SingHealth eNews MAY 2019
Hepatocellular Carcinoma:
Current Treatment Options and Liver Transplant
According to the 2015 Singapore Cancer Registry annual report, Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) or primary liver cancer was reported to be the 3rd most common cause of local cancer deaths in males and 4th most in females. Chronic hepatitis B infection is currently the predominant risk factor for HCC in Southeast Asia, including Singapore.

The incidence of hepatitis B infection is now declining locally with the introduction of routine screening and immunisation. However, with the increasing local prevalence of diabetes and obesity associated with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), the incidence of HCC is not expected to decline but may conversely increase as seen in North America, where HCC is now the fastest rising cause of cancer deaths. Read more

New Surgical Technology for Haemorrhagic Stroke Patients
BrainPath, a revolutionary surgical system developed in the United States which promised hope for haemorrhagic stroke patients, has been used to treat about 30 patients in Singapore in the past year.

The new tool allows doctors to perform keyhole surgery rather than remove a large piece of the skull to access the brain. With BrainPath, patients cut their hospital stay by half, and more than one-third of them have recovered well. Read more

Chest Pain Following The Use Of Fluvoxamine In Depression
Fluvoxamine has been shown to be safe for patients with major depression and cardiovascular disease.

However, a reported case of chest pain precipitated by fluvoxamine in an elderly with a known history of cardiovascular disease highlights the need for psychiatrists to be aware of chest pain as a potential side effect of fluvoxamine. Read more


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