The Lung Cancer Consortium Singapore (LCCS) was established in 2001, with the aim to bring together the clinical and research community in order to advance the diagnosis and management of thoracic cancers.
The need to set up the Consortium was driven by differences in lung cancer profiles and survival outcomes observed between the East and West. The research study, now known as National Lung Cancer Research (NLCR), was piloted in 2001 by Dr Tan Eng Huat to study the molecular profile of lung cancer in our local context, in collaboration with SingHealth institutions including SGH and CGH. LCCS was formally set up and expanded to other public hospitals including NUH and TTSH in 2007, intending to build infrastructure to promote and support nationwide collaboration for lung cancer research.
The partnership was further expanded to researchers in the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in 2013, with the funding support from MOH National Medical Research Council (NMRC). Under the NLCR, clinical and lifestyle questionnaire data, as well as biological material, are collected to study epidemiological characteristics and treatment outcomes of various lung cancer subtypes in Singapore, as well as to conduct translational work.
Since its inception, LCCS has facilitated collaborations that have generated several high impact factor publications at prestigious journals, including Nature Medicine, Nature Communications, Nature Genetics, Immunity, and Journal of Clinical Oncology, amongst others. Many lung cancer patients have contributed to our research efforts. To date, over 5000 patients have been enrolled in the study. Recruitment is ongoing. Other than research work, LCCS also conducts other lung cancer-related activities, with an emphasis on promoting education to both physicians and the public.
LCCS has organised a few events in the past few years, which include:
- Multi-disciplinary lung cancer conference (MLCC) to educate and share knowledge for local and regional professionals
- Interdisciplinary Workshop to Enhance Assessment and Management of Lung Cancer (IDEAL), a lung cancer preceptorship programme for trainees across different specialities involved in the management of thoracic malignancies LCCS forum to bring together clinicians and researchers across Singapore, both from the public and private sectors.
LCCS forum to bring together clinicians and researchers across Singapore, both from the public and private sectors.