A high-level government committee is being formed to co-ordinate services and resources in the fight against cancer, the No 1 killer in Hong Kong. The move is being seen as a recognition that 'a continuum of care' is needed to prevent and treat the disease, which accounted for one in three deaths last year. The new Cancer Co-ordinating Committee, to be set up this month, will review relevant data and devise preventive strategies, a spokesman for the Health and Welfare Bureau said. Only Aids has such a high-level committee attached to the bureau, the Council of the Aids Trust Fund, which administers a $350 million-fund to help HIV-infected haemophiliacs and strengthen medical and support services. Professor Jonathan Sham Shun-tong, head of the department of clinical oncology at the University of Hong Kong, said the cancer committee would look at prevention, early diagnosis and treatment, and hospice care. Professor Sham, who has been invited to sit on the committee, said: 'Worldwide there is a movement to try to deal with cancer, such as diet changes and the recent debate on smoking bans in restaurants.' He hoped the taskforce would have members from the private-sector. 'We cannot rely totally on the Government to provide the resources, especially in trying to catch up with cutting-edge development as it has decided to cap spending on health care.' Dr Kevin Loh, medical oncologist at the AmMed Cancer Centre in Adventist Hospital, said Hong Kong should adopt a team approach in treating the disease. 'For most cancer patients, even in the early stage they will benefit from having a team that involves surgeons, medical oncologists, radiologists and pathologists,' he said. 'All of these specialists can contribute towards formulating a treatment plan.'