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Updates from American Society of Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting 1-5 June 2018, Chicago, USA
05/06/18    by: Dr Peter Ang

The updates from ASCO Annual Meeting is important & useful information for patients with breast cancer and patients with advanced kidney cancer (renal cell carcinoma) to consider in discussion with their cancer specialists.

American Society of Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting was held from 1 to 5...



Stomach or gastric cancer is a top 10 cancer in Singapore from the Singapore Cancer Registry publication 2008 to 2012. It affects males more than females, and usually after 50 years old. Chinese ethnicity is at a higher risk compared to Malays or Indians in the registry data....


Gastric cancer types

Although lymphoma (such as diffuse large cell lymphoma or MALT lymphoma) , gastrointestinal stromal tumour (GIST) and other less common types can arise from the stomach, primary stomach cancer usually refers to carcinoma arising from the lining of the stomach and are of 2...

Pancreas Cancer
08/03/18    by: Dr Thomas Soh


Although pancreatic cancer is uncommon, it is the 5th most frequent cause of cancer deaths in Singapore and one of the top 10 most deadly cancers worldwide. There are several types of pancreatic cancers, with the majority affecting the area of the pancreas that produces enzymes....

The Dreaded Neck Lump
16/02/18    by: Dr Kevin Tay , Dr Peter Ang


Presenting to a doctor with a lump in the neck is a fairly common manifestation for head and neck malignancy, lymphoma, thyroid tumours or other cancers. However, it is to be noted that many “lumps” in the neck are not necessarily cancers.

For some patients, having a sore throat...

The Second Most Common Type of Breast Cancer Pathology - Invasive Lobular Cancer
15/02/18    by: Dr Peter Ang

What is invasive lobular cancer (ILC)?

Invasive lobular breast cancer (also called Infiltrating lobular breast  carcinoma) is a subtype of breast cancer which arises from the milk-producing lobules which connect to the ducts that carry milk to the nipple.  It is the second most common...

Dealing with Pain in Advanced Cancer

Patients with advanced cancer and their families frequently worry about having unrelenting pain.  Many fear that cancer pain will become unbearable, especially during the last days of life.  It may therefore surprise many that a significant number of terminal cancer patients do not have a...

When Non-Smokers Get Lung Cancer


Lung cancer can occur in non-smokers. The population trend in lung cancer is changing and this is increasingly recognized worldwide.   In Asia, up to a third of lung cancer patients diagnosed are never smokers while the figures in West are lower.  Intriguingly, there are...