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Clinical trials of cancer treatment going well

A 71-year-old man yesterday received a second round of an advanced form of radiotherapy therapy for prostate cancer at the new Shanghai Proton and Heavy Ion Center.

The patient is the first to receive the treatment under a clinical trial being conducted at the facility.

The unnamed man was given his first round of treatment on Saturday and medical staff said there have as yet been no reports of him experiencing an adverse reaction.

The technique, which has already been adopted in several developed countries, including the United States, Japan and Germany, uses beams of protons and heavy ions to irradiate diseased tissue.

Compared with other forms of radiotherapy, the protons and heavy ions more precisely focus the radiation, and generate a more powerful dose to kill cancerous cells without damaging surrounding healthy tissue.

Guo Xiaomao, president of the center, which is affiliated with Shanghai Tumor Hospital, said the therapy is still undergoing clinical trials.

Just 32 patients will be selected to take part, he said.

Anyone who would like to be considered should call 38296600/1, or visit

Once the trial has been completed, the results will be sent to the State Food and Drug Administration, he said.

“Over the coming three to five years we want to be able to carry out 750 treatments annually,” Guo said.


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