Radiation Oncology

Going with the grain

William Chan, 75, had been in good health, though he did have a few episodes of prostatitis, a condition where the prostate swells.

Tuesday, 1 May, 2012, 12:00am

The last word in courage

After a 10-month battle with a brain tumour, my only son Elton passed away on December 18 at the age of six. His funeral was held on Christmas Day.

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Radiotherapy may damage healthy organs

Radiotherapy on a relatively healthy patient would be damaging and irreversible, Medical Association president Choi Kin said yesterday.

'I have not the faintest idea how this could have happened,' Dr Choi said in response to the latest medical blunder, in which biopsy specimens of two patients at Tung Wah Hospital were mixed up.

1 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

To treat or not to treat

ON HEARING A cancer diagnosis the most likely question a patient will ask is: 'Will I live?'

But there is a lot more a patient can ask a doctor, and there is much to learn about the illness that can help a patient make informed choices.

Patients have a say over what treatment to receive based on doctors' recommendations.

31 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Latest treatment lifeline for victims of nasal cancer

Cutting-edge laser procedure increases the control rate to 88pc, says institute

An advanced treatment offers increased survival rates and reduced side-effects for sufferers of a cancer common in southern China, university researchers say.

3 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain . . . all will be explained

Can an animal be the hybrid of two existing animals?

A hybrid is an animal or plant produced from parents of different breeds or types.

The mule is a hybrid - it is the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse. But you cannot mate two mules and get another mule, because they are sterile.

15 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Chief returns

Housing chief Dominic Wong Shing-wah returned to work after a throat operation. He said he would have to undergo radiotherapy over the next few weeks.

10 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Machine brings new hope to cancer patients

EQUIPMENT which could cure some cancer patients has been installed at the Prince of Wales Hospital as part of an $18 million programme.

Only the second of its type in the world, the state-of-the-art radiotherapy machine is able to target tumours for destruction without damaging surrounding healthy tissue.

3 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Patients to go under X-knife

TWO brain cancer patients are waiting to discover who will be the first to undergo X-knife surgery.

Each is a candidate for the arc of high-dosage radiation that can pinpoint a tumour deep within a patient's brain.

17 Nov 1995 - 12:00am

Ray of hope for patients

SALES manager Billy Kwok had one thing to be thankful for after he collapsed in March and was diagnosed with a brain tumour: at least he wouldn't have to undergo open surgery to have it removed.

14 Jun 1995 - 12:00am

'Knife' cuts off deadly diseases

HONG KONG doctors will be able to perform brain surgery without opening up the skull or the brain tissue of their patients from today.

The introduction of Gamma knife radio-surgery will enable doctors to treat a range of life-threatening brain diseases which would otherwise be difficult or impossible to treat by conventional methods.

20 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

New equipment to fight cancer

NEW radiotherapy equipment at Queen Mary Hospital which will be safer for staff and treat cancer patients more accurately will be in use by March.

The two computerised radioactive sources cost the Hospital Authority $7 million and allow internal high-dose treatment.

13 Jan 1995 - 12:00am