KKU’s Cholangiocarcinoma Research Institute and Department of Radiology work hand in hand to cater for higher efficiency on bile duct cancer screening and diagnosis

Bile Duct Cancer Research Institute and Department of Radiology have entered an MOU to reach academic adjoins in establishing higher efficiency on Cholangiocarcinoma Screening and Care Program (CASCAP)

On December 25, 2019, KKU Bile Duct Cancer Research Institute as represented by the institute’s director, Assoc. Prof. Narong Khanteegaew (M.D.), and Department of Radiology, represented by Assoc. Prof. Pratana Chaochuen (M.D.), a head of Radiology Department, signed an MOU to endorse their collaborations under a project entitled, “The development of bile duct cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment of Thailand”.

This MOU is a second term of the one-year agreement held by the two allies in order to:
1. Develop a team of radiological practitioners who can perform effective radiological analysis of the bile duct cancer at its early stage.
2. Create a watchdog team and ultrasound screening system at a community level to foster bile duct cancer monitoring and to equip the team with supporting tools and professional supporters.
3. Create a nursing team that is capable of Percutaneous Transhepatic Biliary Drainage (PTBD) performance.
4. Collaborate with neighboring countries such as Laos in order to create watchdog teams and ultrasound screening system at a community level to foster bile duct cancer monitoring the expanding country.
5. Develop research alliance with famous foreign universities such as; Imperial College London, University of Edinburg Scotland, Mayo Clinic USA, to raise international standard of the research in bile duct cancer area.

Assoc. Prof. Narong Khanteegaew (M.D.) said under the Cholangiocarcinoma Screening and Care Program (CASCAP), his group was able to successfully exploit ultrasound system to trace and indicate bile duct cancer at its early state which posts higher survival possibility among the patients. To continue this lifeguarding mission, it is important to employ more advance techniques and research into the ultrasound system. Accordingly, the institute looks forward to collaborating with international allies such as Imperial College London, University of Edinburg Scotland, Mayo Clinic USA, in order to share and learn from their expertise in bile duct cancer screening. Bile Duct Cancer Research Institute and Department of Radiology of Khon Kaen University are planning to be a mentor to give tele-radiological advises to hospitals around Thailand’s neighboring countries. This tele-radiology should help increase standard of screening, treatment and research on bile duct cancer.

The MOU signing between Bile Duct Cancer Research Institute and Department of Radiology is a great movement in fighting against bile duct cancer and liver fluke cancer that are two major life claimers for the residences of Isan region.
Photos: Wanchai Ganjanasurat
News: Panitan Sriboonruang

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