The increasing use of social media and online reviews has made it easier for patients to comment publicly—on Facebook and Google reviews, for instance—on the care they receive. Positive comments are heartening for any healthcare professional to read.
The recurrent waves of the COVID-19 pandemic are having a significant impact on healthcare workers, and Medical Protection has called for more to be done globally to ensure that medical professionals have quick access to mental wellbeing support.
Head and neck cancers encompass a wide spectrum of disease, ranging from carcinomas of the upper aerodigestive tract (oral cavity, pharynx, larynx), to tumours of the skin and salivary glands, to sinonasal malignancies.
Lung Cancer Network Malaysia (LCNM), a newly minted non-governmental organization seeks to improve lung cancer awareness in the country. Founders Dr Anand Sachithanandan, a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon, and Dr Tho Lye Mun, a consultant clinical oncologist, sat down with MIMS Doctor to talk about their aspirations for the society and their hopes with regards to lung cancer treatment.
Nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) is a disease in which cancer cells develop from the tissues of the nasopharynx – an area located behind the nose, just above the back of the throat. Chinese from endemic regions such as Hong Kong and Southern China have the highest risk of getting NPC. NPC is the ninth most common cancer among men in Singapore with the highest incidence in Chinese followed by Malays and is rare among Indians. [Singapore Cancer Registry Annual Registry Report, Trends in Cancer Incidence in Singapore 2015]
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Case 1: A 59-year-old gentleman with advanced HCC was referred to our centre for management. He had a history of diabetes, hypertension and ischaemic heart disease. He was a nondrinker and not a carrier of hepatitis B or C.
Case 2: A 65-year-old man with a history of alcoholic cirrhosis and oesophageal varices was found to have rising AFP levels on routine follow-up. He also had a 3-year history of diabetes and was on diet control, with an HbA1cof 6.2 percent and fasting glucose of 6.8 mmol/L. He did not need any diabetic medications.
The eighth most common cancer among women in Singapore, the incidence of thyroid cancer has increased exponentially in the past decades. Fortunately, the most common types of thyroid cancer carry an excellent prognosis and are rarely the cause of mortality if detected early and treated.
At the recent forum “Improving Access to Affordable Cancer Treatments in Malaysia”, the issue of treatment costs was discussed by panellists from the Ministry of Health (MOH) and pharmaceutical industry representatives.
According to the Singapore Cancer Registry, ovarian cancer was the fifth most frequent cancer among women in Singapore and accounted for 5.4 percent of all female cancers diagnosed between 2011 and 2015, with an increasing incidence rate through the last four decades.