Author: Dr Ng Boon Huat, Clinical Oncologist, Malaysia

Important Roles of PET-CT in Cancer Management

Important Roles of PET-CT in Cancer Management

Why PET-CT? Proper management of cancer requires accurate diagnosis and staging of the cancer. This is to ensure there is no Under-treatment, for example, missing potential curative treatment in oligometastatic (primary cancer with limited metastatic disease) cancer or small lymph nodes not clearly noticed from CT images. Over-treatment in widely disseminated cancer, saving patients from … Continue reading Important Roles of PET-CT in Cancer Management

Breast Reconstruction in Breast Cancer; To Do Before or After Radiotherapy?

Breast Reconstruction in Breast Cancer; To Do Before or After Radiotherapy?

Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Oncoplastic breast surgery is an advancement in breast cancer surgery to achieve widened surgical margin and to optimize cosmetic outcome while maintaining reduced local recurrence rate altogether. The importance of a woman's breasts shouldn't be underestimated as it provide a sense of being whole to a woman. Some women would rather avoid … Continue reading Breast Reconstruction in Breast Cancer; To Do Before or After Radiotherapy?

Achieving Cure in Breast Cancer with Adjuvant Chemotherapy

Achieving Cure in Breast Cancer with Adjuvant Chemotherapy

Mrs Y, 38, was recently diagnosed with left breast cancer and she underwent left mastectomy and axillary clearance 3 weeks ago. HPE report: Infiltrating ductal cancer, grade 3, pT3N0M0 (stage 2), ER negative, HER2 negative, LVI positive, margin clear. She was planned for adjuvant chemotherapy and radiotherapy to left chest wall. Introduction Mrs Y wanted … Continue reading Achieving Cure in Breast Cancer with Adjuvant Chemotherapy

Head and Neck Cancer (HNC): Make Sense Campaign (MSC)

Head and Neck Cancer (HNC): Make Sense Campaign (MSC)

Make Sense Campaign (MSC) Make Sense Campaign (MSC) is a health campaign in Europe to raise awareness in head and neck cancer. The aim of the campaign are to raise awareness of head and neck cancer and ultimately improve outcomes for patients with the disease. How to achieve the above objectives? Educating patients on disease … Continue reading Head and Neck Cancer (HNC): Make Sense Campaign (MSC)

Another Good News for Breast Cancer Patients (with ER positive, HER2 negative)

Another Good News for Breast Cancer Patients (with ER positive, HER2 negative)

In advanced breast cancer, two criteria when deciding suitability for hormonal therapy are: Estrogen receptor (ER) positive and HER2 negative NOT in visceral crisis Visceral crisis is defined as severe organ dysfunction as assessed by signs and symptoms, laboratory studies and rapid progression of disease. Visceral crisis is not the mere presence of visceral metastases … Continue reading Another Good News for Breast Cancer Patients (with ER positive, HER2 negative)