Dr. Leong Swan Swan

Medical Oncology

Credentials MBBS (Singapore) M.Med (Singapore) MRCP (United Kingdom) FAMS (Medical Oncology)
Language English,Mandarin Chinese,Hokkien Dialect,Cantonese Dialect,Teochew Dialect
Background

Dr Leong Swan Swan did her basic Medical studies in the National University of Singapore (NUS) and obtained her Master of Medicine (Internal Medicine), NUS and Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (United Kingdom) in 1995. She started her training in Medical Oncology in 1995, and was awarded HMDP for further training, with special focus on Thoracic Oncology under Dr Mark Green at Holling’s Cancer Centre in 1997. In 2000, she obtained Specialist Accreditation in Medical Oncology as well as European Society of Oncology (ESMO) certification.

Dr Leong has been working in the Dept of Medical Oncology, SGH/National Cancer Centre since 1995. She has provided care for a wide-spectrum of cancers including breast cancer, colorectal and stomach cancers, lung cancer, head & neck cancer, ovarian/uterine/cervical cancers, lymphomas and other solid tumours. Prior to leaving for private practice, Dr Leong was serving as Senior Consultant, managing different tumour types and was involved in the multi-disciplinary care, especially for lung cancer and head & neck cancer. She was also Visiting Consultant at Changi General Hospital. She was Director of the Ambulatory Treatment Unit at National Cancer Centre and was the Chairperson of the Code Blue Team.

Dr Leong was also actively involved in teaching. She was a Clinical Lecturer for medical students, involved in undergraduate teaching as well as teaching for junior staff and nurses. She has also given many public lectures.

She is a member of American Society of Oncology, Singapore Society of Oncology, and she is serving in the Bylaws Committee of International Association of the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) and as Auditor of Society of Geriatric Oncology. Her research interest is mainly in the field of lung cancer and head & neck cancer. She was also involved with the setting up and running of the Singapore Lung Cancer Consortium. She has published widely in both local and International journals including Journal of Clinical Oncology, Chest, Cancer and has written book chapters for the staging and treatment of lung cancer. She has been a reviewer for several journals including Journal of Clinical Oncology, Respirology and Singapore Medical Journal.

Dr Leong’s subspecialty interest is in lung cancer and head & neck cancer.

Achievements

•Graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1995.

•Obtained Master of Medicine (Internal Medicine) and Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (United Kingdom) in 1995.

•Awarded the Ministry of Health Manpower Development Programme (HMDP) Scholarship HMDP for further training, with special focus on Thoracic Oncology under Dr Mark Green at Holling’s Cancer Centre in 1997. In 2000, she obtained Specialist Accreditation in Medical Oncology as well as European Society of Oncology (ESMO) certification.

•She was the Director of the Ambulatory Treatment Unit at National Cancer Centre and was the Chairperson of the Code Blue Team.

•She has been actively involved in clinical and translational research for many years, in lung cancer and head and neck cancer. These have involved international trials of chemotherapy drugs currently in active use and newer targeted therapy drugs. She was principal investigator for more than 10 clinical trials for cancer drug development.

•Research work by Dr Leong has been published in both local and international journals including Journal of Clinical Oncology, Chest, Cancer and has written book chapters for the staging and treatment of lung cancer. She has been a reviewer for several journals including Journal of Clinical Oncology, Respirology and Singapore Medical Journal.

•With respect to public service, Dr Leong was also actively involved in teaching. She was a Clinical Lecturer for medical students, involved in undergraduate teaching as well as teaching for junior staff and nurses. She has also given many public lectures.

•Accredited for Palliative Medicine.