About Us

Medical Director's Message

 

Welcome to the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS), a national and regional centre of excellence committed to the highest standard in research, education and clinical services, and patient care.

Since we took in our first patients in 1999, we have moved ahead by leaps and bounds to become one of the most comprehensive cancer centres of excellence in the region. We have succeeded in building strong medical and research teams. Many of our clinicians and scientists have contributed much towards building our brand at home and abroad. Often their works get published in internationally recognised high-impact factor medical and scientific journals. This is a recognition of the high standards of their work.  Our doctors have also won awards in their respective fields and often this resulted in their becoming sought-after speakers at international forums.

 
All said, I believe it is not big meetings or big speeches that make all the difference. Rather, it is how we apply our signature strengths in our everyday work to provide the best patient experience every time at every encounter that’s important.

While we may not prevail over every cancer case that we encounter, our patients would know that we have given all within our means. Because of our strong commitment to patient care, they take comfort knowing that besides applying our knowledge and experience, we will also use the latest diagnostic and treatment techniques that are the most appropriate to treat them.  Our medical teams meet daily for tumour board discussions to review all the complex cases. This is where we collectively put our minds together, share our opinions and decide on the best options for each case.

For those patients on the road to remission, we have set up very active support groups to journey with them and share their experiences. Here, they make new friends and many find strength by supporting each other as they move forward, with help from our psychosocial and nursing staff. We believe this is an integral part of the healing process.

In June 2017, we launched construction work on our new building, scheduled for completion by 2022.  Located along Outram Road, it will be a much bigger, brighter and more comfortable one-stop NCCS.  Each floor will house the clinical, research and educational facilities by disease type so as to foster closer collaboration between our clinicians and researchers. The new NCCS building will also house the Goh Cheng Liang Proton Therapy Centre.  We believe the new NCCS will provide even better services in coping with the challenges in the years ahead and beyond.

While our excellent staff have done much to help patients with cancer, we could not achieve so much if not for the generosity of the many philanthropists for their donations, corporate sponsors, well-wishers and volunteers who have readily rallied to our cause. We welcome support from all quarters and believe that the best way to beat cancer is for all of us, NCCS and the community, to work together.

We are well on track to achieving our vision to be a global leading cancer centre! Our mission continues to be to deliver the best care with the best people and supported by the latest research. We look forward to serving, collaborating and working with you.

Associate Professor William Hwang
Medical Director
National Cancer Centre Singapore