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One-stop clinic for liver cancer patients

Liver cancer patients now have a one-stop clinic for treatment at the National Cancer Centre Singapore called the Comprehensive Liver Cancer Clinic.

SINGAPORE: Liver cancer patients now have a one-stop clinic for treatment at the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS).

It is called the Comprehensive Liver Cancer Clinic.

At a briefing on Monday, doctors said the clinic enables waiting time for patients to be reduced and the treatment process streamlined significantly.

As the treatment of liver cancer is complex and requires a team of multi-disciplinary specialists, patients normally need to travel between NCCS and other hospitals for treatment.

But at the new clinic, NCCS hopes that patients need not have to make multiple appointments as they can be attended to by one or more specialists at the same time.

NCCS will also run clinical trials to give patients more treatment options -- especially people who do not respond to conventional treatments and those in the late stage of cancer.

 "Each patient has to be treated as an individual and the treatment has to be individualised to the patient," said Prof Pierce Chow Kah Hoe, Senior Consultant Surgeon, NCCS. "A multi-disciplinary team like this -- in a comprehensive centre -- sits down, plans out what is best for the patient and conveys that to the patient.

"Having a comprehensive cancer clinic like that allows the clinicians to come together, discuss the patients together and bring all these new treatment advantages to bear on the patients so that they can benefit from these advancements.

"Otherwise, these are things that patients can't access to."

This is the first of many comprehensive clinics expected to be launched by the centre.  

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