A team of doctors from Singapore and Malaysia has managed to raise cure rates for a group of child leukemia patients from 69.6 per cent to 91.6 per cent while also lowering relapses from 30 per cent to 13 per cent.
Alumna Dr Wong Hee Ong survived World War II, completed medical school and contributed to healthcare in both Singapore and Malaysia as an educator and practitioner. At 91, she is still helping seniors prevent dementia.
Amputation among diabetics is increasingly becoming a last resort, as doctors find new ways of saving patients' legs. "As surgeons, we try not to amputate any part of the leg or foot, but it is often a necessary operation... to remove the gangrenous or infected part of the limb in order to save a patient's life or prevent serious infection," said Dr Chee Yu Han from NUS Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Cancer patients who suffered relapses may find hope in a programme led by Dr David Tan from NUS Medicine’s Department of Medicine and consultant at National University Cancer Institute, Singapore’ (NCIS) Department of Haematology-Oncology. The programme helps to match cancer patients with certain genetic profiles to early-phase clinical trials of new drugs.
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