St Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is the largest and the only U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated childhood cancer center in the United States. The first successful cure for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia came from St. Jude, and currently their cure rate for ALL is almost 90%. As a charity hospital, one of St. Jude’s missions is to help improve the cure for childhood cancer worldwide through its International Outreach Program.
Together with the VIVA Foundation, St. Jude hopes to develop Singapore not only as a world-class center for the treatment of childhood cancers and the training of paediatric oncologists in Asia and beyond, but also as a coordinating center for research in childhood cancer in Asia. The St. Jude–VIVA Forum in Paediatric Oncology, held annually, represents such an effort to bring the Asian groups together under one roof.
The National University Health System
The National University Health System (NUHS) of Singapore, combines the National University Hospital (NUH), the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine from the National University of Singapore (NUS) under the same governance and mission to improve standards of medicine through the triple mission of research, education and medical care. By integrating these missions, NUHS works towards achieving excellence in medicine through highly integrated translational, clinical research and training and education.
VIVA Foundation works very closely with the Department of Paediatric Oncology in NUHS. NUHS also houses the VIVA–University Children's Cancer Care Centre (VUC3), a centre of excellence for children with cancer, in particular leukaemia and stem cell transplantation.
KK Women's and Children's Hospital
KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) is the only integrated women's and children's hospital in Singapore, and offers a full range of tertiary services in obstetrics, gynecology, neonatology and Paediatrics. KKH is also a teaching hospital affiliated with the National University of Singapore (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and the Nanyang Technological University Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine.
The recently renovated and expanded KKH-Children Cancer Foundation (CCF) Children's Cancer Center now consists of a 27-bedded inpatient ward which includes 8 HSCT rooms, an adjunct inpatient ward with 6 single-bedded isolation rooms, and a 13-bedded Day Therapy Center. The center provides comprehensive therapy for hematological and solid malignancies, handling around 120 new oncology patients each year. Since 1998, it has conducted over 130 hematopoietic stem cell transplants. In 2002, KKH performed the first cord blood transplant which was successful, underpinning today's demand for this procedure. In 2004, KKH also started the first Paediatric palliative service in Singapore.