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

Make Sense Campaign (MSC) MSC is a health campaign in Europe to raise awareness in head and neck cancer (HNC). 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 prevention (risk…… Continue reading Head and Neck Cancer (HNC): Make Sense Campaign (MSC)

Colorectal Cancer (CRC): Benefits of Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Stage III CRC

Adjuvant treatment Adjuvant treatment is treatment given after primary treatment (eg. surgery, radiotherapy) to fully eradicate any remaining cancer cells. Types of adjuvant treatment for cancer are chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormonal therapy, targeted therapy and biologic therapy.  Why is adjuvant treatment important? Even if the surgery was successful at removing all visible tumor, microscopic cancer cells…… Continue reading Colorectal Cancer (CRC): Benefits of Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Stage III CRC

Metastatic Colorectal Cancer (mCRC): Improving Survival (Left-sided vs Right-sided)

Introduction In metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), optimal treatment in the first-line setting is very important to achieve longer survival. Combination chemotherapy, FOLFOX/ XELOX and FOLFIRI/ XELIRI regimes, are the backbone for mCRC treatment. Improving survival Biologic agents (anti-VEGF, anti-EGFR) were later added to the combination chemotherapy regimes, resulting in longest survival ever seen for metastatic…… Continue reading Metastatic Colorectal Cancer (mCRC): Improving Survival (Left-sided vs Right-sided)

Early Breast Cancer: Importance of Hormonal Therapy in ER-positive Breast Cancer

A young lady in her early 40s had left breast cancer, pT2N2MO (stage III), ER positive, HER2 negative. She completed surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. When I told her that she will need hormonal therapy for up to 10 years based on latest study, she said the study must be pharma-sponsored to encourage longer use of…… Continue reading Early Breast Cancer: Importance of Hormonal Therapy in ER-positive Breast Cancer

Head & Neck Cancer (HNC): Curative Treatment with Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy

A pleasant lady, 53 years old with long standing hypertension, presented with dysphagia symptom for 3 months duration. She was diagnosed with base of tongue SCC, T2N2M0. Discussion in multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings Surgery or definitive concurrent chemo-radiotherapy (CRT)? Surgeon want to operate, I want definitive concurrent CRT (happen all the time, ha3) Rationale? With…… Continue reading Head & Neck Cancer (HNC): Curative Treatment with Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy