SINGAPORE - Two major cancer centres here are pairing up with the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) in an effort to combat the rising incidences of colorectal cancer cases here.
The National University Cancer Institute Singapore (NCIS) and the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) will be establishing a new 'world-class' medical education platform with ESMO and 35 regional cancer centres and hospitals to provide cancer doctors access to the latest scientific knowledge and patient-centric care strategies.
The long-term education initiative will offer a unique 'east-meets-West' knowledge sharing platform and open up opportunities for collaborations between oncology professionals from both Europe and Asia.
This is to improve the care for colorectal cancer patients at every stage of their treatment journey.
Coming up, NCCS and NCIS will conduct local meetings for fellow institutions and/or surrounding hospitals to promote further collaborations between Asian and Western oncologists.
It is hoped that the long-term adaptation of the program for Asian medical oncologists will lead to standardised clinical protocols and treatment goals based on the best practice approach.
Locally, colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths among men and the third most common cause among women.
It has taken over lung cancer in the last five years to become the most frequently occurring cancer among Singapore males
It is the second most recurring cancer after breast cancer for females.