NUH offers safer prostate cancer check

It is the first S-E Asian hospital to offer a low-risk biopsy done using local anaesthesia

Dr Lincoln Tan (left), NUH's director of urologic oncology, with Mr Tan Ai Poh, a patient who had the transperineal prostate biopsy carried out last month with local anaesthesia and has been given the all-clear.
Dr Lincoln Tan (left), NUH's director of urologic oncology, with Mr Tan Ai Poh, a patient who had the transperineal prostate biopsy carried out last month with local anaesthesia and has been given the all-clear.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

A Singapore hospital is pioneering what it says is a safer method of detecting prostate cancer.

The National University Hospital (NUH) learnt the technique in Hong Kong and started offering it in October, becoming the first hospital in South-east Asia to do so.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 13, 2018, with the headline 'NUH offers safer prostate cancer check'. Subscribe