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Upfront or Induction Chemotherapy

  • What is Upfront or Induction Chemotherapy?

    Drug treatment that is given before surgery or radiation therapy is called ‘upfront’ or ‘induction’ chemotherapy. This treatment is given to make the tumour smaller before surgery or radiation therapy. Upfront chemotherapy (also known as ‘neoadjuvant’ chemotherapy) can also be given as the main form of treatment (primary chemotherapy).

  • In some patients, the tumour may be very large, making surgery or radiation therapy difficult. Removing a large tumour could damage some of the healthy tissues in the organ. Shrinking the tumour before the operation helps your surgeon protect the healthy tissues. The drugs can travel through the blood vessels to the tumour more easily before surgery. The operation will be less stressful and your recovery will be easier.

    Your surgeon can also measure the response of the tumour to your chemotherapy if it is given before other treatments. Knowing how you respond to the drugs is important because not all chemotherapy drugs work the same for all patients. If the drugs do not work as well for you as for some other patients, or cause side effects, they can be stopped and a different drug can be given.

  • Your goal of getting swift, accurate and effective treatment is our strength. Our skilled team of specialists and staff operate at Mount Elizabeth Orchard and Mount Elizabeth Novena – both award-winning hospitals with advanced technology and modern facilities. Take your first step towards better health today, and experience the high-quality, customised healthcare that has made us one of the leading medical institutions in Asia-Pacific.

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    • Ang Cher Siang Peter

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      Oncocare Women’S Cancer Clinic
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #06-22/23
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6252 5325
      Clinic:
      Oncocare Cancer Centre
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #17-05
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6836 5201
    • Ang Peng Tiam

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      Parkway Cancer Centre
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth, Level 2 Mount Elizabeth Hospital
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      67370733
      Clinic:
      Parkway Cancer Centre (MNH L5)
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #05-43/50 To 55
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6684 5522
    • Au Siew Cheng Elizabeth

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      Elizabeth Au Oncology
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #11-01
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      67374588
    • Chan Boon Yeow Daniel

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      Icon Soc Novena Medical Clinic
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #06-24/2
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6266 2273
      Clinic:
      Icon Soc Mount Elizabeth Medical Clinic
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #17-03/04
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6737 8000
    • Chia Whay Kuang John

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      En Oncology
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #08-21
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6259 5538
    • Chopra Akhil

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      Oncocare Cancer Centre
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #09-59/60/61/62/63
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6694 1721
    • Chuah Yen Seong Benjamin

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      Oncocare Cancer Centre
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #09-59/60/61/62/63
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6694 1721
      Clinic:
      Oncocare Cancer Centre
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #17-05
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6836 5201
    • Foo Kian Fong

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      Parkway Cancer Centre (MEH L10)
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #10-11/12
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      68363665
      Clinic:
      Parkway Cancer Centre (MNH L5)
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #05-43/50 To 55
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6684 5522
    • Hsieh Wen-Son

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      The Oncology Centre
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #17-03/04
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6737 8000
    • Kho Sunn Sunn Patricia

      Specialty:
      Oncology - Medical

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      Clinic:
      Parkway Cancer Centre (MNH L5)
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #05-43/50 To 55
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6684 5522
      Clinic:
      Parkway Cancer Centre
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #10-11/12
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      68363665

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