Yahya CAIRO (Xinhua) -- “It’s no longer a dream to
end the sufferings of tumor patients without surgery,” said
Mohamed Hamed, associate professor of Cairo University, at the
closing ceremony of a workshop on a China’s ultrasound therapy
for treating tumors Tuesday.
The 14-day International Workshop on
Ultrasound Therapy of Tumors has been held in Cairo in
cooperation with the Chinese Ministry of Science and
Technology, China’s Chongqing Medical University and the
Egyptian Society of Interventional Radiology.
It is the first ever training workshop
held overseas on the China’s High Intensity Focused
“We have been training physicians from
different Egyptian provinces and different Arab and
African countries,” Hamed, who was supervising the HIFU
training program, told Xinhua.
Some 23 doctors from Egypt, Sudan,
Yemen, Kuwait and Nepal were trained for the therapy
under the auspices of the Chinese government, he added.
The HIFU technology, which was put
into use in Egypt 18 months ago, has treated over 100
malignant tumor cases, mostly breast, liver and uterus
cancers, said Hamed, who is also chairman of the HIFU
The HIFU is a non-invasive therapeutic
technique that uses non-ionizing ultrasonic waves to
heat tissues. It can be used to increase perfusion in a
certain area or destroy the diseased tissue such as
tumors through a number of mechanisms.
(Xinhua) -- Yang Zhu (r), Vice
President of China’s Chongqing Medical University,
awards a certificate to a student at the closing
ceremony of a workshop on China’s ultrasound therapy for
treating tumors in Cairo, Egypt, Aug. 14, 2018. The
14-day International Workshop on Ultrasound Therapy of
Tumors was held in Cairo in cooperation with the Chinese
Ministry of Science and Technology, China’s Chongqing
Medical University and the Egyptian Society of
XINHUA PHOTO: MENG TAO
From 2012 to 2016, the Chongqing
Medical University has organized five similar workshops and
trained 104 doctors from major hospitals in 30 countries
including Egypt, India and Ghana.
“The joint workshops have been a
significant step for advancing scientific and technological
exchanges between developing countries in the field of
ultrasonic medicine, and for promoting the clinical application
of Chinese ultrasonic equipment worldwide,” said Chinese
physician Anne Fu.
“Nearly 40 percent of women in the
world suffer fibroid and many are forced to remove their uterus,
which is a horrible surgery,” Fu told Xinhua.
With the HIFU technology, “we give
hope to women to keep their organ and give birth,” she added.
Even in cases that require surgery,
the HIFU gives patients hope to survive longer, improve life
quality and help the patient live without pain, Fu said.
Shady Hanafy from the Egyptian coastal
city of Alexandria was among the three Egyptian trainees who
went to southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality for the
international workshop in 2016.
“It was a great opportunity to know
about the invention of that sophisticated technology and,
moreover, get engaged with Chinese culture which matches ours,”
This year, Hanafy has been focusing on
the application of HIFU on a variety of cases. He said he was
surprised about its different usages, which are still new and
expensive in Egypt.
Another trainee from Sudan, Ihab Aly,
said “no one would imagine one day that a patient with tumor
could be treated without opening a hole in the body.”
“I wish the cooperation would continue
to offer the HIFU technology in Africa,” he added, saying life
of patients would dramatically change with the HIFU.
The HIFU was known in diagnosing
diseases, but after development of the magnetic resonance waves,
it was used for non-invasive ablation. Researches on the
therapeutic side of HIFU started in China in 1988 and the first
clinic for treatment was opened in 1997.
Another international workshop on the
HIFU will be organized in China next year with participation of
trainees from more countries, added Fu.