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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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The Silent Disease – Neuroendocrine Cancer

NEUROENDOCRINE CANCER STARTS IN the neuroendocrine system, which is made up of cells that integrate the characteristics of traditional endocrine cells (or hormone-producing cells) and nerve ells. Neuroendocrine cells are found throughout the body in organs such as the thyroid, lungs, pancreas, urogenital tract and gastrointestinal tract. […]

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The Truth About Cancer

Recent projections from the Singapore government appear fairly alarming: the report tells us that approximately 50% of all Singaporean men are likely to develop some kind of cancer in their lifetime, while the same is true for approximately 40% of all Singaporean women. Cancer is quickly becoming […]

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Nothing To Fear

Cancer does not have to be the end of the world. Latest research promises new hope. Consider for a second the possibility that cancer is already inside your body. Cellular damage takes place every day; if the mechanism that controls and repairs cell mutations breaks down, healthy […]

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The Masked Invader

The Masked Invader

Although less common, neuroendocrine cancer is unusually aggressive in Asians and is often overlooked because the symptoms are common to many other diseases. Neuroendocrine cancer occurs in the cells of the neuroendocrine system. It is an insidious invader which causes a wide range of symptoms that could be attributed to other […]

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New Hope For Breast Cancer

New Hope For Breast Cancer

Even though the rate of breast cancer is rising, more effective and targeted treatments give new hope for the afflicted. Cancer remains an important and significant health problem globally and in Singapore it is responsible for the largest proportion of deaths. The most common cancer in women is breast cancer. Like other […]

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The Story of Amanda

The Story of Amanda

Living well with late stage ovarian cancer Amanda, the 50-year-old lady whose story started this article, is an otherwise healthy and cheerful lady who is full of energy. Because she was usually healthy and does not like visiting doctors, she has held off her diagnosis and treatment […]

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Molecular And Genetic Frontiers Of Cancer Treatment

Molecular And Genetic Frontiers Of Cancer Treatment

As more is understood about the make-up of genes, and technology allows oncologists to see the finer details of the micro-molecular and genetic structure of cancer cells, treatments now attack rogue cells at the very core. One of the hallmarks of cancer is the way the cells behave. Normally, cells […]

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New Ways To Decimate Cancer

New Ways To Decimate Cancer

Recent developments in immunotherapy bring promise and hope to patients in advanced stages of cancer. New evolution in oncological therapeutics can not only completely cure cancer in more instances, they can now be administered with much less (in some cases minimal) side effects and are able to prolong a patient’s life by many years. Within cancer therapeutics, immunotherapeutic drugs […]

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