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World Cancer Day | Connecting Shanghai and Kazakhstan with International Tele-Consultation:A jointly Treated Bone Tumor Case glimpse a will of "Belt and Road" Health Community


Cancer prevention and research are global issues that require extensive international cooperation. February 4, 2024 is the 25th World Cancer Day, initiated by the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) in 2000. It falls on February 4 each year and aims to advocate for new methods to promote cooperation among organizations, accelerate progress in cancer research, prevention, and treatment, and benefit human health.

Under the blueprint of the "the Belt and Road" initiative, international cooperation and exchanges have become the key force to promote medical progress. In order to implement the "the Belt and Road" initiative, promote international exchanges and cooperation in the diagnosis and treatment of bone tumors, break through geographical restrictions, and provide more comprehensive and professional medical advice and services for bone tumor patients in countries along the line. The Orthopedic Oncology Department of Shanghai General Hospital has established extensive cooperative relationships with medical institutions in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Israel, and China’s Xinjiang, Shaanxi, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and other regions. These collaborations not only promote medical and health exchanges between regions, but also provide patients with more convenient and efficient medical services.

In July 2023, at the invitation of Dr. Wang Chengwei, Dean of Xinjiang Cancer Hospital, Dr. Han Jing from the Department of Orthopedic Oncology at Shanghai General Hospital, along with a team of experts led by Dr. Wang, visited and exchanged ideas in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. This was also the first time that our center had established contact with medical institutions in Central Asian countries.


Recently, a patient with a complex and huge pelvic tumor at the National Medical Science Center of Kazakhstan sought remote medical consultation from the Department of Orthopedics and Oncology at Shanghai General Hospital. Through international remote consultations and exchanges, we gather the wisdom of both parties, share resources, and provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment support for patients.


The personnel participating in the consultation and exchange at the National Medical Science Center of Kazakhstan include Abby Baygengenjiendi, Dean of the Center, Sayahemetov Yerjiang, Director of the Cancer Center, Berikbor Daullet, Director of the Cancer Imaging Department, and Omilserik Halken, Director. Experts including Hua Yingqi, Director of the Department of Bone Oncology at Shanghai First People's Hospital, Ma Xiaojun, Director of the Department of Pathology, Lin Jun, Director of the Department of Imaging, Yin Xiaorui, and others participated in this consultation.

The remote consultation with the National Medical Science Center of Kazakhstan provided a young patient with a pelvic tumor. Previously, the patient had traveled to multiple countries such as Germany, South Korea, and Russia for diagnosis and treatment. However, the treatment effect was poor, and the tumor progressed rapidly. Currently, the patient has difficulty walking and can only stay in bed. This consultation was held in a remote center consultation room in Shanghai, where experts from both countries had in-depth face-to-face exchanges on the patient's condition, medical history, and other information through clear video and voice images. Through careful examination of the patient's relevant examination data, a bone oncology expert in Shanghai provided preliminary diagnosis and treatment guidance for the consultation case. The patient's current preliminary diagnosis is a malignant bone tumor, with rapid progression and huge size. Although the surgery is difficult, considering the patient's young age, the team will try to preserve the patient's limbs as much as possible while removing the tumor. After communication, the family expressed a strong desire to visit our hospital for further treatment as soon as possible after the Spring Festival.


The launch of this cross-border remote medical consultation activity coincides with World Cancer Day, where China and Kazakhstan jointly discuss cancer prevention and treatment issues, share diagnosis and treatment experience, and research results. Through international cooperation and exchanges, we believe that both sides will make greater contributions to the global challenge of fighting cancer and provide better protection for the health and well-being of patients.


At the same time, with the deepening of the "the Belt and Road" initiative, it is believed that the cooperation model will become the norm. Through technological and cultural exchanges, both sides can further deepen their cooperative relationship and jointly make greater contributions to the cause of human health.

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