Prince of Wales Hospital unveils oncology lab

PUBLISHED : Friday, 17 November, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 17 November, 2006, 12:00am

A state-level oncology laboratory focusing on areas such as intestinal and nasal cancer that are prevalent in Asia was officially opened in Prince of Wales Hospital yesterday.

It is the third in the city with national status, alongside two at the University of Hong Kong that focus on brain disorders and infectious diseases. It will be run by Chinese University's medical faculty.

Lo Yuk-ming, associate dean of the faculty, said the researchers would not only examine the origins of the cancers but also devise clinical treatments to directly benefit patients. 'Our research on clinical treatments could enable us to utilise our research achievements and help patients directly.'

Cancer is the biggest killer in Hong Kong, with about 20,000 new cases reported every year.

Minister of Science and Technology Xu Guanghua attended the opening ceremony and said he hoped the laboratory staff could fully co-operate with mainland counterparts.