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Cancer: Early Diagnosis to Long Term Survival

Cancer is one of the top diseases inflicting both morbidity and mortality in our population. Despite preventive lifestyle modifications and environmental health, incidence will increase with our demographic changes.


Specific Aims of Research Theme

1) Early detection and diagnosis

Curative resection for solid cancers is the most cost effective in early stages of disease.

Developing screening tests for a range of diseases to detect early stage cancer will increase the number of cases for curative intervention.


2) Improving precision and efficacy in both surgical and therapeutic interventions

Radiological and surgical interventions can be improved by combining conventional approaches with advances in in vivo imaging techniques, robotic assisted enhancements and new radionuclide and nanotechnologies. Biomarker driven molecular targeted and immunotherapy have also shown increased efficacy with less side effects in certain tumour types. Clinical trials in these expanding areas will allow proliferation and adoption of these cutting edge improvements to enhance clinical care.


3) Improved care and long term outcomes

Research into care models and long term outcomes are necessary as our population demographics shift. Better survival and treatment modalities will also increase the proportion of cancer survivors. Greater understanding of the holistic care of this group of patients will deepen our understanding and allow greater efficiency and development of effective programmes.

Research Theme Leads:

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A/Prof Tony Lim Kiat Hon       A/Prof Henry Ho Sun Sien