MANILA, MAY 19, 2007
(MALAYA) Patients in Southeast Asia can now avail of western quality cancer care and treatment at a lesser cost.

This was revealed by Dr. StevenTucker, an oncologist and the medical director of the West Clinic Excellence Cancer Center in Singapore. It is the first branch located outside North America , the central office being based in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Singapore center concentrates on prevention and early detection of cancer and related diseases, treating the whole person and not just the illness, a method used by clinics across the US.

The clinic has more than 25 years of experience, with doctors and nurses specializing in oncology, hematology, gynecologic oncology, radiology, pain management and palliative care

It started the Accelerated Community Oncology Research Network (ACORN) that has participed in the development of major drugs such as: Herceptin and Taxotere (for breast cancer), Rituxan (lymphoma) and Oxaloplatin (colorectal).

The staff are trained at major hospitals in the US such as Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California Los Angeles Center for the Health Sciences, Washington University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Tucker was the director of the Prostate and Genitourinary Oncology Program at The Angeles Clinic and Research Institute in Santa Monica, California and was an attending physician at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was also assistant professor of clinical medicine at UCLA. He is the president of the International Medical Travel Association. The organizationís mission is to improve the quality of care for global medical patients. He will visit Manila on May 22 to work with Filipino physicians in providing the latest technology on cancer medication.

Nancy Bailey is the director of Oncology Nursing and Clinic Operations in Singapore. She used to be the director of research in Tennessee and assisted in the development of ACORN, serving as the director of clinical operations from 2003 to 2005.

She received an outstanding contribution award from the US National Institutes of Health for her clinical research.

"The center will contribute to our ongoing efforts to build up Singaporeís capabilities in specialized areas," said Yeoh Keat Chuan, director of biomedical sciences of the Singapore Economic Development Board. Last year 374,000 foreign patients visited Singapore.

The West Clinic Excellence Care Center is located at One Orchard blvd., Level 15, Camden Medical Center, Singapore.

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