bone Metastasis with Radiotherapy

Introduction In solid tumours, bone metastasis most commonly happen in prostate, breast and lung cancers. In vertebra spine, bone metastasis can cause catastrophic compression fracture (bone fracture that compresses the spinal cord) which leads to: paraplegia (paralysis of both lower legs) quadriplegia (paralysis of both upper and lower limbs if compression fracture happened at higher … Continue reading Management of Bone Metastasis with Radiotherapy

Cancers Can Be Cured

Cancers Can Be Cured

Above is one of the chemotherapy that is used to fight against many different types of cancer. It's effective in curing cancer at early stages, controlling advanced cancer and palliate (providing patients with symptoms relief) at late stage.  Instead, patients choose apricot seed, snake grass leaves, Vit B17 or others. There is always newer 'treatments/ … Continue reading Cancers Can Be Cured

Advanced/ Stage 4 Lung Cancer: Approved Immunotherapy in 2nd Line Treatment (Part 1 of 2)

Advanced/ Stage 4 Lung Cancer: Approved Immunotherapy in 2nd Line Treatment (Part 1 of 2)

The above are called immune checkpoint inhibitors (nivolumab, pembrolizumab, atezolizumab) that target and bind to PD-1 or PD-L1, denying PD-1 and PD-L1 linkage. PD-1 is receptors on activated T-cells while PD-1 ligand, PD-L1, is present in normal cells (and also in some tumor cells). Linkage of PD-1 and PD-1 ligand (PD-L1) will cause T-cells to … Continue reading Advanced/ Stage 4 Lung Cancer: Approved Immunotherapy in 2nd Line Treatment (Part 1 of 2)

Complaint. Explanation. Understanding?

Complaint. Explanation. Understanding?

Our government is doing its very best to provide quality yet affordable healthcare for all. Affordable doesn't mean it should be free. Affordable means 'reasonably priced' and at lower cost to patients. Expecting treatment for RM1 or RM5 or free is just not sustainable at all in the long term as the cost of treatment escalates … Continue reading Complaint. Explanation. Understanding?

Lung Cancer Screening: Reducing Lung Cancer Death

Lung Cancer Screening: Reducing Lung Cancer Death

In this study, participants aged 55-74 years old, who had history of cigarette smoking >30 years or former smokers who had quit within 15 years were screened using low-dose CT (LDCT) or chest X-ray (CXR), yearly for three consecutive years. Results Those who had yearly LDCT screening had higher number of lung cancer diagnosed when … Continue reading Lung Cancer Screening: Reducing Lung Cancer Death