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Delivering Cancer Care Beyond the Ordinary: Where Excellence Meets Compassion

Welcome to Aster Whitefield Hospital's Oncology Care– where we understand that a cancer diagnosis is a life-changing moment. In these challenging times, what you need is more than just medical care; you deserve the very best.

Your journey starts here. At Aster Whitefield Hospital, we are committed to providing you with exceptional cancer care that goes beyond the ordinary.

Your journey with us is more than just a medical process; it's a partnership. We are here to provide you with not just treatment but also hope, compassion, and unwavering support. Cancer may be a formidable foe, but with the right team by your side, you can face it with strength and resilience.

Together, let's embark on this journey with hope, courage, and the belief that extraordinary outcomes are within reach.

Treatments & Procedures

Our Doctors
Why do surgeon skills matter in head and neck cancer surgery?

A surgeon's skill is crucial in head and neck cancer surgery for precise tumour removal, minimizing complications, and preserving essential functions such as speech, swallowing, and facial expression. Their expertise significantly influences the success of the surgery and the overall quality of life for the patient post-operation.

Is surgery the only option for lung cancer treatment?

Surgery is one of the treatment options for lung cancer, particularly for early-stage cases. However, the choice of treatment depends on the type and stage of cancer. Other options such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapies, and immunotherapy may be recommended alone or in combination, tailored to your specific diagnosis for the best possible outcome. Our medical team will discuss the most suitable treatment plan based on your needs.

How is HIPEC better than traditional chemotherapy?

Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC), is a specialised treatment that delivers heated chemotherapy directly to the abdomen during surgery. This technique is used to treat cancers that have spread to the lining of the abdomen and prevent the cancer from coming back to that area. The heat helps the chemotherapy work better and can improve the treatment's effectiveness compared to traditional chemotherapy alone.
Traditional chemotherapy is given through the vein, but sometimes it cannot reach all the cancer cells in the abdomen because of poor blood supply. HIPEC, on the other hand, directly puts the chemotherapy in the abdomen during surgery. This way, it can touch all the cancer cells that are left, which can help the treatment work better.

What options do I have for cancer treatment?

Each patient's case is unique, and determining the best treatment options involves considering several factors such as the type and stage of cancer, your overall health, age and existing medical history. As an individual facing cancer, the array of treatment options available to you includes surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, hormone therapy. Your doctor is a vital and trusted partner in determining the most suitable treatment plan for your specific case. Your doctor can guide you through the available options, explain potential benefits and risks, and help you make decisions that resonate with your values and lifestyle.

What is the difference between malignant and benign tumours?

Malignant tumours are cancerous growths that have the potential to invade surrounding tissues and spread to other parts of the body. They consist of abnormal cells that can infiltrate neighbouring structures, making them more aggressive and harmful. The process of invading surrounding tissues is known as metastasis, and it is a hallmark of malignancy. Malignant tumours often grow rapidly and may not have a well-defined border. They can be more challenging to treat due to their invasive nature.
Benign tumours are non-cancerous growths that do not invade other parts of the body. They are composed of normal cells that grow in an orderly manner. Benign tumours do not metastasize. They remain localized to the site of origin and do not give rise to secondary tumours in distant locations. They grow at a slower and more predictable rate than malignant tumours. They are generally not life-threatening, although their growth may cause problems if they press on nearby structures.

Is breast radiation treatment painful?

The treatment itself is painless. Some patients may experience mild discomfort, such as skin changes, during or after the course of treatment. However, our medical team will provide supportive care to manage any side effects and ensure your comfort throughout the process.

How does robotic surgery benefit cancer treatment?

Robotic surgery helps cancer patients by making surgeries more accurate and less harmful. It requires smaller cuts and is associated with less pain and faster healing. The robot helps the doctor aim at the cancer tissue better and not hurt the healthy parts around it. This way, you can get better faster and spend less time in the hospital.

What are the advantages of 3D mammograms over 2D mammograms?

3D mammograms, also known as tomosynthesis, offer several benefits over traditional 2D mammograms.

  • 3D mammograms provide a clearer and more detailed view of breast tissue, reducing the likelihood of false positives and negatives.
  • It offers superior breast cancer detection in people with dense breasts as it helps doctors see more clearly through the dense tissue as compared to 2D systems.
  • It detects 20%-65% more aggressive breast cancers compared to 2D alone. On average, it finds about 41% more of these cancers.
  • It cut down the rate of repeated exams when compared to using 2D systems.
  • It uses lower X-ray doses compared to 2D systems.
What is a PET-CT scan, and how does it contribute to cancer diagnosis?

A positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT) scan, is an advanced imaging technique used in cancer diagnosis and staging. This procedure combines two powerful imaging technologies to provide detailed information about the location, size, and metabolic activity of abnormalities within the body. During a PET-CT scan, a small amount of a radioactive substance is injected into the body. Cancer cells tend to be more metabolically active than normal cells, and the radioactive substance accumulates in areas with increased metabolic activity. The PET scan detects this radiation, creating a map of the metabolic activity in the body. The CT scan provides detailed anatomical images, allowing for precise localization of the areas of interest. This dual approach enables your doctor to identify and characterize cancerous lesions with greater accuracy. PET-CT scans are particularly valuable in determining the stage of cancer, assessing the extent of spread, and evaluating the response to treatment. The information obtained from a PET-CT scan plays a crucial role in developing personalized treatment plans and monitoring the effectiveness of ongoing therapies.

How can I actively participate in my cancer treatment decisions?

Your active participation is crucial in making informed decisions about your cancer treatment. Communicate openly with your doctor, ask questions, express your preferences, and seek a second opinion if necessary. Understanding your diagnosis and treatment options empowers you to be an active partner in your care, leading to a more personalized and effective treatment journey.