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Patient Journey Overview

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in Singapore today. One out of every 14 women* in Singapore will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Every year, more than 1,900 new breast cancers are diagnosed in Singapore. With better early detection methods and more effective cancer treatments, there is hope that even more women with breast cancer will be treated successfully and go on to resume their normal lives.

*up to age 75 years, Singapore Cancer Registry, 2011-2015



Breast Cancer

The breast consists of fatty tissue and milk producing glands. If cancer cells spread, they may travel along lymphatic vessels and collect at the axillary lymph nodes.

Breast Cancer


Surgical Treatment

Additional Forms of Treatment

  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy (SLNB)
  • Axillary Clearance
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy (SLNB)
  • Axillary Clearance
  • X-ray Guided or Ultrasound Guided Hookwire Localisation for Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted Therapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Intra-Operative Radiotherapy (IORT)
  • Hormonal Therapy

Getting Ready for Surgery

As with all surgical procedures, complications can occur. Our anaesthetists will assess all patients before surgery to ensure they are optimised and prepared for surgery to minimise these risks.

View the risks involve

Support Services

Cancer support groups available at our centre aim to bring patients and caregivers with similar conditions and situations together, to garner support from one another and learn how to cope better throughout the cancer journey.

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