After diagnosis of the cancer by a primary consultant, the patient will be referred to an Oncologist, who specialises in the treatment of cancer.
The Oncologist will conduct further investigations to find out more about the cancer, e.g. blood test, imaging, bone marrow, liver biopsy, colonoscopy, etc.
The Oncologist will now discuss treatment options that are suitable for the patient to best treat the cancer. Some of these treatments include chemotherapy, radiotherapy and supportive care. There will be a pre treatment counseling by the specialist and Oncology Nurse.
After the treatment options have been discussed with the patient, treatment will now begin. Before each treatment, there will be a consultation with the Oncologist. Regular blood investigations will be carried out as treatment progresses. Imaging will be conducted after two to three cycles of treatment. Patient’s clinical issues will be discussed by a multi-disciplinary team consisting of:
- Oncology Nurse
- Rehabilitation Staff
- Home Nursing Staff
POST-TREATMENT & FOLLOW UP
After treatment has been completed, regular follow-ups with the consultant, together with blood test and imaging will be scheduled for the patient.
We have the full resources of a highly focused team comprising:
- Medical Oncologists
A Medical Oncologist specialises in diagnosing and treating cancer using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy, and targeted therapy. A Medical Oncologist often is the main health care provider for someone who has cancer. A Medical Oncologist also gives supportive care and may coordinate treatment given by other specialists.
- Radiation Oncologists
A Radiation Oncologist specialises in using radiation to treat cancer.
- Oncology Nurses
An Oncology Nurse specialises in treating and caring for people who have cancer.
A Pathologist identifies diseases by studying cells and tissues under a microscope.
A Radiologist specialises in creating and interpreting pictures of areas inside the body. The pictures are produced with x-rays, sound waves, or other types of energy.
- And other team members such as
This is a specialist who can talk with patients and their families about emotional and personal matters, and can help them make decisions.
A dietitian is a qualified professional in providing you the evidence based information on food and nutrition. Dietitians are different from nutritionists where they have strong background knowledge on nutrition therapy (diseases).
Physiotherapists treat patients with physical difficulties resulting from illness, injury, disability or ageing.
SunMed’s Cancer Centre includes a tumour board where meetings are held to review cancer patients from a unique, multi-disciplinary perspective. This brings together different consultants from surgery, medical and radiation oncology to review the patient’s diagnosis and for the best outcome management.
Tumour boards are a necessary pre-requisite to ensure excellence in cancer care and allow for optimal multi-disciplinary cooperation.
Cancer patients at SunMed’s Cancer Centre can be assured comprehensive review of their disease and a combined multi-disciplinary plan by the team of cancer specialists present on-site to maximise the chances of disease remission and quality of life.