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Division of Supportive and Palliative Care

Head of Division:​Dr Patricia Neo

In tandem with the aging population in Singapore, the incidence of cancer is rising and so is the prevalence of co-morbidities in cancer patients. Concurrently, survival is also lengthening with advances in medical science and a rapidly increasing armamentarium of cancer therapeutic agents. There is consequently an ever increasing number of patients with advanced cancer, who have been shown to have a high burden of physical and psychological symptoms, with progressive functional decline and high caregiver needs. The overall aim of supportive and palliative care research is to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families, through better symptom control and models of care which can meet their needs. The Division of Supportive and Palliative Care seeks to achieve this by conducting research that will inform and improve practice.

Our specific aims are to develop:

• Evidence-based interventions to relieve physical and psychological symptoms
• Scalable models of care based on health services research
• Culturally relevant outcome measures for oncology research
• Education in Oncology, Supportive Care, and Palliative Care