Dr Leong Swan Swan did her basic Medical studies in the National University of Singapore (NUS) and obtained her Master of Medicine (Internal Medicine), NUS and Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (United Kingdom) in 1995. She started her training in Medical Oncology in 1995, and was awarded HMDP for further training, with special focus on Thoracic Oncology under Dr Mark Green at Holling’s Cancer Centre in 1997. In 2000, she obtained Specialist Accreditation in Medical Oncology as well as European Society of Oncology (ESMO) certification.
Dr Leong has been working in the Department of Medical Oncology, Singapore General Hospital / National Cancer Centre since 1995. She has provided outstanding cancer care for a wide-spectrum of cancers including breast cancer, colorectal and stomach cancers, lung cancer, head & neck cancer, ovarian/uterine/cervical cancers, lymphomas and other solid tumours. Prior to leaving for private practice, Dr Leong was serving as Senior Consultant, managing different tumour types and was involved in the multi-disciplinary care tumour boards, establishing her as a key opinion cancer specialist doctor in lung as well as head and neck cancers. She was also Visiting Consultant at Changi General Hospital. She was Director of the Ambulatory Treatment Unit at National Cancer Centre and was the Chairperson of the Code Blue Team.
Dr Leong was also actively involved in teaching. She was a Clinical Lecturer for medical students, involved in undergraduate teaching as well as teaching for junior staff and nurses. She has also given many public lectures.
She is a member of American Society of Oncology, Singapore Society of Oncology, and she is serving in the Bylaws Committee of International Association of the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) and as Auditor of Society of Geriatric Oncology. Her research interest is mainly in the field of lung cancer and head & neck cancer. She was also involved with the setting up and running of the Singapore Lung Cancer Consortium. She has published widely in both local and International journals including Journal of Clinical Oncology, Chest, Cancer and has written book chapters for the staging and treatment of lung cancer. Recognised for her expertise in lung and other cancers, she has been a reviewer for several journals including Journal of Clinical Oncology, Respirology and Singapore Medical Journal.
Dr Leong’s subspecialty interest is in lung cancer, thyroid cancer and head & neck cancer. (Head and neck cancer is a cancer that starts in the lip, oral cavity (mouth), nasal cavity (inside the nose), paranasal sinuses, pharynx, and larynx.) She is fluent in English and Mandarin as well as Cantonese dialect.