Gastrointestinal Cancer

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Health bites

Red alert for bowel cancer

Tuesday, 14 August, 2012, 1:04pm

Spotlight on a silent killer

It was just before Christmas last year when Patricia Chan had what she thought was the flu and took to bed for four days. Chan was relieved when she felt better and returned to work: she was too busy to be ill.

Then she got a stomach ache.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Painkillers may guard against skin cancer

Aspirin and other similar painkillers may help protect against skin cancer, according to a study published online today in Cancer, a journal of the American Cancer Society.

29 May 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

Plucky senior more than a match for disease

Three years ago, Wong Mei-fung beat stage-two breast cancer with chemotherapy and surgery.

Wong (whose real name has been changed for reasons of patient confidentiality), then 72, had never married, but had built a network of close friends and relatives who supported her throughout her ordeal. Through it all, she was positive and upbeat.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Rare disease remains hidden

The recent death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has turned the spotlight on pancreatic cancer, which claims about 400 lives every year in Hong Kong. The type of cancer that Jobs had - a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumour (PNET) - is actually a rare form of the cancer.

25 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Shrink outside the box

Seventy-year-old Mr Li always looked forward to his trips to Shanghai for some family time. His son was working in the city, and the joy of visiting him was doubled by the presence of his young grandson.

4 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Alert over colorectal cancer for under-50s

Relatives of colorectal cancer patients are being urged to have regular checks for the condition from 40 years old at the latest, after a screening programme found they were particularly at risk from the disease.

7 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Fatty liver linked to bowel cancer

Patients who suffer from a condition known as 'fatty liver' - an abnormal build-up of fat in the liver - are more likely to develop bowel cancer, one of the most common cancers in Hong Kong, a study has revealed.

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

HK study links liver cancer to male sex hormones

Hong Kong researchers have discovered for the first time that sex hormones are to blame for men's higher susceptibility to liver cancer.

20 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Cancer no barrier to sterling exam scores

A diagnosis of abdominal cancer just the day before her Form Six geology mock examination in June two years ago did not put Shiron Chan Sze-hang off her studies.

After a year off school for treatment, the 20-year-old sat her A levels this year and scored three A's and two C's - better than most students could hope for.

1 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Surgeon struck off for fatal mistake

A veteran surgeon whose 'fundamental mistake' during an operation caused the death of a cancer patient has been struck off for a year.

The Medical Council yesterday found Dr Dominic Kam Chun-ming guilty of professional misconduct after he cut a crucial vein in the liver and the bile duct while removing part of a patient's stomach.

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

The City Digest item headlined 'Microwave technology tackles liver cancer' published on page C1 on March 31 wrongly stated that the treatment was introduced by Chinese University. The university in question was the University of Hong Kong.

4 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Microwave technology tackles liver cancer

A new way to treat liver cancer - using microwaves to cook the affected cells - has been introduced at Queen Mary Hospital by Chinese University. It is the first time the US-developed technology has been used in Asia. It uses a probe to heat cell in the same way as a microwave oven cooks food.

31 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Keyhole surgery helps cancer sufferers

Patients with early-stage cancers of the stomach and oesophagus may benefit from a keyhole surgery procedure which United Christian Hospital has been trying out for the past six years, doctors said.

The surgery is performed using an endoscope which is fed into the patient's oesophagus or stomach via the mouth.

17 Jan 2008 - 12:00am