Taking care of cancer patients ‘more stressful than in West’

Being a caregiver for a cancer patient is emotionally and physically draining. Additionally, caregivers sacrifice personal time, while struggling with work and additional expenses that come with medical treatment for their loved ones. A study conducted by NUS and the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore - NCIS found that Singaporean caregivers of cancer patients are more stressed and burdened compared to those in the West. This study was co-led by Assoc Prof Rathi Mahendran from the Department of Psychological Medicine, and Dr Lim Siew Eng from NCIS.

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Tackling tough questions

From an imaginary world of disease spread to a young cancer patient's decision on a new clinical trial, Child's Play tells four stories on ethical dilemma surrounding medical research and youths. The play is commissioned by the NUS Centre for Biomedical Ethics (CBmE) to raise awareness on medical ethics among youths and adults.

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She played floorball while studying to be a doctor

Vanessa Lim was introduced to floorball during junior college, and she plays it well ever since, representing NUS at inter-varsity competitions and Singapore at the 2015 SEA Games. Besides having a demanding training schedule as a national athlete, she was juggling a five-year MBBS course in NUS Medicine and graduated under Class of 2016. She shares her experience and offers some pearls of wisdom to her fellow peers.

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New medication helps to delay relapse of BRCA-mutated ovarian cancer

Olaparib, a new oral drug approved in Singapore and used to control BRCA-mutated genes in ovarian cancer patients and prevent cancer relapse. Assistant Professor David Tan from National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS) shares how Olaparib helps ovarian cancer patients, BRCA mutation genetic testing and reasons why some women choose not to go for the test.

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