【Service Launch of HKU Jockey Club Institute of Cancer Care】
With the generous support of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the LKS Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong (HKUMed) has established the Jockey Club Institute of Cancer Care (HKU JCICC) – the very first purpose-built cancer-specific research and service centre in Hong Kong, which has served 15,313 patients since 2018. HKU JCICC established the first community-based multidisciplinary cancer survivorship clinic to (1) provide support in managing post-treatment symptoms and (2) offer personalised diet and physical activity advice.
‘Physical and psychological symptoms have a profound impact on the well-being of cancer patients and survivors, which may ultimately undermine the effectiveness of their treatment and recovery,’ said Dr Wendy Lam Wing-tak, Director of HKU JCICC; Associate Professor and Division Head, Division of Behavioural Sciences, School of Public Health, HKUMed. ‘It is time to change our concept about cancer, its patients and their recovery. Cancer should be seen as a chronic disease, while cancer patients and survivors should be given long-term and sustained support for a more robust outlook of health.’
‘As HKUMed’s “cancer moonshot”, HKU JCICC provides a pioneering platform for translating scientific innovation into care models that incorporate prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and palliation, in order to address the physical and psychological needs of cancer patients,’ said Professor Gabriel Leung, Dean of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong; Helen and Francis Zimmern Professor in Population Health and Chair Professor of Public Health Medicine, School of Public Health, HKUMed.
First of its kind in Hong Kong, HKU JCICC is committed to filling a long-due service gap in cancer care, and the cancer survivorship clinic is only one of its initiatives. HKU JCICC is HKUMed’s lynchpin in research and knowledge exchange to advance evidence-based tertiary cancer care strategies, and a pioneering platform to provide supportive care to cancer patients, as well as their families and caregivers. The findings gathered through HKU JCICC projects will enable HKUMed to identify and optimise cancer survivorship programmes that are locally relevant and effective in supporting affected individuals to regain normal life and establish a healthy lifestyle.
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