Cancer studies often downplay chemo side effects, study

Medicine for chemotherapy stored in OnCare Hong Kong, an oncology clinic in Admiralty Centre.

Doctors relying on studies published in top journals for guidance on treating women with breast cancer may not be getting the most accurate information, with the side effects of various treatments downplayed, according to a North American study.

Friday, 11 January, 2013, 3:38pm

Private clinics reject claims of mishandling of cancer drugs

Pharmacists say clinics providing chemotherapy in commercial buildings lack safety. Photo: SCMP

Private cancer-treatment clinics yesterday rejected allegations by pharmacists that their safety measures were inadequate to protect patients and staff.

However, both sides backed calls for guidelines to be drawn up, after the Society of Hospital Pharmacists found 19 clinics in commercial buildings handling chemotherapy drugs without taking adequate precautions.

17 Oct 2012 - 3:14am

A matter of buying time

Diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer three years ago, the prognosis for Ms Sin didn't look good. With cancer cells that had spread from her lungs to her brain, bones and liver, Sin (full name withheld for patient confidentiality reasons) was given three to four months to live.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

Life-saving drugs need funding, charity says

A medical charity is asking the public to open its purse strings to help cancer patients buy effective - but expensive - treatments not yet subsidised by the government.

10 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Medical complications

Traditional fung shui masters warn against living in apartment buildings that are close to hospitals, the main problem being that the sha chi of patients and their concerned relatives will be felt by people living nearby. However, in places such as Hong Kong, where space is a constraint, it is not uncommon to see residential buildings next to health care facilities.

30 May 2010 - 12:00am

Standing Strong

On his illness

After two chemotherapy sessions, none of the side effects happened. I can eat more, sleep better ... Your care and support motivates me to win the battle

On vindicating June 4

11 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Hirsute donor a tad tressed out over gesture of solidarity

For the first time in about a decade, Melissa Kaftarian Strecker is wearing her hair short. Although she was nervous about the change, the Hong Kong-based NGO worker committed to the cut because the trimming would be donated to Locks For Love, a charity that makes wigs for children with cancer.

21 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Medical experts fight to improve prognoses

The most common type of brain cancer for adults aged over 19 is called glioma. Most adult glioma patients with the disease have an aggressive form of it known as high-grade glioma. Even with treatment, life expectancy of these patients is usually less than 12 to 14 months.

10 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Strengthening bonds with loved ones

Last year, doctors diagnosed Chan Wai-yee with terminal lung cancer. At the age of 48, he was told he would have only six months to live.

But instead of breaking down or lashing out in rage, the devout Christian and father of two turned to his faith, praying and asking for a little more time so he could take care of unfinished business.

22 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Those at fault should pay, says group

Hong Kong Adult Blood Cancer Group says those responsible for the death of a leukaemia patient because of a medical blunder should bear the blame and compensate the family. It also called for an independent investigation.

9 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Liberal studies

Word Power

Match the following words with their meanings on

the right.

1. overhaul

2. curb

3. indoctrinate

4. notorious

5. whitewashed

6. toppled

a. covered up (usually mistakes)

b. impose certain beliefs/values on somebody

c. revamp; reform

12 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Boy's family sues over cancer mix-up

The family of a teenager from Henan wrongly given six months of chemotherapy for anaemia is seeking 500,000 yuan from the Luoyang hospital that misdiagnosed him.

Zhang Gangming, 16, has been bedridden at home since treatment stopped in December last year. He has lost all his hair and has been unable to attend school.

8 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Devastated parents short of cash and options for son

Returning home to wait for death may be the only option left for 12-year-old lymphoma patient Zhang Xin. His family has already gone broke paying for his treatment and cannot afford more chemotherapy.

3 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Finding strength in faith

I got baptised on December 12 last year, after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in September 2003. I was lucky; they detected it in its early stages.

4 Apr 2005 - 12:00am