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ON THE FRONTLINES OF CANCER

Instantly relatable, Dr Lim Hwee Yong reveals why he decided to pursue a career in oncology and how his passion for this demanding profession is constantly renewed. COVER STORY We are just beginning to realise that our body has the ability to selfregulate. It is a balance […]

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FDA Approves Osimertinib for First-Line Treatment of Metastatic NSCLC With Most Common EGFR Mutations

On April 18, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved osimertinib (Tagrisso) for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors have epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) exon 19 deletions or exon 21 L858R mutations, as detected by an FDA-approved […]

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LIFE AS YOU KNOW IT

ONE OF THE KEY ADVANCES IN CANCER TREATMENT IS DOCTORS’ ABILITY TO CONTROL SIDE EFFECTS. “Even if it was your diet that caused the cancer, the tumour has been there for the past few decades, and a few days of changing your diet is not going to treat […]

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All Cancers Are Treatable

When caught early, all cancers are treatable. The trouble is that many patients are in avoidance or denial, which loses them precious treatment time. By Dr Lim Hwee Yong, Medical Oncologist Before the turn of the millennium, there were very few cancer treatment drugs available for solid […]

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Cancer overview

Q. WHAT IS THE LIKELIHOOD OF AN INDIVIDUAL BEING STRUCK BY CANCER? It’s a modern-day, developed country epidemic. The No. 1 killer. There is up to 40% chance of lifetime risk of getting cancer. Q. IS THE INCIDENCE OF CANCER RISING OR IS THE HIGHER INCIDENCE DOWN […]

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Breathe Easy

The Good News? Lung cancer is no longer the death sentence it was a decade or two ago. The bad news? More non-smokers are getting the disease. We are all well aware of the biggest downside of a smoking habit: lung cancer. It used to be a cancer […]

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“No. 1 killer”

Dr Lim said: “In Singapore, cancer is the No. 1 killer and projected figures show that one in two men and four in 10 women will contract some kind of cancer in their lifetime.” He explained that as people live longer, it is more likely that they will […]

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CANCER

DOCTORS AREN’T GIVING UP IN THE FACE OF CANCER AND, NOW, THANKS TO MODERN MEDICINE, NEITHER SHOULD YOU. Few diseases are as dreaded and as prevalent as cancer. It’s the developed world’s greatest affliction, and one of the last frontiers of medicine that man has yet to […]

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Cancer Pain

As a young medical student more than 20 years ago, cancer is a disease that fascinates me. Cancer was becoming an important health condition in the developed world. A diagnosis of cancer has high impact upon the patient, the family and the society. The complexity of the […]

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Tapping on Technology for Cancer Treatment

Cancer is a medical condition where uncontrollable cell growth, both in terms of size and number, leads to malignant tumours. When detected early, cancer is mostly treatable. Dr Lim Hwee Yong, a senior consultant and medical oncologist at the Novena Cancer Centre said: “Treatment options include utilising […]

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