Brain Tumour on TV – K I N

Have you been keeping up with Channel 5’s Kin? It has been very heartwarming to see a brain tumour patient represented on television.
Melissa Lim, our president has this to say:

“I have been following the KIN series and find that the portrayal of the presentation of the disease was realistic. Brain Tumour is difficult to detect as the symptoms, like headaches, seem generic. It usually takes an accident, like a fall, for further investigations to reveal a brain tumour. Good research Mediacorp.”

Show your support for brain tumour awareness by tuning in and sharing the TV series to your families and friends.

You can always catch up with the show on Toggle if you missed an episode.

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Brainy Car Rally 2018 – Light Up Installation!

Along with adrenaline-charged Supercars, one of the key highlights of BCR would definitely be the light up installation! Attendees may light up a bottle to show their support for brain tumour awareness. These bottles will be placed in a special exhibition shaped like a brain. Are you excited to show your support for brain tumour awareness?

Mark your calenders for Brainy Car Rally on 21 October 2018! We will feature many interactive games and activities that participants will enjoy so see you there!

Admission is FREE!



Brain cancer on TV

Our President of BTSS, Melissa was the advisor who shared her experience and knowledge to the research team for Channel 5’s new show, Kin (TIF). In this particular episode, one of the major characters, Deanna deals with her declining health and finds out that she has brain cancer. This is indeed a sad but real plight that many of us face – dealing with a diagnosis and struggling for emotional support from family and friends. At BTSS, we aim to provide information, support and advice to those in need.

Click on this link: to watch the episode!

If you missed the show on channel 5, you simply catch up on Toggle!

News Testimonials

Xinyu (Featured in Shin Min Daily News)

Thank you Shin Min Daily News 新明日报 for sharing Xinyu’s story. A brain tumour diagnosis not only affects the patient but the whole family. Caring for a loved one can be difficult and we hope that people who read Xinyu’s story will be touched and motivated to support other families in a similar situation.

Read the full article here.

News Testimonials

Melissa (Featured in Shin Min Daily News)

Many thanks to Shin Min Daily News 新明日报 for covering Melissa’s story. A great start in spreading brain tumour awareness! We hope that more people will hear about BTSS and reach out to help our patients and caregivers.

Campaigns News

Launch of Brainy Car Rally 2018 Promo Video

The countdown begins for Brainy Car Rally 2018, and we are proud to present our Promo Video! Done by the talented PR partners VooDoo Communications, be sure to share this video with your friends and family! And of course, do remember to like and share on Facebook too!


Our inspiration and role model – Javier

Once again, Javier demonstrates that one can never be too young to make a difference. His 10th time participating in Hair For Hope this July, Javier’s selflessness and positive outlook on life has won him a Singapore Health Inspirational Patient Award given out by SingHealth this year. Check out his inspiring story here!


Introducing: BTSS Rehab and Home Care (RHC) Grant

Dear BTSS Family,
In our continuing efforts to better serve the Singapore brain tumour community, I am pleased to announce the launch of BTSS Rehab and Home Care Grant. The objective of our RHC Grant is to help alleviate the costs involved in caring for home bound BT patients, as well as those who have to undergo prolonged rehabilitation therapy.

Requirements for Eligibility of BTSS RHC Grant

  1. You have to be members of BTSS
  2. Supporting letters from relevant doctors for home care services / rehab
  3. Check and then make a declaration or provide proof that the services you require are not covered by other subsidies or your existing insurance covers
For the purpose of the Grant, BTSS has fostered a partnership with Home Nursing Foundation (HNF). The services that they offer are listed below. You can check their website for more details If you are a home-bound patient, you should first contact BTSS office via phone or email (8738 5669 or [email protected]) to obtain a copy of your application form for HNF services. Our office staff will then advise you of the process from there.
HNF will obtain the necessary governmental subsidy as payment for your services (through an arrangement BTSS and HNF have with AIC). The portion that is not subsidized may be partially covered by the BTSS RHC Grant. As a guide, BTSS reimburse up to 50% of the portion that is payable by you subject to a cap of $500 which must be drawn down within 12 months of approval (it will lapsed thereafter). When this $500 Grant is exhausted, you can put up another application for a further tranche of the RHC Grant provided you can provide evidence that the rehab has been effective or the home care continues to be needful.
If you require rehabilitation or home care service that is not provided by HNF or public healthcare institutes, you can also apply for BTSS RHC Grant, even for your sessions at private centres, which will then be considered on a case by case basis, provided always that our 3 requirements are met.

HNF provide nursing care in the following areas:

  • Health assessment including monitoring of blood sugar and blood pressure
  • Medication management
  • Administration of injections/loading of insulin
  • Nasogastric tube management
  • Urinary catheters management
  • Wound (including bed sores) and stoma care
  • Removal of stitches/staples
  • Negative Pressure Dressing
  • Patient/caregiver training

HNF GPs provide the following services:

  • Regular review of patients’ health status
  • Order and review diagnostic tests
  • Prescribe medication
  • Refer patients to other team members e.g. nurses for nursing intervention and/or therapists for rehabilitation interventions
  • Refer eligible patients to the Interim Disability Assistance Programme for the Elderly (IDAPE) and perform certification, if required.

HNF rehabilitation services include:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy

HNF therapists visit the patients at their homes and the number of recommended sessions is largely dependent on a patient’s rehabilitation potential. The range of visit intensity is classified into three main categories below.

  • Home Rehabilitation (18 visits over 6 months)
  • Home Based Training (3 visits per year)
  • Home Environment Review / Home Modification (2 visits)
Please contact our office at 8738 5669 if you like more details and information.

BTSS Core Values

As a diverse community, all of us in the BTSS family strive to be a source of support and community for each other.

To help us better communicate our ethos and provide guidelines for interacting with each other and our partners, we would like to introduce our core values. May these serve as helpful principals that can direct and shape this community of ours.