On January 7, 2013, the National Health Conference by the Ministry of Health was held in Beijing, China. Professor Kecheng Xu was awarded with "Bethune Medal ", the Top Honor Prize of the national medical profession in recognition of his outstanding contribution in the anti-cancer cause in China and even the world.
Norman Bethune (March 3, 1890 – November 12, 1939), was born in a priestly family in Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada on March 3, 1890. He graduated from the Medical School of the University of Toronto in 1916 and received his bachelor's degree. His thoracic surgery skills enjoyed a high reputation in the medical profession of Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. In early 1938, Bethune led the Canadian and American medical units to come to China and joined the struggle against the Japanese Invaders during the Second World War, where countless wounded were treated and cured by him and his colleagues. Unfortunately, on November 12, 1939, Bethune cut his finger while operating on a soldier and died from tetanus contracted. Chinese leader Mao Zedong wrote a famous article "In Memory of Norman Bethune" praised the spirit of his utter devotion to others without any thought of self, his boundless sense of responsibility in his work and his boundless warm-heartedness towards all the people, and called on the Chinese people to learn from this great international humanitarian. Over the past half century, China served Bethune as a model in the medical profession. In 1991, the Chinese government established a prize named after Bethune, to reward the most outstanding people in the medical profession. The awarding conference is held once every five years. So far, there are only 48 people were honored with the "Bethune Medal ".
Professor Kecheng Xu is the chief president of Guangzhou Fuda Cancer Hospital, famous gastroenterologist and oncologist who had gained remarkable achievements in tumor cryotherapy, cancer microvascular intervention and combined immunotherapy, created the unique "3C "model for patients with advanced cancer. He has published over one hundred papers and edited or written more than 30 professional books. "Modern Cryosurgery for Cancer" is first cancer cryotherapy monograph in the world. He is currently Vice Chairman of the International Society of Cryosurgery and the founder and Honorary Chairman of Asian Institute of Cryosurgery.
Professor Kecheng Xu has been engaged himself in his anti-cancer career in the past decades. Under the leading of Professor Xu, dozens of dying cancer patients obtained a new life. He was hailed as "Alive Bethune", "Respected Doctor with Benevolence ", and “Moral Model" by Chinese officials and media. In 2012, the government of Guangdong Province organized a special group making speeches on the meritorious deeds of Kecheng Xu in Guangdong Province and the capital city of Beijing. Therefore, Dr. Kecheng Xu is well deserved to be awarded the "Bethune Medal ".