Cancer Centre

A serious illness, cancer is a dangerous and life threatening disease that can affect everyone – the young and the old, the rich and the poor, men, women and children. We understand how disruptive and upsetting it can be when you find out that you or your loved ones have cancer, and we are dedicated to help you fight this illness to the best of our abilities. One of the highest causes of mortality in both developed and developing countries, cancer needs to be managed with exacting levels of patient care and rigour. Advances in medical sciences have improved the prognosis for cancer patients, especially when they are detected in the early stages of the disease. Targeted therapies may also help to prevent the spread of cancer throughout the body.

A leading centre for oncology in the region, we adopt a team-based approach in diagnosing and treating cancer. Our cancer patients benefit from our multi-disciplinary team of sub-specialists, supported by advanced technology in cancer treatment.

How Does Cancer Occur?

Cancer occurs when the genes in individual cells that make up the human body start to behave differently from normal cells. Unlike normal cells, cancerous cells divide and multiply at an accelerated rate. Once this occurs, the set of instructions in the genes of the cell no longer work as before, and the cell loses its normal function.

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 occurs on the skin. 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.

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Our Approach to Oncology

Committed to helping you and your loved ones to recover from cancer, we adopt a multi-disciplinary and holistic approach to treating the different forms of cancer. Every patient will be reviewed by our team of oncologists, surgeons and other cancer specialists to ensure that they receive appropriate standards of medical diagnosis, treatment and patient care.

Supported by an extensive range of specialised equipment and operating theatres to assist in the precise diagnosis and treatment of cancers, we keep ourselves constantly updated on the latest cancer therapies and research available to provide optimal standards of care for our patients.

Our Cancer Therapies and Surgery

Occurring at multiple sites throughout the body, the effective treatment of cancers involves a mixture of clinical oncology, radiotherapy, and haemato-oncology (scientific study of cancer involving blood or tissues making blood).

Supported by radiology, interventional radiology, and pathology, we provide the following areas of cancer treatment:

  • Breast Cancer Therapies and Surgery
  • Colorectal Cancer Treatment and Surgery
  • Gynaecological Oncology (specific for women)
  • Neurosurgery (cancer of the brain)
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Orthopaedic Oncology (musculoskeletal cancers)
  • Urology (bladder and urinary tract cancers)
  • Chest Medicine (cancer of the lungs)
  • Gastroenterology (cancer of the stomach, intestines and other parts of the alimentary canal)
  • Hepatology (liver cancer)
  • Nephrology (kidney cancer)

Our Oncology Specialists

As one of the leading cancer treatment centres in the region, Gleneagles Hospital Penang has one of the largest team of cancer specialists in North Malaysia. Our multi-disciplinary team of 16 oncologists, radiotherapists, urologists, and neurosurgeons are ably supported by a dedicated team of experienced nurses who are trained to sensitively manage the physical and emotional needs of our cancer patients.

Radiotherapists & Oncologists

Breast Surgeon

Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeon

Colorectal Surgeon/ General Surgeon

Gynaecology/ Gynaecological Oncology




General Surgeon/ Surgical Oncologist


Respiratory Physician

Radiologist/ Interventional Radiologist

Our Treatment Facilities and Equipment

slider3To provide you with high standards in cancer diagnosis, treatment and patient care available, Gleneagles Hospital Penang uses modern imaging and radiotherapy equipment to provide you and your loved ones with meticulous standards of medical diagnosis, surgical procedures, and therapies.

Our Cancer Centre has a Radiotherapy Centre that comes with an Elekta Synergy Linear Accelerator and an Elekta Versa HD Linear Accelerator. Employing the technology of multiple wavelengths of light, it allows us to provide therapies such as the following:

  • Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
  • Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
  • Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT)

Beyond this, patients will also be treated in our dedicated Haematology & Oncology Treatment Unit. Some of the common conditions treated in the centre include breast cancers, colon and gastro-intestinal tract cancers, gynaecological cancers, leukaemia and lymphoma, and lung cancers.

Gleneagles Hospital Penang’s Human Touch

As one of the top treatment facilities in the country, our priority at Gleneagles Hospital Penang is to provide you with optimal care and treatment. Enjoy peace of mind in knowing you’ll be given the best possible care. Our specialists will always put your needs first, and they will do their utmost to restore the health and well-being of you and your loved ones.