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Hanoi hosts sunflower day for children with cancer

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Sunflowers made for patients with cancer

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Sunflowers made for patients with cancer

QĐND – Friday, October 22, 2010, 22:35 (GMT+7)

Festive days to make thousands of sunflowers to raise funds for patients with cancer will be hosted by Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in late October and early November.

Specifically, the festive day will take place at Ho Chi Minh City Children’s House and Ho Chi Minh Cemetery on October 31st while a similar day will be held at Hanoi Children’s Palace on November 7th.

During the festive days, there will be activities to share compassion with the patients, such as creating around 15,000 sunflowers in Ho Chi Minh City and 10,000 sunflowers in Hanoi in order to make a field of sunflowers “For patients with cancer” in the capital of Hanoi.

An exhibition showcasing moving stories related to Le Thanh Thuy, a young dweller in Ho Chi Minh City will be also opened on these days.

All proceeds, collected from selling sunflowers at a price of VND 10,000 each and auctioning paintings by patients with cancer, will be presented to the fund to assist patients with cancer.

The event is held for the third time by the Youth Newspaper, Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi Youth Unions, Ho Chi Minh City Children’s House, Hanoi Children’s Palace, and a voluntary group, “Light up Dreams”.

Source: TT

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Cancer children enjoy Nelson Mandela’s birthday celebration

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2010 at 3:20 pm

To mark the birthday of former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa decided to celebrate the occasion by doing charity work and raising donations to help children suffering from cancer at the National Cancer Hospital K2, in Hanoi on July 19.

Youth cancer patients receive gifts from the Embassy at National Cancer Hospital K2 in Hanoi (Photo: Courtesy of the Embassy)

Joining hands with the South African Embassy in Hanoi to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day, the National Cancer Hospital, the Brazilian and Indian Embassies, An Ninh Thu Do Newspaper, the Vietnam Circus Federation, AAA Insurance, Haki and the Abbott Milk Company donated 60 packages of gifts, including milk, toys, candy and comic books worth more than VND60 million, to cancer-suffering kids in the hospital.

In addition, young patients also very much enjoyed a program performed by the artists from the Vietnam Circus Federation.

Nelson Mandela’s birthday was endorsed as an internationally recognized day by the United Nations in 2009 in honor of Mandela’s dedication in to humanity in conflict resolution, race relations, promotion and protection of human rights, reconciliation, gender equality and the rights of children and other vulnerable groups. Mandela Day is a call to action for people everywhere to take responsibility for making the world a better place, one small step at a time.

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Nguyen Nhat Anh’s works to be auctioned for patients with cancer

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Nguyen Nhat Anh’s works to be auctioned for patients with cancer

QĐND – Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 20:53 (GMT+7)

An online auction of four works by reputed writer Nguyen Nhat Anh will be held by for “Ben’s Smile” programme on and from July 17th to August 7th, aiming to raise funds for children with cancer.

Accordingly, the 8-volume book, titled Kính vạn hoa, will be auctioned from 9 am on July 17th to 12pm on July 24th, while Tôi là Bêtô, Cho tôi xin một vé đi tuổi thơ and Đảo mộng mơ  will be sold for auction from 9am on July 25th to 12pm on July 31st.

Each auctioned book will include the writer’s signature and the most favourite passage.

Moreover, a lacquer painting of phyllocactus-queen of the dark will be up for  auction at an initial price of VND 2.5 million.

The “Ben’s Smile” programme was initiated and has been run by journalist Ngo Thanh Thuy since August 2008, 6 months after her son, Tran Ngo Vu Khoi died of kidney cancer. The programme’s goal is to grant assistance to families of children suffering from cancer.

Source: TT

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Doctor: Over 73 percent of cancer patients dead

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2010 at 12:30 pm

The fatal toll among cancer patients in Vietnam has increased to 73.5 percent, Associate Professor Dr Mai Trong Khoa, deputy director of Hanoi-based Bach Mai Hospital said June 19.

Cancer patients are treated at a hospital in Hanoi (File photo: VTC)

The disease treatment has found more difficult and taken more time as patients usually late discover that they are infected with the disease, when it has come to metastasis phase, he said.

Dr. Khoa added that the number of cases infected with cancers in the world has also increased, especially in developing countries.

In developed countries, patients are usually soon discovered. As a result, the death toll is lower, about 50-65 percent, he said.

At present Bach Mai Hospital is treating a 71 year old woman named Nguyen Thi Tuan Kh., one amid rare cases of people contaminated with two types of cancers.

Dr. Khoa said that in the world, the ratio of people with two cancers is accounted for just 0.1 percent of cancer patients.

Source: SGGP

Free breast cancer screening launched for poor women

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:40 am

A program that will provide free MRI screenings for the early detection of breast cancer to meager-income women, was launched in Ho Chi Minh City, said the Hoan My Clinic.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Soi receives a free MRI breast cancer scan conducted by Aurora MRI 1.5 Tesla (Photo: Courtesy of Hoan My Clinic)

The program is sponsored by the Charity Fund named Dr. Nguyen Huu Tung, Mr. Allen Yu and Taipei Medical University, and Hoan My Breast Care Center (Hoan My Clinic). It began in June 10. 

The Hoan My Breast Care Center provided free MRI (conducted by Aurora Breast MRI 1.5 Tesla) to about 100 poor Vietnamese women considered by doctors to be at high risk for breast cancer.

In order for inclusion in the program, women must be examined by doctors from Hoan My hospital, or Ho Chi Minh Cancer hospital, Cho Ray hospital, HCM Medical University hospital, Hung Vuong hospital, Tu Du hospital, or the FV hospital in the city.

The breast MRI cases are allocated to the various hospitals. Now, Hoan My Breast Care Center has been examining potential breast cancer cases with Aurora Breast MRI.

The program’s total expenditures total around VND420 million.

According to WHO, breast cancer is one of the most common diseases among women, accounting for 23% of cancer cases. The number of breast cancer cases has been rapidly increasing, going up between 1.5% and 7% per year.

According to Vietnam Union Against Cancer, Hanoi city has highest number of breast cancer patients, and Ho Chi Minh city is the second. Can Tho, Hai Phong, Thai Nguyen, and Thua Thien Hue provinces also rank among the regions suffering from the most cases of breast cancer.

The incidence of breast cancer increases for women aged 30-40 and the ratio for women in their 60’s is 128/100.000.

Dr. Duc Ba Nguyen, PhD. MD – President of Vietnam Union Against Cancer says about 80% of breast cancer cases are curable, if detected early.

Early screenings are one important factor that determines the success of treatment for breast cancer patients. A breast MRI (including biopsy) is considered the “Gold Standard” for cancer screening and detecting.

For further information, please contact: Hoan My Breast Care Center (Hoan My Clinic), located at 72/1 Tran Quoc Toan st., Ward 8, Dist. 3, in HCM City or via 

Source: SGGP

Gene study highlights cancer risk for “never smokers”

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:19 am

While lung cancer is commonly believed to be the preserve of people who smoke or who have smoked, 10 percent of all lung cancer patients worldwide are “never smokers”. AFP file

PARIS (AFP) – A trawl through the DNA codes of hundreds of individuals may help explain why some people who never smoke may be unusually at risk from lung cancer, doctors said on Monday.

Lung cancer is commonly believed to be the preserve of people who smoke or who have smoked.

Yet 10 percent of all lung cancer patients worldwide are “never smokers”, meaning they have not smoked a single cigarette or their lifetime’s tally is less than 100 cigarettes.

The proportion is even higher in Asia, where between 30 and 40 percent of lung cancer victims are “never smokers”. Nearly two-thirds of the worldwide tally among “never smokers” are women.

Work to assess the vulnerability of “never smokers” has been a somewhat neglected issue in cancer research, which has focussed on the far bigger number of smokers who develop lung tumours.

Gene sleuths led by Ping Yang from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, in Rochester, Minnesota, found two telltale genetic variants in Chromosome 13 in a study of 754 never smokers, with or without lung cancer.

Having these variants boosts the risk of lung cancer by nearly 60 percent, the study found.

The variants appear to suppress levels of a protein called GPC5, which plays a role in cell proliferation.

Further work is needed to confirm these findings and explore why never smokers develop cancer.

One theory is that someone with genetic vulnerability could develop lung cancer after a common, but as yet unidentified, trigger. Possible candidates include second-hand tobacco smoke, environmental pollutants, arsenic and the human papillomavirus.

The paper is published online by the journal The Lancet Oncology.

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Maine to consider cell phone cancer warning

In World on December 23, 2009 at 11:32 am

A Maine legislator wants to make the state the first to require cell phones to carry warnings that they can cause brain cancer, although there is no consensus among scientists that they do and industry leaders dispute the claim.

The now-ubiquitous devices carry such warnings in some countries, though no U.S. states require them, according to the National Conference of State Legislators. A similar effort is afoot in San Francisco, where Mayor Gavin Newsom wants his city to be the nation’s first to require the warnings.


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A traveler who was delayed by the blizzard that struck the East Coast on Saturday makes a cell phone call at Union Station in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009.

Maine Rep. Andrea Boland, D-Sanford, said numerous studies point to the cancer risk, and she has persuaded legislative leaders to allow her proposal to come up for discussion during the 2010 session that begins in January, a session usually reserved for emergency and governors’ bills.

Boland herself uses a cell phone, but with a speaker to keep the phone away from her head. She also leaves the phone off unless she’s expecting a call. At issue is radiation emitted by all cell phones.

Under Boland‘s bill, manufacturers would have to put labels on phones and packaging warning of the potential for brain cancer associated with electromagnetic radiation. The warnings would recommend that users, especially children and pregnant women, keep the devices away from their head and body.

The Federal Communications Commission, which maintains that all cell phones sold in the U.S. are safe, has set a standard for the “specific absorption rate” of radiofrequency energy, but it doesn’t require handset makers to divulge radiation levels.

The San Francisco proposal would require the display of the absorption rate level next to each phone in print at least as big as the price. Boland’s bill is not specific about absorption rate levels, but would require a permanent, nonremovable advisory of risk in black type, except for the word “warning,” which would be large and in red letters. It would also include a color graphic of a child’s brain next to the warning.

While there’s little agreement about the health hazards, Boland said Maine’s roughly 950,000 cell phone users among its 1.3 million residents “do not know what the risks are.”

All told, more than 270 million people subscribed to cellular telephone service last year in the United States, an increase from 110 million in 2000, according to CTIA-The Wireless Association. The industry group contends the devices are safe.

“With respect to the matter of health effects associated with wireless base stations and the use of wireless devices, CTIA and the wireless industry have always been guided by science, and the views of impartial health organizations. The peer-reviewed scientific evidence has overwhelmingly indicated that wireless devices do not pose a public health risk,” said CTIA’s John Walls.

James Keller of Lewiston, whose cell phone serves as his only phone, seemed skeptical about warning labels. He said many things may cause cancer but lack scientific evidence to support that belief. Besides, he said, people can’t live without cell phones.

“It seems a little silly to me, but it’s not going to hurt anyone to have a warning on there. If they’re really concerned about it, go ahead and put a warning on it,” he said outside a sporting good store in Topsham. “It wouldn’t deter me from buying a phone.”

While there’s been no long-term studies on cell phones and cancer, some scientists suggest erring on the side of caution.

Last year, Dr. Ronald B. Herberman, director emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, sent a memo to about 3,000 faculty and staff members warning of risks based on early, unpublished data. He said that children should use the phones only for emergencies because their brains were still developing and that adults should keep the phone away from the head and use a speakerphone or a wireless headset.

Herberman, who says scientific conclusions often take too long, is one of numerous doctors and researchers who have endorsed an August report by retired electronics engineer L. Lloyd Morgan. The report highlights a study that found significantly increased risk of brain tumors from 10 or more years of cell phone or cordless phone use.

Also, the BioInitiative Working Group, an international group of scientists, notes that many countries have issued warnings and that the European Parliament has passed a resolution calling for governmental action to address concerns over health risks from mobile phone use.

But the National Cancer Institute said studies thus far have turned up mixed and inconsistent results, noting that cell phones did not come into widespread use in the United States until the 1990s.

“Although research has not consistently demonstrated a link between cellular telephone use and cancer, scientists still caution that further surveillance is needed before conclusions can be drawn,” according to the Cancer Institute’s Web site.

Motorola Inc., one of the nation’s major wireless phone makers, says on its Web site that all of its products comply with international safety guidelines for radiofrequency energy exposure.

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CT scan radiation can cause cancer: US studies

In World on December 17, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Two US studies published in the Archives of Internal Medicine have found that radiation from computed tomographic (CT) scanners can cause cancer decades after patient exposure.

CT scans use blasts of X-rays in a test that allows doctors to see a three-dimensional image of a targeted organ or tissue.

The first study, undertaken in four San Francisco hospitals, found that “even the median doses (of radiation) are four times higher than they are supposed to be, according to the currently quoted radiation dose for these tests.”

A Pakistani man gets a CT scan. Two US studies published in the Archives of Internal Medicine have found that radiation from computed tomographic (CT) scanners can cause cancer decades after patient exposure.(

Just one CT coronary angiogram on average submits the patient to the equivalent of 309 chest X-rays.

This study found that one 40-year-old woman out of 270 who underwent a CT scan of coronary arteries would develop cancer as a result of the test.

A second test meanwhile found that the 72 million CT scan images done in the United States in 2007 would cause 29,000 supplementary cancers. The data excludes patients who already had a tumor or had the scan as part of end of life treatment.

Cancers caused by the radiation appear 20-30 years after the procedure, it found. “At a 50-percent mortality rate (the scans) will cause approximately 15,000 deaths annually,” the research said.

“The effort to avoid unnecessary excess cancers must be multifaceted,” the study noted suggesting that “radiation protocols should be improved to eliminate the 13-fold difference in radiation dose for the same CT scan,” the studies in the December 14 issue of the AIM said.

“There is far more radiation from medical CT scans than has been recognized previously, in amounts projected to cause tens of thousands of excess cancers annually,” they warned.

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Tiny magnetic discs could kill cancer cells: study

In World on November 30, 2009 at 4:10 am

Tiny magnetic discs just a millionth of a metre in diameter could be used to used to kill cancer cells, according to a study published on Sunday.

Laboratory tests found the so-called “nanodiscs”, around 60 billionths of a metre thick, could be used to disrupt the membranes of cancer cells, causing them to self-destruct.

The discs are made from an iron-nickel alloy, which move when subjected to a magnetic field, damaging the cancer cells, the report published in Nature Materials said.

One of the study’s authors, Elena Rozhlova of Argonne National Laboratory in the United States, said subjecting the discs to a low magnetic field for around ten minutes was enough to destroy 90 percent of cancer cells in tests.

In a commentary on the report, Jon Dobson of Keele University in Britain said antibodies could be used to direct the discs towards tumour cells.

“This provides an elegant and rapid technique for targeting tumour destruction without the side effects associated with systemic treatments such as chemotherapy,” Dobson wrote.

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