There are more than 100 different types of cancer, majority of them occurring at older ages, in people with little or no family history of the disease and no genetic risk. This is called “sporadic cancer”, which happen by chance.

“Hereditary cancer” occurs in people who carry these genetic mutations with them since birth and it occurs when an altered gene is passed down in the family from parent to child.

People with hereditary cancer are more likely to have relatives with the same type or a related type of cancer. They may develop more than one cancer and their cancer often occurs at an earlier than average age.

How a Hereditary Condition Can Be Passed on

Condition Affecting Members of a Family

In the last decade, technology has allowed for numerous advances in modern radiotherapy as such the need to develop web-based dashboards for remote collaboration among technologists and physicians has been on the rise. Telemedicine aids decentralized radiotherapy services, it allows remote treatment planning and quality assurance of treatment; but digital storage of the relevant data is a prerequisite as well as a reliable telecommunication system between satellites and the clinic.

At the Asian Alliance Radiation & Oncology (“AARO”) we have already recorded our first successful remote Telemedicine treatment of a Myanmar cancer patient out of Singapore – this was the first time such advanced telemedicine technology has been used between the two countries. It also marks a major breakthrough as it will mean that oncology patients from countries such as Myanmar do not need to travel to Singapore for radiation oncology treatment, saving time and cost.

The successful treatment of the patient was headed by Dr Daniel Tan, the Medical Director and Radiation Oncologist of Asian Alliance Radiation & Oncology.