First in Singapore: Novel Application of Radiation Technique Used to Save Maximum Healthy Tissue for Lung Cancer Patient – Farrer Park Hospital

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First in Singapore: Novel Application of Radiation Technique Used to Save Maximum Healthy Tissue for Lung Cancer Patient

• First Stereotactic Body Radio Therapy with Active Breathing Control for Lung Cancer
• 0.1mm of margin for radiotherapy

The first Lung Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) with Active Breathing Control (ABC) was conducted at Farrer Park Hospital in Singapore SBRT involves the delivery of a single high dose radiation treatment or a few fractionated radiation treatments (usually up to 5 treatments) in the exact location of identified tumors in the body.

With conventional therapy, radiation is delivered in relatively small doses over the course of several weeks, with patients receiving daily treatments during that time. With SBRT, physicians are able to deliver a greater combined dose of radiation over the course of far fewer treatments. SBRT has shown dramatically better outcomes than conventional radiation therapy.

Comparatively, two-year success rates for conventional treatment range from 30 to 40 percent, whereas the success rates for SBRT range from 80 to 90 percent — similar to those of resection surgery but with far fewer risks. Despite the fact that SBRT delivers higher biological dosage of radiation, patients have experienced fewer side effects, including radiation pneumonia.

With the use of a special device called an Active Breathing Control (ABC) device, the patient is treated while the breath is held, and the target area is still. This means that an even more precise dose of radiation to the target area can be done, and save more normal tissues.

Oncologist Dr Daniel Tan arranged for his patient to be treated at Farrer Park Hospital (FPH) Radiation Oncology Centre mainly because FPH uses ABC as the main modality of choice as it saves the maximum amount of healthy tissues. Helmed by Dr Lee Khai Mun, FPH’s Chief Radiation Oncologist, the Farrer Park Hospital Radiation Oncology Centre, having only started operations in April 2015, has a trained team of personnel, comprehensive equipment and protocol to provide this form of treatment since day one.

The centre uses this technique primarily for left breast cancer but as the centre with most expertise, Dr Tan came to FPH for the treatment of Lung tumour for his patient, Madam Lee.

Initially distressed about her condition, Mdm Lee shared how her treatment process in FPH was made less nerve-racking. “With the encouragement and proficiency of my doctor, Dr Daniel Tan, and radiation oncologist, I’m pleased to have undergone this procedure in FPH which is well equipped with both clinical and technical expertise. My queries on the procedures were thoroughly explained and clarified, which made me feel reassured during the treatment process. Through this less invasive therapy, the post treatment recovery has not caused any form of side effects or significant pain. The calming environment of the hospital coupled with the amiable and knowledgeable staff who addressed my concerns have also attributed to my positive experience in FPH.”

The combination of clinical expertise and range of treatment options has allowed the Farrer Park Radiation Oncology Centre to be recognized as Global Health & Travel’s Oncology Provider of the Year.

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For media enquiries and clarifications, please contact:

Farrer Park Hospital 

Daphne Kwee
Corporate Communications
Tel: +65 67052769 
Email:​ [email protected] ​

Jasmine Kin 
Corporate Communications 
Tel: +65 6705 2690
Email: [email protected] 

About Farrer Park Hospital 
Farrer Park Hospital is Singapore’s newest private tertiary institution. This 220 bedded facility is located directly above Farrer Park MRT station. The hospital’s care philosophy extends beyond healing and the management of disease, to engaging patients as partners in the pursuit of good health. Patients are treated by an experienced team of medical and health specialists in an environment meticulously designed to maximize comfort and efficiency while promoting well-being, rest and recovery. 

The hospital’s services and facilities support a full range of surgical and medical procedures as well as treatments. Patients are accommodated in four floors of inpatient suites with a range of room sizes and privacy levels to match patient’s preferences and comfort levels. The hospital is part of Connexion – A unique facility designed by healthcare practitioners and hoteliers that delivers the experience of an integrated lifestyle hub for healthcare and wellness. The building houses a specialist medical centre and a five-star hotel and spa. Farrer Park Hospital is part of Singapore-based The Farrer Park Company. 

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