Lung cancer doctor in Singapore

Lung Cancer Treatment

Led by Dr Harish Mithiran, Neumark Lung and Chest Surgery Centre’s multidisciplinary team specialises in lung cancer treatment with minimally-invasive surgery. We excel at uniportal video-assisted thoracic surgery (U-VATS) or robotic-assisted thoracic surgery (RATS) for lung cancer patients.

What Is Lung Cancer?

What is perceived as only a ‘smoker’s disease’, lung cancer affects a significant portion of the population who have never smoked. Lung cancer is tied to abnormal metabolism and energy synthesis that enables the growth and proliferation of cancer cells in the lungs. People who smoke have the greatest risk of lung cancer, though cancer can also occur in people who have never smoked. Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in Singapore, accounting for 13.7% incidence in males and 7.7% in females of all cancers.

Lung cancer Dr Harish Mithiran

What Are My Symptoms if I Have Lung Cancer?

Lung cancer can be asymptomatic in the early stages, which means many patients do not have any signs or symptoms. Some patients may develop loss of weight and appetite, a cough that does not go away, and even cough up small amounts of blood, breathlessness, chest pain and generalised body ache.

Lung Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Our lung cancer consultations are intimately planned and reviewed by Dr Harish Mithiran, senior consultant thoracic surgeon at Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore. Once referred to our private lung and chest surgical centre, our prompt-access lung cancer consultations aim to provide a timely assessment of all patients. 

Lung cancer can present itself in different stages. For Stages 1 and 2, the gold standard of lung cancer treatment is surgical intervention. Some advanced Stage 3 lung cancers can also be offered surgical resection upon evaluation.

Neumark lung cancer treatment centre has access to urgent diagnostic investigations — e.g., molecular and genetic markers tests, blood tests, chest x-rays, CT scans, biopsies, and bronchoscopies. Through our affiliation with Gleneagles Hospital, our patients have access to a team of highly-qualified cancer doctors, surgeons, and respiratory specialists who treat patients with lung cancer.

As leaders in the thoracic surgical field, our lung cancer specialists will carefully develop an individual treatment plan for you to achieve the best possible clinical outcomes and involve you in all decisions about your lung cancer care.

Diagnostic teams will perform all the necessary tests to establish a comprehensive diagnosis to recommend the most suitable treatment modality for lung cancer intervention. Our team of experts – from specialist surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, respiratory doctors and specialist nurses – will involve you at every stage to ensure that you have access to the latest advice as well as full support throughout your treatment, and during after-care.

How Will I Be Treated if I Have Resectable Lung Cancer?

Surgery as a treatment for lung cancer can be approached via a minimally invasive approach. Neumark surgeons perform:

  • Uniportal video-assisted thoracic surgery (U-VATS), a minimally invasive surgery that involves accessing and treating the lung and mediastinal diseases through a single incision.
  • Robotic-assisted thoracic surgery (RATS), a type of minimally invasive surgery used in thoracic procedures for some lung cancers and mediastinal growths.

These leading surgical interventions for lung cancer remove a certain segment (segmentectomy), the entire lobe (lobectomy) or, in large tumours, the entire lung (pneumonectomy), as well as surrounding lymph nodes for further diagnosis.

If lung cancer surgery is determined to be the right option for your condition, you will be in the hands of a highly specialised lung surgery team that uses minimally invasive techniques to ensure a healthy recovery. For patients who are diagnosed with a condition that makes them unfit for surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and other targeted therapies may be alternatives.

After your lung cancer has been removed, we’ll schedule post-operative consultations to ensure your functional health following lung cancer resection.

FAQs about Lung Cancer

There are several types of treatment for lung cancer, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy. The specific treatment plan will depend on the type and stage of cancer, as well as the overall health of each patient. In general, the goal of lung cancer treatment is to remove the cancerous cells or to ‘starve’ them with medication, radiation, or other modalities. Some people with lung cancer may require multimodal therapy to achieve the best possible outcome.

Robotic-assisted thoracic surgery (RATS) can offer several potential benefits compared to traditional surgical treatment of lung cancer, such as a small incision, improved precision, and enhanced visualization of the surgical site. These advantages may result in less blood loss, fewer complications, and a faster recovery for the patient.

Uniportal video-assisted thoracic surgery, also known as U-VATS, is a type of minimally-invasive lung cancer procedure that is used to treat conditions affecting the chest, such as lung cancer and other lung diseases. U-VATS has several potential advantages over traditional open surgery, including a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery time, less pain, and a smaller incision.

Most health insurance plans will cover the costs of lung cancer treatment by Neumark lung cancer surgeons, including RATS and U-VATS procedures. However, the specific coverage will vary depending on your integrated Shield Plan with riders for private medical coverage or Corporate Insurance Plan, as well as the specific treatments you need. Check with your insurance provider to find out exactly what is covered under your plan, or contact our clinic to discuss how we work with hospitals to help process your medical claim.

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Comprehensive Private Consultations

Neumark Lung and Chest Surgery Centre benefits from the expertise of a multidisciplinary team led by Dr Harish Mithiran, senior consulting thoracic surgeon at Gleneagles Hospital and Mt Alvernia Hospital.

Neumark is a lung and chest specialist centre with access to leading treatment modalities to achieve the best possible outcomes for lung disease and preventative patient screening.

Our foremost priority is to treat your condition as effectively as possible. Schedule a private consultation today; complete the form below, call, +65 6908 2145; WhatsApp, +65 9726 2485; or email,