VECD Fellowship Site Directors:
Xiao Ou Shu, MD, PhD (Vanderbilt University)
Thuan Tran, MD (NICC)
Donna J. Ingles
Site specialties: breast and colorectal cancers
- Vietnam National Institute for Cancer Control (NICC) is affiliated with the K Hospital, which was established in 1923 and is the largest hospital specializing in oncology in Vietnam, including 3 campuses with more than 1500 beds and providing treatment to more than 17,000 patients each year.
- The K Hospital leads the country in cancer research and training and has 21 clinical departments and centers, 10 diagnostic and imaging departments.
- K Hospital and the NICC have 835 staff members, of whom 210 are attending physicians and 20 are tenured as Associate Professors of Medicine. It is accredited for offering resident and clinical fellow training programs in oncology, a Master of Science program in Oncology, and a Ph.D. training program in oncology for both basic scientists and clinical oncologists.
- The NICC has seven departments and is responsible for the development of research on cancer care and coordinates the Target Programs for Cancer Control. NICC is responsible for the development of research on cancer care.
- The NICC houses the cancer registry of Vietnam, which is part of the IARC network of cancer registries that feed the IARC cancer database annually. Currently, this and all cancer registries in the country are hospital-based and do not collect mortality information.
- The NICC carries out a variety of research activities, mainly clinical trials on breast and colorectal cancers and has conducted a hospital-based study on breast cancer.
- The NICC collaborates with many institutions at the local level and abroad including MD Anderson Cancer Center, US National Cancer Institute, Korean National Cancer Center, and Australia Monash University.
The K Hospital leads the country in cancer research and training. Within K Hospital, the NICC carries out a variety of research activities, mainly clinical trials on breast and colorectal cancers, and has conducted a hospital-based study on breast cancer. It is accredited for offering resident and clinical fellow training programs in oncology, a Master of Science program in oncology, and a PhD training program in oncology for both basic scientists and clinical oncologists. They have active collaborations with many institutions at the local level and abroad on improving cancer treatment, including the MD Anderson Cancer Center, the US National Cancer Institute, the Korean National Cancer Center, and Australia’s Monash University.
K Hospital is the largest oncology hospital in Vietnam, with three campuses, more than 1500 beds, and more than 17,000 patients per year. The hospital has 21 clinical departments and centers, including the Department of Surgery for Breast Cancer, the Department for Radiation for Breast Cancer and OB/GYN Cancer, and 10 diagnostic and imaging departments that include the Department of Cytopathology and the Department of Biochemistry and Immunology.
The NICC, established within K Hospital in 2007 by the Vietnam Ministry of Health, has seven departments, including the Department of Cancer Epidemiology, Department of Research Management, Department of Training, Department of Research for Cancer Diagnostics, and Department for Cancer Therapeutics. The NICC is equipped with research resources such as a standardized pathology laboratory and an imaging department.
The NICC and K Hospital are equipped with high-speed internet connections and wireless networks that allow physicians and researchers access to the internet. It is noted that Vietnam is ranked 16th in the world with regard to number of internet users, far more than any other country in Southeast Asia. In each department, phsyicians have their own desktops, facilitating clinical care and treatment as well as research activities. Additionally, each department in the hospital has 4-10 desktop computers for administrative tasks, depending on the size of the department and patient volume, as well as 3-5 printers on shared hospital networks. The hospital computers are linked through an intramural network that facilitates sharing of information/data within and between departments. Physicians and staff who are also affiliated with Hanoi Medical University (HMU) use the HMU email address/system, while others use their personal email addresses.
The NICC/K Hospital is a government entity that receives annual funding through governmental systems (i.e., Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Health). Funding for research is allocated through the following mechanisms or entities for cancer research, which are primarily used to support clinical studies:
- Ministry of Health
- Ministry of Science and Technology
- Domestic scientific funding agencies (e.g. National Foundation for Science and Technology- NAFOSTED)
- Funding for Bright Future Foundation/Fund
Current pilot projects on cancer prevention funded by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), and Roche Pharmaceuticals include:
- The Program of Action for Cancer Treatment (PACT) Model Demonstration Sites for Screening of Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer
- Selection of Appropriate Technology for Cancer Screening for Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs)
- Breast Cancer Prevention Program in Hanoi, Hue, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, and Can Tho
With Vanderbilt, NICC recently received funding to conduct a case-control study of pancreatic cancer (500 cases and 1500 healthy controls), and the two institutions, along with the Shanghai CDC and the University of South Florida, received an NCI P20 Planning for Regional Centers of Research Excellence (RCRE) grant in 2016. These and other ongoing project provide a wealth of opportunities for VECD trainees.
VECDor and site staff will help trainees to find appropriate accomodations during their fellowship year. Cost of housing varies greatly, depending on the quality and location of the accomodations, from rooms in nearby houses to modern apartments to long-term hotel stays. Vietnam is a highly stable country, both politically and socially. One of the greatest dangers is for pedestrians. High quality health care is available at several foreign-run hospitals in the Hanoi area.