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Understanding Leukemia

Understanding Leukemia
Ella Tan
  • On March 18, 2015

By CECILIA TAN – Is there anyone who hasn’t had a relative or friend afflicted with leukemia? This isn’t surprising as it ranks among the top 10 cancers in Singapore.

A close friend of mine who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) a few years ago, was able to lead a full and active life despite suffering from bouts of illness.

Despite being upset, frightened and confused initially, she was determined not to allow leukemia to interfere with her lifestyle. With courage and dignity, she was able to fight the physical and emotional fatigue until the disease defeated her a few weeks ago. Even as her friends grieved, not many of us know much about this dread disease. Oncologist Dr Kevin Tay explains.

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Dr Kevin Tay

Dr Kevin Tay, Consultant Medical Oncologist, OncoCare Cancer Centre, is also a visiting consultant at the National Cancer Center Singapore. Dr Tay received his medical degree from the National University of Singapore, School of Medicine and did his post-graduate training in Internal Medicine at the University of Hawaii and his Medical Oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute of Health (NIH) in USA. He currently holds American Board certifications for the practice of Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology.

During his time at NCI/NIH, Dr Tay trained under several renowned oncologists, including Dr Sandy Swain, a world expert on breast cancer and the current President of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and Dr Giuseppe Giaccone, the previous Chair of the EORTC’s Lung Cancer Cooperative Group and also Chief of Medical Oncology Branch at NCI/NIH.

Dr Tay’s subspecialty interest is in women related cancers such as breast cancers and gynaecological cancers, soft tissue and bone sarcomas and also hematological malignancies such as lymphoma, multiple myeloma and leukemia.

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