The National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS) is a national specialist centre for cancer under the National University Health System (NUHS). Located at the National University Hospital (NUH), a tertiary hospital with an inpatient capacity of approximately 1,082 beds (as of May 2013), NCIS provides a broad spectrum of cancer care with expertise in prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care. With adoption of highly advanced technology and several award-winning clinician-scientists and investigators, NCIS has seen uninterrupted growth in the areas of research, clinical care and education.
NCIS officially introduced advanced brachytherapy in August 2008. Radiation oncologists and physicists from NCIS attended workshops on administering brachytherapy in training sites located in the United States, Canada, Austria and more. Specialists at NCIS were quick to adopt the latest technology in the area of radiation therapy and NCIS has been offering High-Dose–Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy coupled with 3-D imaging using CT scans and MRIs to patients since 2008.
NCIS has an extensive brachytherapy service with special focus on breast, gynaecological, prostate and rectal cancer. The centre has impressive brachytherapy facilities and well-equipped for HDR image-based treatment. With a dedicated brachytherapy team comprising of six radiation oncologists and six physicists, the centre is recognised as an expert centre in the region.
NCIS has been a designated global Training Centre for the 3-D HDR Brachytherapy technique since 2010. Training visits to the specialist cancer centre are organised for healthcare professionals wishing to learn more about the brachytherapy techniques in an environment where they can observe clinical workflows and daily application in real time. These in-house training hosted by NCIS can last from two to three days and will cover aspects of implementing 3-D HDR Brachytherapy into clinical practice . Several workshops covering General Brachytherapy, Image- guided Adaptive Brachytherapy, using CT, MRI Imaging-guided Adaptive Brachytherapy for different types of cancers have also been organised. Through extensive discussions and hands-on exercises, participants gained comprehensive and practical insight into the clinical workflow of 2D/3D Image-guided Brachytherapy for rectal, gynaecological, breast and prostate cancers.
Johann Tang: ‘Brachy APBI in Singapore’