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January 2018

Non-toxic spring cleaning

Associate Professor Lee Soo Chin, Head and Senior Consultant, Department of Haematology-Oncology, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS), contributed an article on cancer screening and discussed the reliability of using cancer markers to diagnose cancer.


Cancer treatment in the comfort of home

Profile of an NCIS’ patient, Mr Wong Yek Wan receiving cancer treatment in the comfort of his home. He is one of about 50 patients getting home cancer treatment under the NCIS community and home care programme. NCIS nurses make more 1,000 trips a year to treat cancer patients outside of the hospital. The majority are home visits, with the rest done in the community, such as at polyclinics. 


Cheaper option for bone marrow transplants?

Blood cancer patients may be able to select a cheaper option for bone marrow transplants as the MediShield Life Review Committee will review whether the cover should be extended to outpatient treatment. Prof Chng Wee Joo, Director, NCIS, shared NCIS’ innovative model of care of moving care from inpatient to outpatient and to home/community care with the Straits Times, and added that there would be plans to expand outpatient stem cell treatment to lymphoma patients this year. This move would reduce the need for expensive hospital facilities and benefit patients. The hospital frees up bed and clinic space so more patients can be treated. Patients are saved the trip to the hospital and exposure to infections.