Department of Clinical Oncology



Oncology is a branch of medicine which deals with the study and treatment of cancer. Clinical oncologists are trained to use both radiation and systemic therapy.

The Clinical Oncology Dept. is one of the many clinical departments within the University of Malaya Medical Centre. It was opened in 1997 and started serving the public in September that year. It serves as a centre for cancer services, teaching, and research.

Department functions and role:

  • Provide treatment to patients with cancer using non-surgical therapy.
  • Conduct basic, post-basic, undergraduate, and postgraduate educational programmes for medical and paramedical students e.g Diploma in Nursing Oncology, MBBS, Master of Clinical Oncology, Master of Medical Physics dan Master of Nursing (Oncology).
  • Provide facilities for clinical research and education in accordance with Good Clinical Practice.
  • Co-operate with governmental as well as non-governmental institutions locally or abroad, in service, teaching and research.

The Clinical Oncology Dept. of UMMC serves as a tertiary referral centre for cancer treatment using non-surgical modalities which include radiotherapy and systemic therapy. It receives referral from other departments within UMMC, other government hospitals and private hospitals.

The services provided include:

  1. Outpatient clinics
    This can be divided into the following clinic types:
    • New patient
    • Follow-up
    • Chemotherapy review
    • Radiotherapy review
  2. Systemic therapy
    This includes cytotoxic chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, immunotherapy, and other biological agents. Outpatient therapy
  3. Radiotherapy
    Treatment involves delivery of high energy X-ray to kill and inhibit cancer cell growth. It can be divided into:
    1. External beam therapy
      • Treatment technique ranges from simple to complex depending on the clinical indication. Complex techniques include IMRT, SRS/SRT, and SBRT. (*)
    2. Brachytherapy
      • This is delivered using a high dose rate source on an outpatient basis.
      • The therapy is mainly done for gynaecological cancer at present employing image guided technique (IGBT) * for cervical cancer.
    3. Radioisotope therapy
      • It is mainly for treatment of patients with thyroid cancer using Iodine. This is done as an inpatient service where patients need to be hospitalised on the ward with specialised shielding throughout the duration of treatment. This service is delivered in collaboration with the Nuclear Medicine Unit.
  4. Ward
    Patients who need elective admission for treatment will be admitted to Ward 6TE.

Operating hours:

 Services

 Time

 Location

Outpatient Clinic

8.00 am to 5.00 pm

First floor Menara Timur

Daycare

8.00 am to 5.00 pm

First floor Menara Timur

Radiotherapy

8.00 am to 5.00 pm

First floor Menara Timur

Contact:
Clinical Oncology Department
First floor Menara Timur
University Malaya Medical Centre
59100 Lembah Pantai
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 60 03-79492423 - Reception
60 03-79493037 - Office
Fax: 60 03-79563072

Referral for treatment at Clinical Oncology Clinic
Patients need to bring referral letter from other hospital or referral through fax in order to get an appointment. Appointment will be given in one or two weeks.

Radiotherapy services *
Stereotactic Radiosurgery/ Stereotactic Radiotherapy (SRS/SRT) - This services were started in May 2015 in which collaboration between neurosurgeon and clinical oncologist are needed to treat brain cancers using this technique.
Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) - This service has been introduced in 2015. This is a conformal technique in which modulated small radiation beams are used to treat the area of interest with the aim to deliver a precise radiation dose to tumour while minimizing dose to surrounding normal tissues.
Image Guided Brachytherapy (IGBT) - This new technique of brachytherapy has been introduced on 1st of June 2015 to treat cervical cancer. Treatment of locally advanced cervical cancer involves a combination of external beam therapy and brachytherapy. 3D planning is used in IGBT treatment as compared to 2D planning for conventional brachytherapy. This technique would allow escalation of dose to tumour while sparing the surrounding organs at risk.



ADDRESS

  • Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya,
    Lembah Pantai ,
    59100 Kuala Lumpur

EMAIL

  • Email: ummc@ummc.edu.my

TEL

  • Phone No : 03-79494422
  • Fax: 03-79492030

WEBSITE

  • Website: www.ummc.edu.my