Cancer

Help inspires hope

The saying 'misfortunes never come singly' is an apt description of Ng Kam-mui's life in recent years. First, her husband fell victim to cancer and became so depressed he killed himself. Not long after that, Ng herself was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Sunday, 17 June, 2012, 12:00am

Recovery of dying cells may help in treating cancer

Normal cells become cancerous after being brought back from the brink of suicide, Chinese University researchers have found in a groundbreaking study that may lead to new cancer treatments.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Doctors join forces to cut soaring lung cancer toll

Doctors dealing with lung cancer on the mainland, the world's largest consumer and producer of tobacco, have set up the first association focused on battling the disease and its causes.

1 May 2012 - 12:00am

Learning how to give back

Like many students, Hong Kong International Schoolers Maude Latour and Olivia Cherry enjoy raising money for those in need. Their idea to help other children led to a campaign which raised nearly HK$12,000 for cancer sufferers in Hong Kong.

The two Girl Scouts were asked to submit their plans for an 'action project' last September.

27 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Screened to be believed

In a span of four years, three of six siblings in the Wong family were diagnosed with either breast or ovarian cancer. All three carried a hereditary mutation in the genes known as BRCA, which increases the risk for both diseases - although BRCA is named after the first two letters of 'breast' and 'cancer'.

17 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

China and Europe partner to study cancer treatment

Chinese and European medical institutions have launched a joint project to study cancer immunotherapy, the use of the immune system to eradicate cancer.

The treatment, which stimulates the immune system to attack cancerous cells, has drawn widespread global attention over the past two decades but has achieved limited clinical success.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Quiz

Janey Helland of Mapleton, Minnesota, didn't think twice when tanning in high school and college.

'I used tanning beds to get ready for homecoming and prom,' she says. 'In college, I tanned before a trip to Barbados, because I didn't want to get sunburned.'

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

How to face down a killer

Ben Cho was 30 years old when he was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma, or cancer of the nose.

Although rare in other parts of the world, where it tends to affect fewer than 10 out of a million people, the cancer has a much higher incidence among males in Hong Kong - 200 to 300 out of a million.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Making a decision? No need to rush

Aries

March 21 - April 19

You are naturally energetic and impatient, so having to wait your turn doesn't come easily. This week, you'll get the chance to exercise those patience muscles! Clean things, reorganise your wardrobe, start a new project early or take some flowers to an elderly neighbour.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

letters

Let's give mainland drivers a chance

12 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Putting cancer in its place

When Aaron Ching Long was seven, a daunting battle with cancer changed the fit, jolly youngster into a miserable, skeletal boy.

Aaron, now 20, contracted a type of blood cancer called lymphoma, in his intestines. Bed-bound for eight months, when he was finally discharged from hospital he did not remember how to walk.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

The End of Illness

The End of Illness by David Agus Simon and Schuster (e-book)

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Fighting chance

He seemed to be doing everything right for a healthy life: he did not drink or smoke, and had been running and swimming every day for the past decade. But Lai, 46, a policeman, was diagnosed with first-stage nasopharyngeal cancer in 2006.

7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Your destiny is in your own hands

Aries

March 21 - April 19

You are top dog this week - even if you think you've done nothing to deserve that accolade!

Occasionally, the universe rewards our efforts with a little praise. This comes in the form of surprise gifts, unexpected phone calls, actual awards or just a sense of unexplained joy. Enjoy this time. It's worth savouring.

3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

How attitudes play a role in India's cancer rate

By the time Archana Lal, a government midwife in Chandigarh, India, consulted a doctor in August, she had been experiencing constant pain and discharge in her left breast for some months. It was only when it became unbearable that her husband dragged her to see a doctor.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am