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NTU leukemia treatment center winning reputation

2012/06/30 20:03:17

Taipei, June 30 (CNA) A leukemia treatment center run by National Taiwan University (NTU) has conducted over 100 bone marrow transplants over the past three years and has become one of the leading pioneers in the field, the school said Saturday.

Since Taiwan's first bone marrow transplant in 1984, there have been some 1,200 others, with the Tai Cheng Stem Cell Therapy Center carrying out 120 in the past three years.

Established in 2010, the center is the largest of its kind in Taiwan and treats only leukemia patients, said NTU President Lee Si-chen at a ceremony to mark the clinic’s third anniversary.

The center has served hundreds of patients and has built up a database of more than 1,400 cases so far, its statistics show. The annual number of patient visits averages 3,500, the figures show.

Meanwhile, NTU has been working in collaboration with MD Anderson Cancer Center of Texas in the U.S., the world's top cancer research institute, since March, when they signed a memorandum of understanding, Lee said.

He also noted that a new cancer hospital is scheduled to open in Taiwan next year, saying it will help meet the demand for cancer treatment in the country, he said.

Hon Hai Group Chairman Terry Gou, who funded the leukemia clinic, said at the ceremony that it has established a good reputation in the field.

Gou expressed gratitude to the doctors and nurses serving at the center and said he is gratified that patients now can have better medical treatment, compared with years ago when his younger brother was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.

The center was named after Tony Gou, who lost his battle with leukemia five years ago.

(By James Lee)