Raffles Cancer Centre, Raffles Hospital

ESMO Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care

Contact person Dr Lynette Ngo, Consultant Medical Oncologist
Address 585 North Bridge Road
#13-00 Raffles Hospital
Singapore 188770
Country

Singapore

Contact Tel: +65 6311 2300 -
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Raffles Cancer Centre, Singapore

History

Founded in 1976, Raffles Hospital is a 380-bed tertiary care hospital with a comprehensive range of specialist surgical, medical and diagnostic services covering 35 sub-specialities. Located in the heart of Singapore, Raffles Hospital offers a full complement of specialist services combined with advanced medical technology. Its 20 specialist centres meet a wide variety of medical needs. Raffles Hospital is part of a fully integrated healthcare organisation, which includes a network of family medicine clinics, multi-disciplinary clinics and dental clinics. Patients enjoy a continuum of care, from having their most basic healthcare needs met through an island-wide network of Raffles Medical clinics, to specialist and tertiary care at Raffles Hospital.

Profile

Raffles Cancer Centre is a specialist medical centre offering comprehensive cancer treatment with a multi-disciplinary team comprising consultant specialists, oncology nurses, counsellors, and other para-medical professionals to meet the needs of cancer patients in Singapore and South East Asia.  The range of services provided includes cancer screening, diagnosis, oncologic treatment encompassing inpatient and outpatient chemotherapy, targeted therapies, chemoradiation and radiotherapy, as well as palliative and supportive care.

The service offers palliative care outpatient clinics, consultative and home care services. An inpatient service offering specialist interventional services and facilities, specialist nursing support, respite care and terminal care is available in Raffles Hospital. Oncologic care and evaluation for palliative care patients are available 7 days a week. Outpatient clinics and home care services are provided 6 days a week while on-call services are available 24 hours a day. A 24-hour emergency centre located in Raffles Hospital is also available for emergency management of severe, unrelieved symptoms.

In addition to inpatient wards, inpatient facilities in Raffles Hospital include an Intensive Care Unit, an angiography suite, a day surgery ward, operating theatres and a 24-hour emergency centre. Rooms for the 380-bed hospital range from a 6-bed room to a Presidential Suite with adjoining rooms for family members.

Support services are provided by on-site dieticians and nutritionists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, traditional medicine practitioners, clinical psychologists and psychiatrists.

The Centre also participates actively in translational research and clinical trials.

Specialities

  • Medical Oncology including Gynaecological Oncology, Neuro-Oncology, Urology, Orthopaedics, Head and Neck Oncology and Dermatologic Oncology
  • Haematology
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Palliative Care
  • Pain Clinic
  • Psychosocial care and Psychiatry
  • Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Imaging Services including Interventional Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
  • Laboratory and Research Unit

Palliative and supportive care

Raffles Cancer Centre, Staff, Singapore

Palliative care provided by Raffles Cancer Centre is multi-disciplinary and coordinated by oncologists trained in both Medical Oncology and Palliative Medicine, thus providing a continuous service and close integration of palliative care into the oncology service. The multi-disciplinary palliative care team comprises three specialists qualified in Medical Oncology and Palliative Medicine, Palliative Nurses, a Pain Specialist, two home care doctors trained in Palliative Medicine, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and nutritionists. When a patient becomes too frail to attend outpatient clinics, the home care team is activated to continue provision of palliative care to the patient and his family. The option of inpatient services is also available for respite care, nursing support or terminal care. The palliative care team continues to provide symptomatic relief, psychosocial and emotional support for the patient and his family till the end, including death certification. Bereavement support is also available if required.