Sun Yat-Sen University Cancer Center is one of the largest specialized centers of oncology in China. Due to an increasing number of breast malignancies, the Department of Breast Oncology was established in 2008. After 12 years of hard work, our department has become the largest center for diagnosis and treatment of breast tumors in Southern China, and been awarded the “Key clinical specialties of Guangdong Province” and the “National training base for breast cancer diagnosis and treatment”. Till now, there are three wards with 117 hospital beds in total (72 beds in the Yuexiu Campus and 45 beds in the Huangpu Campus), serving more than 3,200 breast cancer patients with standardized surgical treatments each year.
Our department has 22 surgeons, 2 investigators, 38 nurses and more than 10 MD/PhD students. Among 22 professional faculty members, there are 5 professors, 4 associate professors, 6 attendings and 7 residents. We also have our own laboratory with 1 research assistant and 1 technician.
Prof. Xi Wang is the head of our department, and the chief expert of breast cancer in our hospital. Prof. Xi Wang is a pioneer of breast-conserving surgery and sentinel lymph node biopsy in China, and carries out top research work. The SYSUCC-001 trial launched by Prof. Wang proved the survival benefit of additional adjuvant metronomic capecitabine in early-staged triple negative breast cancer, which was published in JAMA in 2020.
Prof. Xiaoming Xie used to work at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (USA) for many years. He has had over 30 significant articles published in Cancer Cell, Nat Cell Bio, and others, with 10 patents owned in the USA and China.
Prof. Jun Tang, the deputy director of our department, is an expert of breast-conserving surgery, oncoplastic surgery and breast reconstruction. He developed several surgical techniques for breast cancer treatment and diagnosis, including radiocolloid combined with methylene dye localization for excisional biopsy of nonpalpable breast lesions, pedicled descending branch latissimus dorsi mini-flap in repairing partial mastectomy defect, thoracoscopic internal mammary sentinel node biopsy and dissection.
To date, we have more than 100 funding grants including those supported by the NSFC (Natural science foundation of China) and received fund’s over 25 million RMB. Furthermore, we participate in many international and nationwide multi-center studies involving nenoadjuvant, adjuvant chemotherapy, endocrine therapy and BCT. To sum up, the Department of Breast Oncology, is one of the most energetic departments at Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center, which strives to serve more patients with high standards of health care in the future.
Diagnosis and Treatment
The Department of Breast Oncology is a cooperative community/academic partnership that provides multidisciplinary care for breast cancer including breast cancer prevention, early diagnosis, surgical treatment, systematic chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immuno-biological therapy, as well as breast reconstruction. Over 3,200 patients with newly diagnosed breast carcinoma receive surgical treatment in our department each year. For patients with breast cancer, treatment is available through multidisciplinary teams including surgeons, radiologists, and chemotherapy physicians. They work together to make optimal therapeutic plans for each patient based on the principle of individualization.
Clinical Treatment features
For Breast cancer:
Surgical resection for large breast tumors
Precise breast-conserving therapy for early-staged breast cancer
Surgical resection for Oligometastatic breast cancer
Diagnosis and surgical dissection of tiny lesions/classifications
Post-mastectomy breast reconstructions
Oncoplastic surgery for breast-conserving therapy in large tumor
Lymphedma prevention and manipulation therapy
For Benign breast diseases:
Vacuum-assisted breast biopsy system
Facilities and apparatus
Gamma-probe forsentinel lymph node biopsy Portable ultrasound system Bard core needle biopsy devices Vacuum-assisted breast biopsy system Fiber-optic ducto-scopy 3-dimention CT/MRI scan for breast
Currently, there are 62 staff, including 22 surgeons (5 professor, 4 associate professors, 6 attendings, 7 residents), 38 nurses and 2 investigators.
Xi Wang, M.D.
Professor and Director, Doctoral supervisor
Jun Tang, M.D.
Professor and Vice Director, Doctoral supervisor
Xiaoming Xie, M.D., Ph.D
Professor and ex-Director, Researcher fellow, Doctoral supervisor