The Sengkang General Hospital Breast Service is a key member of the SingHealth Duke-NUS Breast Centre, the largest centre in Singapore treating the full spectrum of breast conditions. The SKH Breast Service provides comprehensive, compassionate care for patients with benign breast conditions and all stages of breast cancer.
We take pride in offering modern and advanced state-or-the-art treatment options, including the latest Minimally-invasive, Oncoplastic, Reconstructive and Symmetrizing surgical techniques.
Our approach is quality breast care, grounded in a minimally invasive philosophy, both in diagnosis and treatment for all breast conditions. We plan gold standard multimodal treatment approaches, to surgically save as much healthy breast tissue when desired and within limits of safety, restore femininity and preserve quality of life. Patients will receive individualised care from a multidisciplinary team of breast surgeons, plastics and reconstructive surgeons, breast radiologists, medical and radiation oncologists, specialist breast care nurses, occupational and physiotherapists. When required, patients benefit from our partnerships with genetics services, obstetricians and gynaecologists. Every case of breast cancer is discussed at a weekly multidisciplinary meeting on diagnosis and after surgical management to ensure patients are offered and receive the best treatment journey. Treatment options are individualised to each patient’s cancer biology (subtype), stage (0 to 4), morphology (form), and personal preference. Our surgical expertise includes advanced cutting-edge approaches and techniques (for the complete spectrum, see Treatments Offered). Our patients have full access to warm, supportive care from the team of experts throughout their duration of treatment and surveillance. Our team will communicate findings, plans and outcomes with you and your referring doctor, and reach out often to review your progress and concerns. We believe in clear communication and seamless coordination of care. The SKH breast centre works together in unison to achieve quality, specialized, and desirable outcomes for all our patients.
We work closely in a multidisciplinary team to provide a full range of integrated breast services and programmes:
At Sengkang General Hospital, our breast team treats a comprehensive range of conditions including:
We believe that each condition should be treated in an individualised manner as there is no one-size-fits-all treatment. Every patient that comes through our door is unique and requires treatment that takes into account their specific condition, medical history and personal preferences. Hence, we offer a broad range of breast treatments tailored to every individual, ensuring that the care they receive is thorough, and suited to their needs. Some of the breast treatments we offer include:
For the asymptomatic (well) patient with an average risk of developing breast cancer, breast self-examination and regular mammography is the best and most cost-effective breast cancer screening approach available to date. In employing breast x-ray images to spot unusual changes, abnormalities, or tumours in breast tissue before you can even see or feel it, mammograms can screen for and detect high risk lesions, pre-invasive carcinoma or early-stage non-palpable cancers that allow us to execute preventative measures, or early and often more simplified treatment options. Hence, screening mammograms play a central role in early detection and have been demonstrated to lower breast cancer mortality. For women with dense breasts, ultrasounds are sometimes used as an adjunct screening method to complement your mammogram, although best evidence indicates an increased rate of detection for incidental benign lesions. The utility of an adjunct screening ultrasound should be carefully discussed with your breast specialist.
For the symptomatic patient (with a specific concern or complaint), combination breast imaging is more frequently utilized for diagnostic purposes. This may include mammography, breast ultrasonography, and breast magnetic resonance imaging when required. When suspicious lesions are detected, breast biopsies or intervention are sometimes required for complete diagnosis and/or treatment.
For young ladies who have been established to be of high risk for breast cancer or any individual who has been diagnosed with a high risk genetic mutation, consult your breast specialist for an ideal screening regime, which may include the addition of breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Breast inflammation and/or infection, also known as Mastitis, is usually caused by inflammation and/or infection of the milk ducts, and is most prevalent among breastfeeding women. Superimposed infection is most commonly caused by skin organisms. A breast abscess may develop if there are collections of pus. This may require antibiotics, in combination with needle or surgical drainage. Mastitis or breast abscesses that are not adequately treated can lead to a series of complications, so it’s important to seek timely treatment from your breast specialist.
Everyone is at risk of breast cancer, while some are at a higher risk than others. Below are the known risk factors for breast cancer:
Increasing age (50 years or older) Family history of breast cancer Genetic syndromes including BRCA1 and BRCA2 History of high risk breast lesions Early-onset of menstruation Late menopause Having had fewer or no children Pregnancy after age 30 Being on estrogen-only hormone replacement therapy
Sedentary lifestyle and alcohol consumption
The path through breast cancer care is different for everyone. SKH has assembled a team of experienced breast care multidisciplinary team dedicated to fulfilling our patients’ unique needs, including breast surgeons, radiologists, medical and radiation oncologists, plastics and reconstructive surgeons, specialist breast care nurses, occupational and physiotherapists. The team goes the extra mile to ensure that all conditions are accurately diagnosed and managed for a more precise treatment strategy. Comprehensive and tailored clinical care. All for you.
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