gene therapy for cancer patients
often get readers' emails on our Chinese culture website.
Most of the emails were usual enquiries about Chinese culture,
or Chinese traditions. Recently, we recieved a very different
from a reader in Norway. This is part of his email:
I am looking for cancer hospitals in China which provide
treatment with the drug Gendicine (or other new and approved
are unavailable in the west). Do you have any information
that could help me in my search?"
reader has been seeking high and low on the internet regarding gene
therapy cancer treatment in China for a long,
long time. His mother has cancer and he was anxious to seek
the best medical help for her.
it was an enquiry of humanitarian interest, we decided to help.
searched the internet about gene therapy cancer treatment in
China and was able to get many references immediately, especially
about a Dr Li Dinggang of Haidian Hospital in
Beijing, China. We translated his name into Chinese and then
did a internet search in Chinese
again and was able to find out his contact details from his hospital's
our search process, we realized that Dr Li has become almost
a legend for his miraculous gene therapy treatment for cancer.
Not only were
there many local Chinese who seek him out but also many Western
patients who found out about him through other Western patients
who have recieved successful treatment from him and had highly
are some extracts from Businessweek...
Dr. Li Dinggang, the 50-year-old director of the Gene Therapy
Center, is an oncologist who spent five years as a research
fellow at Johns Hopkins University in the 1990s. Since 1997,
he has worked closely with Dr. Peng Zhaohui, the chairman and
chief executive of SiBiono, seeking to make China a leader
in the field of gene therapy [for treatment of cancer]."
"...Gendicine itself combines a gene named
p53, which suppresses tumor formation, with a modified common
the product is injected into a [cancer] tumor, the virus carries
the gene into cancer cells. The gene then prompts the tumor cells
would like to help!
contacted a Chinese friend in China, who in turn help us contact
Dr Li on the phone at the hospital. Despite it being a Sunday,
Dr Li was kind enough to reply our phone call immediately.
Li has this advice for our Norwegian reader:
To send to Dr Li his mother's medical case history in English
Dr Li will then advize if his mother should seek admission to
immediately inform our Norwegian reader Dr Li's reply and he is now
seeking translation of his mother's case history.
our research on the internet, we also came across many medical
discussion forums, where many readers were seeking for
information on how to contact Dr Li or to seek admission to Dr
Li's hospital. Many
readers were desperate as their loved ones were crtitically ill
despite seeking many other forms of medical treatment for cancer.
They had heard of Dr Li and his successful gene therapy cancer
treatment in Beijing, China but were unable to advance further
were little or no information
how to contact Dr Li or his hospital. If there were any information
in print or on the internet, it was mostly in Chinese.
their despair and anxiety, we posted our availability to help
them contact Dr Li or the hospital in one of these forums. In
two days, we recieved more than 10 enquiries!
you can help yourself
was not easy answering so many enquiries. Hence, this website
was set up as a general answer centre. On this website, you
Learn more about gene therapy in cancer treatment
Get to know Dr Li and his pioneering work in gene therapy for
Learn how to seek admission to Dr Li's Haidian Hospital in
China. (Please check top right portion of this website)
you need further help?
readers has feed-back to us that contacting Dr Li or the
hospital was a bit difficult because of the language difficulties.
readers were also worried about transport, accomodation and
other difficulties if they were to go to Beijing, China
for gene therapy treatment as such treatment may take up
to two months or even more.
us know and we'll see how we can help.
have some Chinese friends in Beijing, China who can also
help with hospital admission, short term accomodation and
transportation issues. Again let us know and we'll seek their
help in turn.