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Brain Cancer Treatment in Singapore

Hospitals and medical centers in Singapore which treat Brain Cancer patients.

Raffles Hospital

A full service private hospital offering a comprehensive range of specialist services by a team of 200 physicians. 35-40% of the patients are foreigners, and there is a dedicated department for handling medical tourists.


Brain Cancer is treated at Raffles Hospital

3 listed oncologists:

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Dr. Lynette Ngo Su Mien

Breast and gynaecologic cancers, psychosocial oncology and palliative medicine

Dr. Donald Poon Yew Hee

Medical Oncology

KK Women's And Children's Hospital

An integrated medical facility and tertiary referral center for healthcare concerns of women, children and babies.


Brain Cancer is treated at KK Women's And Children's Hospital

19 listed oncologists:

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Prof. Ho Tew Hong

Head of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Dr. Chia Yin Nin

Head of the Gynae Cancer Unit

National Cancer Centre

A comprehensive cancer centre providing a full range of clinical services to its patients.


Brain Cancer is treated at National Cancer Centre

75 listed oncologists:

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Dr. Koong Heng Nung

Head, Department of Surgical Oncology

Dr. Alethea Yee

Head of the Department of Palliative Medicine

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About Brain Cancer Treatment

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.

Treatment overview

Brain cancer treatment is complex and individualized for each patient. The care involves a team of doctor, including oncologists, neurosurgeons, radiation therapists, physical therapist, occupational therapist and neurologist. Different treatment options are available which are decided according to the cancer type and the patient’s status.

What are the treatment options for brain cancer?

The treatment plan in brain cancer depends on a variety of factors. They include:

  • Location of the cancer, its type, size
  • Patient’s age and general health and well being of the patient.
  • Spread of the cancer to other body parts or CNS
  • Any pressure effects produced by cancer in the brain

Before surgery, steroids may be given to reduce any swelling or edema present in the brain. In case the patient has seizures, then the antiepileptic drugs are given before surgery. Any pressure effects in brain may require shunting, which involves a thin tube placed in brain and passed down to the abdomen. It helps in draining excess fluid in the brain and prevents any further damage to brain tissue. The main important options include surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

  • Surgery: Surgery removes the cancer cells present in the brain. It is done by craniotomy, which involves making an opening in the skull. Most of the low grade or benign cancers are removed by surgery. In cases, where complete removal of cancer is not possible, partial removal is followed by chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Sometimes, in cases of difficult cancer, the doctor may only take a biopsy to determine the cancer tissue and decide further regarding the treatment options.
  • Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy involves drugs that help to destroy the cancer cells. They are either given orally or in the veins. They are also given directly into the brain fluid through Chemotherapy drugs are decided depending on the brain cancer type. They are either given individually or in combination. It is given in cycles.
  • Radiotherapy: Radiotherapy uses high energy radiations. It is usually given after surgery along with chemotherapy. It can be given as external beam radiation therapy or internal radiation. They are focused on specific brain areas where cancer cells are present, avoiding exposure to other healthy brain tissue. Conventional radiation therapy, proton beam therapy, gamma knife therapy are a few of the examples of external beam radiation therapy.

What is the success rate of brain cancer treatment?

Success of treatment depends on the brain cancer type, its size, spread and overall health of the patient. Advanced or terminal cancer cannot be cured by treatment.

Duration of procedure/surgery : Surgery may take 3-4 hours depending on the type of cancer and its location in the brain.

Days admitted : It may take 5- 7 days in the hospital depending on the recovery of the patient.

Recovery : Surgery is done under general anaesthesia

Risks : Risks due to surgery, including haemorrhage, coma, paralysis, damage to surrounding brain tissue, Risks associated with anaesthesia, Risks associated with chemotherapy, including hair loss, vomiting, nausea, sore mouth, loss of appetite, infection and fatigue, Risks associated with radiotherapy, including skin irritation, stomach upset, damage

After care : Regular follow up is necessary to diagnose any recurrence or after effects of surgery

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