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

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?

Achieving Cure in Breast Cancer with Adjuvant Chemotherapy

Achieving Cure in Breast Cancer with Adjuvant Chemotherapy

Mrs Y, 38, was recently diagnosed with left breast cancer and she underwent left mastectomy and axillary clearance 3 weeks ago. HPE report: Infiltrating ductal cancer, grade 3, pT3N0M0 (stage 2), ER negative, HER2 negative, LVI positive, margin clear. She was planned for adjuvant chemotherapy and radiotherapy to left chest wall. Introduction Mrs Y wanted … Continue reading Achieving Cure in Breast Cancer with Adjuvant Chemotherapy

Head and Neck Cancer (HNC): Make Sense Campaign (MSC)

Head and Neck Cancer (HNC): Make Sense Campaign (MSC)

Make Sense Campaign (MSC) Make Sense Campaign (MSC) is a health campaign in Europe to raise awareness in head and neck cancer. The aim of the campaign are to raise awareness of head and neck cancer and ultimately improve outcomes for patients with the disease. How to achieve the above objectives? Educating patients on disease … Continue reading Head and Neck Cancer (HNC): Make Sense Campaign (MSC)