Breast cancer blog: 'This is it: It’s over'

Amy Wu recovering from breast cancer treatment. Photo: Amy Wu

On July 23, I snap a picture with the radiation machine, and part with the radiation crew with a thank you card and a box of chocolates. This is round 15 and the end of a season.

Friday, 26 July, 2013, 12:51pm 1 comment

Biotech firms fear US court's DNA ruling

The US Supreme Court ruled that Myriad Genetics Inc. cannot patent the BRCA genes, which are tested to check a woman's risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Photo: AP

The court ruled that Myriad Genetics, which sells expensive tests for the genetic markers for cancer, could not claim patents on the DNA it identified in the 1990s to develop the tests.

16 Jun 2013 - 4:07am

Football veteran Willie Henderson in trek for cancer charity

Willie Henderson (left) arriving to play football in Hong Kong.

A former Scottish international footballer who played in Hong Kong during the 1970s has trekked 100 kilometres in Indonesia to honour his daughter, who died of cancer.

19 May 2013 - 7:42am 1 comment

Paper talk, May 11, 2013

Donald Tsang Yam-kuen. Photo: Dickson Lee

Sunday, Oriental Daily

Professional drivers agree to having health checks at 60

11 May 2013 - 3:55am

Doctors advise older smokers to be screened for lung cancer

A man smokes next to a "No Smoking" sign in downtown Shanghai. US doctors are advising smokers to have CT screening for lung cancer. Photo: Reuters

Stepping into the debate over who should be screened for lung cancer, a leading medical specialty group issued new guidelines on Tuesday recommending that doctors offer annual low-dose CT (computed tomography) scanning to people whose age and smoking history puts them at significant risk of lung cancer.

7 May 2013 - 3:51pm

Surge in cancer deaths gives Shanghai residents pause

Air pollution envelops Shanghai earlier this year. Photo: AP

The rising number of Shanghai residents developing cancerous tumours has added to the resentment of the municipal government for its lax controls on pollution and ineffectiveness in ensuring food safety.

The municipality's Health and Family Planning Commission reported recently that 98 Shanghai residents die of cancer every day - that's 36,000 people a year.

4 May 2013 - 5:39am 1 comment

Japan drug maker Takeda loses US lawsuit

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company

Takeda Pharmaceutical of Japan must pay US$6.5 million in damages to a California man who said Asia's largest drug-maker failed to warn consumers that its Actos diabetes drug could cause cancer, a jury ruled in the first of more than 3,000 lawsuits over the medication to go to trial.

28 Apr 2013 - 6:36am

Targeted therapies for colorectal cancer

Targeted therapies for colorectal cancer

With new cases of colorectal cancer more than doubling over the past decade, oncologists warn that it will soon become the top cancer killer in Hong Kong.

15 Apr 2013 - 10:23am 1 comment

Discovery Bay couple to run London Marathon for eye cancer trust

Former eye cancer sufferer Toby Wyatt with his parents Julian and Alison, who are running the London Marathon. Photo: Jonathan Wong

A Hong Kong couple will take part in the Virgin London Marathon to raise funds and awareness for the charity that helped them when their son was diagnosed with a rare eye cancer.

7 Apr 2013 - 6:47am

Toll of cancer misery rises in Shandong's petrochemical villages

A farmer tends his fields in Liuhang village, inside the Qilu Chemical Industrial Zone in Shandong province. Officials are still reluctant to admit the link between rising cancer rates and rampant pollution. Photo: Simon Song

Jinnan is one of nine villages under the jurisdiction of Jinling Hui ethnic township in Zibo, a prefecture-level city in the centre of Shandong. Jinling Hui town is entirely located within the 22-square-kilometre Qilu Chemical Industrial Zone, according to the township government.

4 Apr 2013 - 5:36am

Scottish author Iain Banks says he has late stage cancer; has 'months to live'

Iain Banks, who rose to fame with The Wasp Factory, is also famous for science fiction, using the name Iain M Banks. Photo: Getty Images

Iain Banks' trademark black humour was to the fore as the much-loved Scottish author told the world he was "officially Very Poorly" and was expected to live for just "several months".

4 Apr 2013 - 2:49am

New machine radiates hope for cancer patients

Dr Michael Kam shows off the new system. Photo: Nora Tam

The Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin has launched a new radiotherapy system that treats cancerous tumours faster and better.

The machine detects the motion of patients' tumours and directs radiation at them only when they are within an appropriate range.

21 Mar 2013 - 4:05am

World leaders join throngs of mourners at Chavez funeral

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attends the funeral of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Photo: AFP

World leaders gathered in Caracas to join throngs of mourners at a state funeral for Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez on Friday, while the nation begins life without him with the formal swearing-in of his political heir.

9 Mar 2013 - 3:06am 1 comment

Mobile phone radiation: it's better to be safe than sorry

Pong's case claims to reduce exposure to cellphone radiation.

The second volume of a report that detailed the history of technologies later found to be harmful has sparked discussion over the possibility that mobile phones have cancer-causing radiation.

11 Mar 2013 - 10:37am 1 comment

Ailing Chavez fighting for life, vice-president says

Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolas Maduro. Photo: AP

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is fighting for his life in a Caracas military hospital 10 days after returning from cancer treatment in Cuba, his vice-president said.

2 Mar 2013 - 4:48am