Best Oncologists for Cancer Treatment in Malaysia

Expert Oncology Care and Cancer Treatment by Top Oncologists

Cancer patients smiling after rehabilitation

What is Cancer?

Cancer is a medical condition that occurs when the genes in individual cells that make up the human body start to behave differently from normal cells. These cells begin to grow out of control and spread to other regions of the body.

How Does Cancer Occur?

Under normal circumstances, human cells grow and multiply, creating new cells. When cells become old or damaged, they die and are replaced by the new ones.

Diagram showing cancer cells spreading from the primary tumour to other body parts

However, in rare cases, this process goes awry, causing abnormal or damaged cells to grow and multiply at an accelerated rate. Once this occurs, these cells lose their normal function and may form abnormal clumps of tissue called tumours, which may be cancerous (malignant) or noncancerous (benign).

Other than cancer, several different terms are used to describe cancers which occur in different parts of the body. A tumour is a growth that occurs at its original site in the body, while a carcinoma is a form of cancer that forms from epithelial cells. A sarcoma is a cancer that occurs in the connective tissues like muscles, while leukaemia and lymphoma are cancers that arise from blood and lymphatic cells respectively.

Cancerous tumours can spread to the surrounding tissues and migrate (metastasise) to distant parts of the body to form new tumours.

Types of Cancer

There are over 100 different forms of cancer. Typically, cancer types are named for the organs or tissues where they occur. Among the top 5 prevalent cancers are colon cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, nasopharyngeal cancer, and liver cancer.

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Find out more about cancer symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment from the following A to Z list of cancer types.

Cancer Symptoms, Risks & Prevention

In-depth information on identifying cancer symptoms, reducing risk factors, early detection, and prevention of cancer.

Cancer Signs & Symptoms

Learn to recognise cancer signs & symptoms and when to book an appointment with a doctor.

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Cancer Risk Factors

Some lifestyle habits affect your risk of developing certain cancers.

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Cancer Risk Quiz

Answer the questions to find out how to reduce your cancer risk.

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How to Prevent Cancer

In Malaysia, 1 in every 4 new cancer cases can be prevented through adjusting certain risk factors.

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Cancer Screening, Diagnosis & Treatment Technologies

Early detection, diagnosis, and prompt treatment of cancer can save your life. If you are regularly screened for cancer, it helps you to detect cancer early when it is easier to treat. There are well established screening tests which can be used to detect some of the common cancers found in Malaysia. Treatment options for cancer depends on the type of cancer and how far it has progressed.

Screening & Diagnosis
                    Well established screening tests are used to detect common cancers in Malaysia.
Treatment Technologies
                    Treatment options for cancer depends on the type of cancer and how far it has progressed.

Oncology Specialists at Gleneagles Hospitals

Gleneagles Hospitals works with the best oncologists in Malaysia to assist patients through cancer treatment. The caring and multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals are available for consultation and to provide the best care.

Gleneagles Hospital Kota Kinabalu
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+6088 518 911
Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur
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+603 4141 3018
Gleneagles Hospital Penang
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+604 222 9199
Gleneagles Hospital Medini Johor
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+607 560 1111
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