China's first heavy-ion beam cancer treatment center to annually receive 2,000 patients

15:37, March 05, 2011      

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China's first center providing heavy-ion therapy for cancer patients is expected to treat 2,000 patients every year after the first phase of its construction is completed in 2013, said a spokesman with the science and technology bureau of Lanzhou City, capital of the northwestern Gansu Province.

The construction of the Lanzhou Heavy-Ion Beam Cancer Treatment Center, which began in last February, would include a heavy-ion accelerator with four terminals, buildings on ground and other medical devices, said the spokesman.

The project would cover 26.7 hectares and cost about 1 billion yuan (152 million U.S. dollars), he said.

The first phase of the project, with 500 beds, is expected to be put into use in the second half of 2013 and annually treat 2,000 tumor cases since then, he said.

Lanzhou municipal government and Shengda Group signed an agreement to jointly build the center in July in 2009.

Heavy ion beam is considered to be one of the most advanced and effective cancer treatment methods in the world. It is more accurate, and causes less damage to healthy tissue and have a higher cure rate than conventional radiotherapies.

China is the fourth nation to carry out clinical studies on tumor treatment using heavy-ion beam device, after the United States, Germany and Japan.

Zhan Wenlong, vice president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said China has completely independent intellectual property right on the cancer treatment equipment in the center, and the Lanzhou Institute of Modern Physics would offer core technologies in this regard.

Source: Xinhua
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