Mt Alvernia building cancer centre

Cancer care provider Icon SOC has been appointed to run the upcoming $25 million cancer centre, which will treat up to 1,000 patients a year without the need for a waiting list. The centre is due to be completed next year.
Cancer care provider Icon SOC has been appointed to run the upcoming $25 million cancer centre, which will treat up to 1,000 patients a year without the need for a waiting list. The centre is due to be completed next year.PHOTO: ICON GROUP

Mount Alvernia Hospital will build a $25 million cancer centre to treat up to 1,000 patients a year without the need for a waiting list.

The hospital said the centre, to be completed next year, will enable patients to start treatment as quickly as possible.

"The cancer centre is being built to meet the growing needs of the ageing population," said the hospital's chief executive James Lam yesterday. "With age, the cancer rate will go up. So we expect that the demand for good quality cancer care will only go up."

The new 1,330 sq m facility will offer services like haematology and radiation oncology.

Mount Alvernia Hospital, a 305-bed, not-for-profit general acute care private hospital, has appointed cancer care provider Icon SOC to build and manage the new centre. It will replace the current Icon SOC clinic at the hospital, which has been in operation since 2007 and treats around 250 patients each year.

The new centre will provide medical oncology, allied health, pathology and pharmacy services, positron emission tomography-computed tomography scan, and the latest Varian TrueBeam Linear Accelerator. The machine provides advanced precision and speed in radiation therapy, said Icon Group's group chief executive officer Mark Middleton.

The centre will also function as the regional training hub for radiation oncologists, medical physicists and radiation therapists in the Asia-Pacific region as part of a tie-up between Icon SOC and Varian Medical Systems, a company that provides solutions for advancing cancer treatment.

 
 

There are currently three cancer/oncology clinics at Mount Alvernia Hospital, including the Icon SOC clinic.

Cancer is the leading cause of death in Singapore, responsible for 29.1 per cent of deaths in 2017. Last year, there were 26,164 people living with cancer here and it is projected to rise to 35,229 in 2025.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2019, with the headline 'Mt Alvernia building cancer centre'. Print Edition | Subscribe