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Transport magnate to establish new cancer hospital

Transport magnate to establish new cancer hospital

Taiwan-based transport conglomerate Evergreen Group is set to establish a new cancer hospital in Sijhih, Taipei County, utilizing the heavy ion therapy introduced from Japan, group senior officials said Friday.
They noted that the therapy deploys a complicate particle accelerator to expedite carbon and neon ions to treat certain cancers, and that specialists in Japan have concluded that it best cures breast, cervical, and prostate cancer.
"Conventional radiotherapy sometimes provides less-than-necessary radiation dosage to cancers in certain body parts, while surgery sometimes undermines the organ's normal function," they said.
"But heavy ion therapy can be a third, non-intrusive alternative when both therapies are inapplicable."
During a press conference Thursday, Group Chairman Chang Yung-fa said that the new heavy ion institute and hospital may require initial funding of US$200 million to acquire the technology and equipment from Japan, as well as to establish a 13.2-hacter building complex to accommodate the facilities.
The institute and hospital will be dedicated to therapy improvement and ensuring the patient's welfare, Chang said, adding that he believes in "no patient should be left unattended," so even though full course treatment in Japan costs 3 million yen (approximately US$26,600), medical subsidies will be provided to local patients without financial viability to ensure their right to proper treatment.
In the preparatory stage, Chang said, experts in engineering physics, medical engineering, chemotherapeutics, and medical science will be recruited and sent to Japan for one-year training on the heavy ion therapy.


Updated : 2020-12-02 05:20 GMT+08:00