In the morning of July 30, 2016, the book Living with Cancer written by Prof. Xu Kecheng, chief president of Jinan University School of Medicine affiliated Fuda Cancer Hospital and honorary president of Asian Society of Cryosurgery was launched at Guangzhou Book Center. The book launch was hosted by Guangzhou book center and Guangzhou Publishing House and was co-hosted by Jinan University School of Medicine Affiliated Fuda Cancer Hospital. At the book launch, Prof. Xu introduced to the public the concept of his new book Living with Cancer, meaning to make cancer a controllable chronic disease with elimination and reform.
According to statistics, there are 8,550 newly diagnosed cancer cases every day in China and one out of 7-8 people dies of cancer, which have made everybody become cancer-adverse. In this regard, Prof. Xu noted, “As cancer will become the main cause of human death in the future, it is not advisable to become cancer-adverse. Instead, in the fight against cancer, we should not only focus our attention on the tumor itself but also should regard the patient as a whole. Therefore, cancer should be comprehensively treated as a chronic disease with the approach of elimination and reform. ”
Since the initiation of Guangzhou Fuda Cancer Hospital in 2003, Prof. Xu Kecheng has been taking advanced cancer patients as the main treatment object and taking prolonging patient’s life and improving their life quality as main targets. Under his leadership, Fuda Cancer Hospital took the lead in China to have introduced such advanced technologies as argon-helium cryosurgery and NanoKnife for cancer treatment and has thus formed its therapeutic characteristics featured with local ablation, microvascular intervention, and combined immunotherapy for cancer. A combination of local treatment and systemic treatment is designed to control the tumor and care for the patients so as to improve patients’ life quality and prolong their lifespan.
However, Xu Kecheng, who has been working in the cause of cancer treatment for several decades, was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma in 2006. He has been maintaining a positive attitude and cooperating with treatment since his cancer diagnosis. Ten years have passed, he is still healthy as he used to be. His cancer experience and years of clinical practice in cancer treatment have prompted him to write the book Living with Cancer. Prof. Xu Kecheng said his book is an attempt to make people realize that cancer is a type of chronic disease and cancer cells cannot be overkilled; cancer is not fearful as long as cancer patients can keep a positive attitude, uphold a correct concept, adopt innovative strategy and receive appropriate treatment, they can finally reach a peaceful coexistence with cancer.
The book launch has attracted a large number of people at Guangzhou book center. Dr. Lin from Vancouver, Canada said he very much agrees with prof. Xu’s anti-cancer concept. He would buy 1,000 copies to spread the concept of living with cancer. He is also planning to translate the book from Chinese into English and brought it to Canadian doctors, enabling them to learn Chinese-style anti-cancer treatment.
Many citizens have had a new understanding of anti-cancer treatment after listening to prof. Xu’s lecture. Mr. Qiu said his father was newly diagnosed with lung cancer sizing up to 1.8cmx5.4cm and is asking around the best treatments possible. He was deeply inspired after listening to Prof. Xu’s interpretation of anti-cancer treatment and bought a copy on the spot. He is planning to use the ideas in the book to encourage his father to be strong and optimistic in the face of cancer.