Ten years ago, Xiaoxuan (alias), a Malaysian child, was diagnosed with brain cancer. Her parents took her all around to seek medical treatment. As they believed that Chinese doctor should have excellent medical skills since China has a large population, they took the flight to Guangzhou and Xiaoxuan underwent operation at Guangzhou Fuda Cancer Hospital. After two-year treatment, Xiaoxuan’s disease was cured and she did not need to come back to Guangzhou for follow-up treatment. In the following ten years, Xiaoxuan and her parents have been making overseas phone calls on special occasions to express their appreciation to doctors at FUDA. On December 7, 2015 when the “Role Model of the Times” award winner and chief president of Fuda Hospital was invited to deliver a lecture in Malaysia, Xiaoxuan’s family came along the way to the lecture venue. The child with brain cancer ten years ago has grown up and becomes a graceful young lady. Nineteen-year-old Xiaoxuna bowed her thanks to medical workers of FUDA at the venue to express her appreciation to Guangzhou doctors for saving her life.
Ten years ago, the 9-year-old Malaysian child with brain tumor sought treatment and was cured in Guangzhou.
Ten years ago, Xiaoxuan was seeking treatment in Guangzhou.
In 2004, 8-year-old Malaysian girl Xiaoxuan was diagnosed with brain glioma at a local hospital. As tumor was located at a special site in brain, only two third of tumor was removed at the local hospital in the end of 2005. “Brain glioma has a special character. It has an ill-defined margin like crabs and cannot be completely removed through operation. Patients often die of cerebral failure within months or years due to repeated operation.” After operation, Xiaoxuan’s symptoms such as vomiting and headache hadn’t been alleviated. Local doctors suggested Xiaoxuan’s parents to seek for new treatment.
“At the very first start, we had wanted to go to Singapore for treatment. But later we learned that Guangzhou Fuda Cancer Hospital has a local immunotherapy for tumor bed that can prevent tumor recurrence. As we believed Chinese doctors must have excellent medical skills since China has a large population, we took a flight to Guangzhou with Xiaoxuan.” Xiaoxuan’s father recalled.
“There was a 3-4cm large tumor in the third ventricle of cerebrum of Xiaoxuan. The tumor mass blocked the flow of cerebrospinal fluid and caused hydrocephaly. However, another major brain operation is more than what a 9-year-old child could take.” Xu Kecheng, the chief president of Guangzhou Fuda Cancer Hospital told the reporter. After case analysis, Prof. Wu at FUDA decided to give Xiaoxuan the following treatment. Firstly, residual tumor was removed as much as possible during the craniotomy. Then one side of a thin catheter was embedded in the third ventricle of cerebrum and the other side was embedded in abdominal cavity through subcutaneous tunnel of neck and chest to introduce cerebrospinal fluid into abdominal cavity. Then a medicine capsule was embedded in the tumor bed with the open end of the capsule at the basal part of the tumor and the close end under the head skin. After operation, immune preparations are injected into the capsule on a regular basis.
After the operation, Xiaoxuan came to FUDA every other month to receive immune preparation injection. After nearly two years’ treatment and follow-up visit, Xiaoxuan’s disease was cured and she did not need to come back to Guangzhou any more.
According to medical workers at FUDA, Xiaoxuan was very staunch though she was just a little girl when she underwent treatment. Each time after the injection, she would have fever up to 40℃. She managed to get through with it without crying. As Xiaoxuan’s family had been to FUDA for many times, they mingled well with medical workers at FUDA like family members. Xiaoxuan’s father said, “To speak of what we have went through is easy, but it was really difficult to have it done. Medical workers at FUDA have done a lot to take care of us.” He recalled, “I remember there was one time in winter that medical workers at FUDA invited us to have hot spring right after we arrived at FUDA”. As he had been going through the customs and going from and to hospital for many times with Xiaoxuan, in addition he was dark-skinned, medical workers cordially called him “Uncle Pirate”.
Ten years later, the recovered patient came along the way to bow her thanks when Guangzhou doctor delivered a lecture in Malaysia.
Ten years later, Xiaoxuan and her “lifesaver” gathered in Malaysia
Ten years ago, Xiaoxuan’s parents took her to Guangzhou for treatment as the last resort. Ten years later, Xiaoxuan’s family came along the way to the lecture venue in order to express their thanks to the “lifesaver” when they learned that Xu Kecheng was invited to deliver a lecture in Malaysia.
Xiaoxuan grew taller. She has a pair of big dark and sparkle eyes on her round face. The dimple on both cheeks makes her even more beautiful. It is hard to associate the graceful young girl with the child with brain cancer ten year ago.
“Ah, is it really you, Xiaoxuan?”“Nice meeting you, president Xu. It is me.” Xu Kecheng could not believe that the girl who was standing right in front of him is the girl with brain cancer ten years ago. “She embraced me tightly with tears in her eyes. I could feel a small bulging on her left head skin through her black hair.” Xu Kecheng said the bulging was the medicine capsule embedded by Prof. Wu ten years ago. It was really amazing that such an inexpensive but effective medicine capsule has saved the lives of hundreds of brain cancer patients.
It is learned that now 19-year-old Xioaxuan is a preparatory student of Methodist Pilley Institute, Sibu, Malaysia. “My classmates just couldn’t tell that I’m a brain cancer survivor. They just wouldn’t believe it when I shared my story with them. I told them it was doctors in Guangzhou who have cured my brain cancer.” She has never forgotten those who have treated her and taken care of her at FUDA. She asked about the recent situations of doctor Wu, her surgeon, Doctor Liu Zhengping, Doctor Wang Feng, the nurse Xiaoxia. She said, “I really appreciate what they have done for me”. She said now her best hope is to have a healthy body. She also hoped she can get the opportunity to go back to Guangzhou and visit medical workers at FUDA again. Xu Kecheng said, “It is my sincere hope that you will apply for Medical School of Jinan University in Guangzhou and become a doctor in the future.”