Areas of Excellence

 
 
 
  • ONCOLOGY
    The Comprehensive Oncology Centre offers comprehensive and multidisciplinary cancer management to patients. The Centre comprises a team of medical specialists and professional nurses, is equipped with high-end medical technologies, e.g. image-guided biopsy, Dual Tracer PET/CT (F-18-FDG and C-11-Acetate), TomoTherapy and M6 CyberKnife and endeavours to provide quality clinical diagnosis and the most suitable treatment in various modalities, including surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy and autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation. Supporting services of professional patient counselling, psychological support, pain management, physical fitness and dietary advices are also available.
  • Radiotherapy
  • Chemotherapy
    Systemic chemotherapy has been extensively used in cancer management including haematological malignancies and solid tumors. In highly chemo-sensitive cancers, such as lymphoma, leukaemia, and germ cell tumors, chemotherapy alone can be curative, whereas in other solid tumors chemotherapy can effectively reduce the chance of recurrence when used in conjunction with surgery or radiotherapy.

    In advanced disease setting, chemotherapy often delays disease progression, controls symptom, and improves quality of life.

    Cytotoxic agents utilise different mechanism of actions to inhibit cell growth through destruction of DNA, inhibition of nucleic acid synthesis or repair, and inhibition of protein synthesis. They can be classified into 2 main types, cell-cycle specific and cell-cycle non-specific. Common cytotoxic agents include the Antimetabolites (e.g. Gemcitabine, Capecitabine, fluorouracil, Cytarabine), Vinca Alkaloids (e.g. Vincristine), Taxane (e.g. Paclitaxel, Docetaxel), Platinum analogues, and antitumor antibiotics (e.g. Anthracyclines, Bleomycin). These drugs are usually used in combination to maximise cell kill through different mechanisms of action. They can either be administered before or after surgery or radiotherapy. They can sometimes be given concurrent with radiotherapy. Most of these drugs are delivered to the body via intravenous route, but some drugs can be taken orally or even administered into the arteries, pleural cavity or peritoneal cavity, or directly into the surgical bed.

    Since cytotoxic agents unselectively inhibit both normal and tumor cells, they do share some common toxicities, in particular to those fast-growing normal cells. General toxicities include bone marrow suppression leading to anemia and increased infection risk, hair loss, and gastrointestinal side effects, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Some classes of drug may demonstrate specific class effects, such as nerve toxicity, kidney toxicity, liver toxicity, or heart toxicity. Doctors will closely monitor the toxicity profile of each patient and employ various methods to effectively minimise these side effects.

    Our Chemotherapy Day Centre provides a reassuring, private and comfortable environment to patients and their family members during treatment. Every possible assistance is provided by our professional oncology nurses to ensure a smooth and optimal patient journey.
  • Targeted Therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Hormone Therapy