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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...

Cancer risk and BRCA genes – the future can sometimes be known
21/12/17    by: Dr Peter Ang

At OncoCare Cancer Centre, Singapore, we see many patients with their families who come to provide support for the patient and often are involved in the discussion of care for the patient. Frequently, a relative may ask (or just think in their mind) what the implication of the relatives’...

Colon Cancer
28/11/17    by: Dr Peter Ang , Dr Wong Nan Soon

As part of the digestive tract, the large intestine consists of the caecum (or cecum), ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon, sigmoid colon and the rectum. Colorectal cancer refers to a cancer arising from these parts of the large intestine. The anatomy of the large intestine is...

The Tumour has Spread to the Brain…
12/11/17    by: Dr Peter Ang , Dr Benjamin Chuah

What is the most common brain tumour in adults? It is actually metastatic brain tumour; estimated to be about 200,000 cases in the United States annually. The term for cancer spreading to the brain tissue is brain metastasis or brain secondaries. It is a serious condition presenting as a major...

Preventive surgery for ovary cancer in BRCA mutation carriers
31/10/17    by: Dr Peter Ang

Ms Angelina Jolie has spoken about her decision to have preventive surgery for ovary cancer in Mar 2015 in the New York Times. She is known to carry a hereditary mutation in the BRCA1 gene, which increased her risk for ovarian cancer and breast cancer. In addition, the type of breast cancer...

Back Pain : When Cancer is Bone Deep
03/10/17    by: Dr Kevin Tay

Many people would have experienced back pain at some point in our life, and it is a common reason for work-related absence or a visit to the doctor’s. Although back pain may be painful and uncomfortable, it is not usually serious, but in some instances, it may portend a more ominous cause.

Malignant Fever–Discovering Cancer when a Patient has Fever (Part 2)
24/09/17    by: Dr Kevin Tay


In patients with malignant fever, the onset of fever may sometimes precede other clinical manifestations and may be the first clue that patient has an underlying cancer.  There is usually no specific fever pattern seen in patients with...