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Cancer patient charged with attempted murder of his oncologist

A cancer patient has been charged with attempted murder after attacking an oncologist who refused to perform surgery he wanted to treat the disease, prosecutors in Minhang District said yesterday.

The 70-year-old native of east China’s Zhejiang Province, surnamed Zhang, was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer by doctors at the Shanghai No. 5 People’s Hospital in March last year.

Specialists there recommended that he undergo a course of chemotherapy, but Zhang argued that surgery would be a better option. When his request was refused, he became angry and attacked surgeon Dr Cai Yuankun with a 30-centimeter knife, prosecutors said.

Zhang stabbed at Cai’s head and hands, causing several wounds that required surgery. A number of nurses who tried to intervene were also hurt.

Police took Zhang into custody. A psychological analysis deemed him to be sane at the time of the assault.

According to his family, Zhang had been depressed since being told he had cancer and that it was in its final stages. They said he appealed to Dr Cai as he was an expert in the field.

Prosecutors said Zhang would be charged with attempted murder though if convicted might receive some leniency as the knife he used to attack the surgeon was blunt.


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