auto   A/Prof Lyer Shridhar Ganpathi, Head & Senior Consultant, Division of Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery, NUH with Daniel Martin at Mediacorp


Gall stones are solid particles that form from bile cholesterol and bilirubin in the gall bladder. Is surgery the best treatment for removing gall stones, and what are the things to look out for during the recovery period?

Tune in to 938Now's Body & Soul now to hear A/Prof Iyer Shridhar Ganpathi, Head & Senior Consultant, Division of Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery share insights! You can also listen to the encore this evening at 5-6pm, 5th June 2018


手术后的手工艺品 (The handicraft after surgery)


Dr Alfred Kow (Senior Consultant, USC and NCIS) recounts the story of his patient who was a chronic hepatitis B carrier. She went for a health screening after her sister was diagnosed with liver cancer. The patient subsequently went through a surgery to remove a tumour. When she came back for her appointment during the CNY period, the patient presented Dr Kow with a handicraft basket she made using recycled materials.

Lianhe Wanbao, Page P1, Monday, 7 May 2018, Local, NUH.

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  Dr Tan Ker Kan contributed an article published by Lianhe Wanbao in his capacity as Consultant at the Division of Surgical Oncology (Colorectal Surgery), NCIS.

5夫妻同病相‘连’患肠癌还同部位 (At least five couples have colorectal cancer)

The article featured NCIS colorectal cancer patients, Madam Phang Yoke Fah and Mr Lie Tjoen-Jong, who were diagnosed with colorectal cancer within a year of each other, prompting future research to see if genetics or environmental factors are to blame.

Dr. Tan Ker Kan, Consultant at the Division of Surgical Oncology (Colorectal Surgery), NCIS, lead author of the study, mentioned that some of the well-established risk factors of colorectal cancer included unhealthy lifestyle and dietary habits. With majority of colorectal cancer patients in their late 60s to early 80s, these lifestyles would be shared with their spouses since their marriage. Both Dr. Tan and Mr. Lie strongly encouraged early colorectal cancer screening, with the Singapore Cancer Registry Annual Report 2015 showing the morality rate of colorectal cancer decreased due to early detection and advances in treatment.  

This was initiated as part of the publicity for the NCIS 10 Ribbon Challenge Event.

Lianhe Wanbao, Pg. 3, Monday, 2 April 2018, Local, NCIS.


The Straits Times published an article on a ground-breaking study, whereby Singapore researchers have found a new way to better predict and prevent stomach cancer.

Prof Jimmy So was featured in his capacity as part of the research team of Yong Loo Lin School o20Medicine at NUS.

A copy of the article is attached in this email and the e-version can be found here >

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Breast Cancer Meanings Fundraising Dinner

The ‘Breast Cancer Meanings’ fundraising gala dinner was held on Friday, 16 March 2018 in support of the NUS Asian Breast Cancer Research Fund.

All funds raised go towards the research project led by Associate Professor Mikael Hartman, Programme Leader (Breast Cancer Prevention) that seeks to better understand Asian women’s health-seeking behaviours towards breast cancer and to encourage uptake of breast cancer screening and early treatment.

The book titled ‘Breast Cancer Meanings: Journeys Across Asia’ features findings from the pilot study conducted by researchers from SSHSPH and NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, and was unveiled and presented to guest-of-honour State President Halimah Yacob at the dinner.

Published by NUS Press in Asia and NIAS Press in Europe and North America, the book is available at major book stores in Singapore and may also be purchased online here.

See Press Release here.

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Gemuk: Lebih ramai pilih pembedahan kecilkan perut

Dr Asim Shabbir (Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Services, USC) commented that with the increase in awareness on bariatric surgery, there are more patients getting help for obesity. He opinioned the procedure is like giving a new and better quality of life to someone who is ill.

LAPAR-oscopik buat cepat kenyang, tubuh lebih sihat dan ligat

Mention of duration and cost of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (LSG). Also states that NUH is currently looking for diabetic patients with obesity for a trial - ‘A prospective randomized study to examine mechanisms of diabetes remission between sleeve gastrectomy and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery’. Contact information ( or Main Line: 6779 5555) is included for those interested in joining the trial.  


Berita Harian, Pages 1 & 4

Brief Translation:

- More Malay/Muslim with weight problems are now choosing to undergo bariatric surgery to lose weight.

- A survey done with a few hospitals – NUH, SGH and TTSH – showed that Malay patients form at least 30% of those who have undergone bariatric surgery.

- Bariatric surgery also helps to reduce the side effects of chronic diseases like diabetes, HBP and high cholesterol etc.

  Inspiring more Malay students to pursue science

Dr Rufaihah Abdul Jalil of the Department of Surgery at NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, who is also an NUS alumna, runs Granada Academy, a volunteer-run social initiative that aims to attract and encourage more Malay or Muslim students to pursue the field of science. The programme has reached out to more than 800 students since it started in 2011. Featured by Berita Harian on 17 April 2017.

  Neurosurgery’s feature on Channel News Asia

Our Neurosurgery team being featured on Channel News Asia’s Life Lines (episode 3) on 17 March 2017. The programme talks about the use of technology in healthcare and shows Prof Yeo Tseng Tsai and Dr Teo Kejia performing Awake Craniotomy on a patient.

Upper GI Surgeon - Dr Asim Shabbir, interviewed on Talking Point

Catch Dr Asim’s interview on 2nd March 2017 by Channel 5’s Talking Point on Toggle! The segment talks briefly about Automation in Medicine (from 17:26 mins onwards).
Click the following button to view Dr Asim Shabbir's interview.

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A Patient who had quit smoking after he was diagnosed with stage three colorectal cancer:

The Straits Times (Mind & Body) published an article about a patient who had quit smoking after he was diagnosed with stage three colorectal cancer.

Dr Tan Ker Kan was quoted in his capacity as Consultant, NCIS.

A copy of the article is attached and the e-version can be found here >

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News Round-Up 5 Apr 2018  

TODAYonline ran an article on how eating a low-fat meal with Abiraterone Acetate, a standard drug for prostate cancer, instead of on an empty stomach could improve outcomes and drastically lower costs for prostate cancer patients.

The study is conducted as a larger effort in NUHS to mitigate the high cost of oncology oral medications and may potentially result in substantial cost savings for patients in the region.

A/Prof Edmund Chiong was quoted in his capacity as senior consultant, Division of Surgical Oncology (Urology), NCIS and head, Department of Urology, NUH. He is also an author in this study.

The link to the article, published on 4 Apr can be found here >

2018_04_02_ST_Couples with colorectal cancer prompt study by S'pore team_Dr Tan Ker Kan  

The Straits Times ran an article on a research conducted to look at whether genetic or environmental factors are to blame for couples with colorectal cancer, following discovery of such patients.


Dr Tan Ker Kan was quoted in his capacity as Consultant in the NCIS’ Division of Surgical Oncology (Colorectal Surgery), and the lead investigator in the studies.


The link to the article, published on 2 Apr can be found here >


Dr Alfred Kow contributed an article to Lianhe Zaobao, zbNOW in his capacity as Senior Consultant, NUCOT.

Attached with the article (page 4 to 6), where Dr Kow recounts the stories of two teenage patients who underwent liver transplant.  

两青少年两回重生的机会  (A tale of two teenagers) 

Assistant Professor Alfred Kow (Senior Consultant, National University Centre for Organ Transplantation) recounts the stories of two teenage patients who went through liver transplant.  

Source: Lianhe Zaobao, zbNOW, Page 4
Date: Tuesday, 20 March 2018




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