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15
Jan
2023

துவாழ்வு நரம் உறுப்பு தாளம் (Organ donation gives new life)

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​A/Prof Shridhar Ganpathi Iyer, Senior Consultant, Division of Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery, Department of Surgery, and Surgical Director of the Adult Liver Transplantation Programme, NUCOT, said that since the outbreak of COVID-19, the number of people coming forward to donate organs has dropped. He said the average waiting time in Singapore for a kidney transplant from a deceased donor is nine years. NUH patients Satya and Diksha Anand have kidney failure. Diksha had dialysis at NUH Children’s Kidney Centre three times a week for nearly four hours each time. In 2018 when Diksha was 10, she received kidneys from a deceased donor. Satya still undergoes peritoneal dialysis while waiting for a kidney transplant.

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19
Sep
2022

Mum with colorectal cancer gets new lease of life with son's liver

Channel NewsAsia

​A team from National University Health System has successfully conducted a liver transplantation on a Stage 4 colorectal cancer patient whose cancer has spread to the liver. Madam Lim Gek Meng was initially diagnosed at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital in October 2020 and was immediately put on chemotherapy. In July 2022, Mdm Lim successfully underwent liver transplant at National University Centre for Organ Transplantation, in a multicentre initiative involving more than 50 professionals across National University Health System, including National University Hospital and National University Cancer Institute Singapore. This was Singapore's first such transplant and according to current literature, the first in the region. 

The team led by A/Prof Glenn Bonney, Consultant in National University Hospital's Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Adult Liver Transplantation Programme at National University Centre for Organ Transplantation and Division of Surgical Oncology, National University Cancer Institute Singapore, as well as international experts, formulated a set of consensus guideline with 44 criteria to select and manage patients who are candidates for the liver transplant.

Channel NewsAsia cited A/Prof Bonney as saying that he felt privileged to be able to work in a system that can generate such care, where a Stage 4 colorectal cancer patient is able to be cancer-free following the transplant.


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18
Sep
2022

Mum with colorectal cancer gets new lease of life with son's liver

The Straits Times © SPH Media Limited. Reproduced with permission

​A team from National University Health System has successfully conducted a liver transplantation on a Stage 4 colorectal cancer patient whose cancer has spread to the liver. Madam Lim Gek Meng was initially diagnosed at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital in October 2020 and was immediately put on chemotherapy. In July 2022, Mdm Lim successfully underwent liver transplant at National University Centre for Organ Transplantation, in a multicentre initiative involving more than 50 professionals across National University Health System, including National University Hospital and National University Cancer Institute Singapore. This was Singapore's first such transplant and according to current literature, the first in the region. 

The team led by A/Prof Glenn Bonney, Consultant in National University Hospital's Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Adult Liver Transplantation Programme at National University Centre for Organ Transplantation and Division of Surgical Oncology, National University Cancer Institute Singapore, as well as international experts, formulated a set of consensus guideline with 44 criteria to select and manage patients who are candidates for the liver transplant.

Prof Chng Wee Joo, Director of National University Cancer Institute Singapore, said that the success of the transplant highlighted a new treatment paradigm, where specific patients with Stage 4 colorectal cancer who fulfilled the necessary criteria may be candidates for liver transplantation.

The Straits Times and various media quoted Mdm Lim as saying that she is "terribly grateful to all the doctors, nurses and even admin staff" who have helped her in the last two years".  

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9
Sep
2022

小毛病大问题:肝硬化 (Body SOS: Liver cirrhosis)

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​Mediacorp Channel 8’s health programme, “Body SOS”, featured A/Prof Alfred Kow, Head and Senior Consultant, Division of Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery, Department of Surgery, NUH and Senior Consultant, Adult Liver Transplantation Programme, NUCOT, who elaborated on some of the common symptoms and risk factors for liver cirrhosis, as well as precautionary measures.

A/Prof Kow also conducted a radio interview with Love 972FM on the topic of liver cirrhosis.


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29
Jun
2022

Health Suites: Greater assurance to be a living donor in Singapore

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​A/Prof Shridhar Iyer, Surgical Director & Senior Consultant, Adult Liver Transplantation Programme, NUCOT, shared his views on liver donor transplants. A/Prof Iyer said that deceased donor liver donation is unable to keep up with the growing demand for liver donors, which makes living donor liver transplantation an important alternative, especially in Singapore.

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26
Jun
2022

Social media appeals lead to more liver transplants from strangers

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​A study conducted by a team of clinicians from NUCOT found that there were no cases of liver donor deaths among 204 procedures performed by NUCOT and there were less than 10 per cent of donors experiencing complications which were largely minor. A/Prof Shridhar Iyer, Surgical Director & Senior Consultant, Adult Liver Transplantation Programme, NUCOT also noted that online appeals have resulted in more people coming forward to donate their livers to strangers in recent years. A/Prof Shridhar hopes that the study will assure the public it is safe to be a living liver donor in Singapore. 


The Sunday Times also noted that since 1990, there has been more than 500 liver transplants from both living and deceased donors in Singapore, with most of these procedures performed by NUCOT.

The Sunday Times also featured NUCOT's altruistic donor Mr Sakthibalan Balathandautham who encouraged people who wish to donate their livers or other organs, such as kidneys or pancreas, to consult their doctors to check on their suitability. He added that potential donors should do so only when they feel confident about it and are able to spare the time for the procedure and recovery. He noted that donations require a lot of commitment and the donor has to be healthy.



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21
Jun
2022

Health Matters – Liver donor transplants

Channel NewsAsia

​A/Prof Shridhar Iyer, Surgical Director & Senior Consultant, Adult Liver Transplantation Programme, NUCOT, shared his views on liver donor transplants. He said that the recipient benefits must be weighed against the risks, and there was an ethical dilemma of balancing the risks between the donor and the recipient. 

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20
Jun
2022

本地活体捐肝者死亡率为零 仅1.5%出现严重病发症 (Zero mortality rate among living liver donors in Singapore; only 1.5% suffer serious complications)

联合早报 © SPH Media Limited. Reproduced with permission

​A study conducted by a team of clinicians from NUCOT shows zero donor mortality and low risks of complications in liver donor surgeries performed at NUCOT. The study also shows that despite the inherent challenges faced by Singapore, outcomes of living donor hepatectomy in NUCOT can either match or are even better than the favourable outcomes reported in other centres worldwide. News reports also highlighted that NUH performed Singapore’s first deceased donor liver transplantation in 1990 and the first living donor liver transplantation in 1996. Since then, more than 500 living and deceased donor liver transplants have been performed locally, with NUCOT accounting for 453 cases, of which 227 were living donor liver transplants.   


Lianhe Zaobao quoted A/Prof Shridhar Iyer, Surgical Director & Senior Consultant, Adult Liver Transplantation Programme, NUCOT, who commented that deceased donor liver donation is unable to keep up with the growing demand for liver donors, which makes living donor liver transplantation an important alternative, especially in Singapore. 

Channel 8 also quoted A/Prof Shridhar, who hopes that people can talk about organ donation when they are healthy and active, so that there will be more organs to help those in need. 



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26
Mar
2022

3岁童患MSUD 半年内2换肝 (3-year-old child with MSUD undergoes 2 liver transplants within 6 months)

新明日报 © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission

​患罕见枫糖浆尿症,大脑受损。3岁童半年内2度换肝保命,接受两次活体肝脏移植手术后摆脱病魔。这男童是陈松言,如今已17岁,母亲陈赛菁(50岁,美术指导员)表示,儿子是2005年的“圣诞宝宝”,出生时看似健康,不料他在出生不到10天后就开始嗜睡,喝的奶也越来越少。她忆述,当时儿子睡得很沉,怎么叫都不醒,因此觉得不妥。

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19
Jan
2022

Rising obesity levels in Singapore and the associated health issues

Mediacorp News

​Dr Kurumbian Chandran, Head of Division and Senior Consultant, Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, stressed that uncontrolled diabetes could adversely affect many body parts. To prevent complications, individuals should maintain a healthy diet and moderate carbohydrate intake, and take their medications on time.

Dr Gopi Krishnan Kamalakkannan, Senior Resident Physician, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, shared that there has been a rise in younger persons aged 30 to 35 years old with hypertension. He advised persons with family history to get checked from the age of 35 and for the general population to undergo yearly checks from age 40.

Dr S. Venkatesh Karthik, Senior Consultant, Division of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Nutrition, Hepatology and Liver Transplantation, Khoo Teck Puat-National University Children's Medical Institute, National University Hospital, explained that many lifestyle associated diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis and fatty liver are linked to body weight. He advised individuals who have issues with body weight and obesity from a young age to take steps to manage their health.

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18
Dec
2021

国大医院研究:疫情拖延手术 降低肝移植病患生存率(NUH study: Postponement of surgery due to pandemic reduces liver transplant patient’s survival)

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​A study conducted by a team of clinicians from NUCOT, NUH has found that curbs on liver transplant activities beyond a month can greatly affect both short- and long-term outcomes of potential liver transplant patients. During this prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, shorter disruptions compared to longer durations of full or partial restrictions on liver transplant activities may be able to lower the impact on potential liver transplant patients’ overall survival while balancing limited hospital resources at the same time. The team of clinicians involved in the study include Dr Eunice Tan, Associate Consultant; Dr Mark Muthiah, Consultant and Dr Daniel Huang, Consultant, as well as A/Prof Shridhar Iyer, Senior Consultant, Adult Liver Transplantation Programme, NUCOT.
 
Lianhe Zaobao and Shin Min Daily News also interviewed an NUH patient Mdm Long Wai Har who had end-stage liver cirrhosis. She was scheduled to have her living donor liver transplant performed in April 2020 but her operation was postponed due to the pandemic. The patient’s condition deteriorated and she was admitted for acute-on-chronic liver failure. Her operation eventually took place end June 2020.

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16
Sep
2021

Health Matters – New global initiative to help colorectal cancer patients

Channel NewsAsia

A/Prof Glenn Bonney, Consultant at National University Centre for Organ Transplantation and Division of Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery, Department of Surgery, National University Hospital as well as National University Cancer Institute, Singapore, Division of Surgical Oncology, discussed how National University Health System clinicians in Singapore are leading a global initiative that could change how patients with colorectal liver metastasis are managed and treated. They have formulated a patient management algorithm or consensus guidelines, which define the specific patient groups, as well as the tests and classifications that are needed to treat them.

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26
Jul
2021

Toddler ‘doing well’ after liver transplant

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​She was diagnosed with biliary atresia – a rare liver disease – when she was just 1½ months old. Last September, she was given six months to live unless she could get a liver donor. After an agonising three months of searching and wait-ing, a match was found and she received a liver transplant in Jan-uary this year.

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26
Jul
2021

换肝半年 女童情况良好 (Half a year into liver transplant, toddler doing well)

新明日报 © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission

​一岁女童早前寻肝近五个月,终于找到匹配肝脏捐赠者。如今手术半年已过,女童情况良好,似乎没有排斥新肝脏。本报之前报道,女童王瑞廷出世时被诊断患有罕见的胆道闭锁症(Biliary Atresia),去年8月病情恶化,无奈父亲肝脏不匹配,母亲刚诞下男婴,于是去年9月在面簿发文寻肝脏捐赠者,四个月后终于盼来好消息,并在今年1月20日成功进行肝脏移植手术,4月7日出院。

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10
May
2021

Former liver transplant patient’s family seeks donor

The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission

​It was the middle of the night, in August 2019, when Mr Sulaiman Mussein awoke with a start, stumbled to the bathroom and threw up. “I thought it was just vomit – I didn’t turn on the light. But my wife did and she said, ‘there’s blood’,” recounted the 61-year-old in an interview with The Straits Times on Thursday.

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