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Colon Cancer Treatment in Singapore

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

Gleneagles Hospital

A 380 bed private hospital offering tertiary acute care services that cover a wide range of medical and surgical specialties.


Colon Cancer is treated at Gleneagles Hospital

12 listed oncologists:

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Assoc. Prof. Tay Sun Kuie

Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Surgical Oncology

Dr. Ang Cher Siang Peter

Medical Oncology

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.


Colon 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

Mount Elizabeth Hospital

One of the largest private medical centers in Asia, with the highest number of private specialists including cardiac surgeons, cardiologists and neurologists, neurosurgeons and general surgeons.


Colon Cancer is treated at Mount Elizabeth Hospital

29 listed oncologists:

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Dr. Preetha Madhukumar

General Surgery, Surgical Oncology

Dr. Yong Wei Sean

Surgical Oncology

National Cancer Centre

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


Colon 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

National University Hospital

A 928 bed teaching hospital offering a full range of medical, surgical and diagnostic services. NUH serves as a refferal center for cancer patients, pediatrics, cardiology and other specialties.


Colon Cancer is treated at National University Hospital

60 listed oncologists:

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Dr. Frances Lim

Director, General Surgery Residency Program

Prof. Kesavan Esuvaranathan

Head & Senior Consultant

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About Colon 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.

Colon cancer also called as colorectal cancer when caught in the early stages is curable.What are the treatment options for colon cancer?

Treatment options for colon cancer depend on the stage at which the cancer is discovered. They include surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Surgery is the best approach for early stages of colon cancer. Adjuvant chemotherapy is required, particularly in later stages to prevent the recurrence of cancer. A combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation is required in the advanced stages of colon cancer.

1) Surgery: Surgery may either be done as total colectomy or subtotal colectomy. It is the only treatment required in the early stages of colon cancer (stage I and most cases of stage II) in which cancerous part of the intestine is removed and remaining ends are joined. Sometimes patient may require a surgically created opening between the intestine and abdominal wall called as colostomy. A small bag called as colostomy bag is applied in which contents of the intestine are emptied. Colostomy can be permanent or temporary.

2) Chemotherapy:In addition to surgery, chemotherapy is required in stage II or above to reduce the risk of recurrence of cancer. It may be palliative, adjuvant or neoadjuvant. Palliative is used when cancer has spread to other body parts and surgical removal is not possible. Palliative chemotherapy helps to shrink the tumor, alleviates the symptoms and prolong life. Adjuvant chemotherapy is used once the surgery is done to remove any left out cancer cells. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy is given prior to the surgery. It reduces the size of the tumor and helps in efficient removal during surgery. 5-fluorouracil is the most commonly used drug in colon cancer. It is used in association with a vitamin called as leucovorin. Various new chemotherapy drugs such as avastin, vectibix and Erbitux are used along with 5-FU for the treatment of colon cancer which has already spread.

Bevacizumab, cetuximab, and panitumumab, and regorafenib are newer chemotherapy agents that target specific aspects of the cancer cell which may be more important to the tumor than the surrounding tissues. They also have fewer side effects than traditional chemotherapy.

3) Radiotherapy: Radiation therapy is typically given under the guidance of a radiation specialist called a radiation oncologist. Its primary use is in the treatment of rectal cancer. Multiple cycles may be required. It may sometimes be used to alleviate the pain associated with recurrent or metastatic colon cancer.

What is the success rate of colon cancer treatment?

With surgery, more than 90% stage I and 65-80% of stage II colorectal cancers are curable.

Duration of procedure/surgery : Surgery may usually require 2- 3 hours. Chemotherapy or radiotherapy is typically given for a total of 6 months.

Days admitted : 3- 4 days following surgery

Anesthesia : Surgery is done under general anesthesia

Risks : Risks due to anesthesia, Post surgery infection, Hemorrhage, Post surgery intestinal adhesions, Side effects of chemotherapy such as nausea, vomiting, hair loss, rashes, diarrhea, mouth sores, fatigue, Side effects due to radiation therapy such as skin irritation, hair loss

After care : Colonoscopy should be done every year for 5 years following surgery. After that it should be done every 3 years to rule out any polyp or tumor. Blood tests are also done at specific intervals after surgery.

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