HKSH Eastern Medical Centre
Tsao Yin Kai Block
Proton Therapy in Tsao Yin Kai Block

HKSH Eastern Medical Centre (Tsao Yin Kai Block)

HKSH Eastern Medical Centre, Tsao Yin Kai Block (EMC) is situated in the eastern region of Hong Kong Island. It is home to several cutting-edge medical facilities, such as the first proton therapy system in Hong Kong, state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, and excellent inpatient accommodations with various ward options, including isolation wards. Our team of experienced medical professionals is dedicated to providing personalised treatment and attentive care to optimise clinical outcomes for our patients.

Hong Kong’s First Proton Therapy Centre

Nestled within the serene surroundings of A Kung Ngam in Shau Kei Wan, HKSH Proton Therapy Centre (the Centre) is equipped with Hong Kong’s first proton therapy system, a unique and cutting-edge radiotherapy facility, marking a new milestone in the city’s cancer treatment.

The Centre covers an area of approximately 31,000 square feet across three primary floors, which include:

8th Floor: This floor houses the reception and registration area, doctor's consultation rooms, a conference room, as well as waiting, changing and rest areas for patients.

Basement Level 2 (B2): On this level, you will find the MRI simulator room, synchrotron machine rooms, beam transfer system (BTS) components, and associated machine rooms required for the operations of the proton therapy system.

Basement Level 3 (B3): This floor has two proton therapy treatment rooms furnished with a pencil-beam delivery system, an MRI simulator room, a patient set-up room, and associated machine rooms for the operations of the proton therapy system.

The key components of the proton therapy system include two 190-degree half-rotating proton therapy gantries, a 4-magnet-ring synchrotron-based accelerator with a diameter of approximately four metres, and an advanced beam transport system in a vertically stacked formation.

What is Proton Therapy?

Proton therapy, a form of particle beam therapy, is the most advanced radiotherapy modality used in tumour treatment. In conventional X-ray(photon)- based radiotherapy, the radiation penetrates the target site, causing damage to the normal tissue behind the tumour. However, proton therapy harnesses the physical properties of the “Bragg Peak”. It involves meticulous computation and regulation of the precise depth and intensity of the proton beam, enabling it to precisely aim at the tumour and delivering a concentrated burst of energy at the end of its range. This focused release of energy effectively targets and eliminates cancer cells, after which the radiation halts and dissipates instantaneously.

Proton therapy offers the advantage of minimising the radiation exposure to the healthy tissues surrounding the tumour, therefore lowering the risk of complications and side effects associated with conventional radiotherapy treatment, while optimising the radiation dose to kill cancer cells.

Proton therapy is suitable for various cancer types, including brain cancer, head and neck cancer, lung cancer, liver cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and more. It is particularly beneficial for paediatric cancer patients who are still in the developmental stage.

Why Choose Proton Therapy?

  • Enhanced precision: The unique physical attribute of proton therapy enables the proton beam to precisely target tumour cells, minimising damage to surrounding healthy tissues and organs.
  • Reduced side effects: Due to its targeted approach, proton therapy reduces the risk of short-term and long-term side effects compared to conventional radiation therapy.
  • Paediatric-friendly: Proton therapy is particularly well-suited for treating paediatric cancers, as it spares developing tissues and reduces the risk of inducing secondary cancers later in life.
  • Sustained quality of life: Patients are often able to maintain quality of life during and after proton therapy, with relatively minimal disruption to daily activities.

Proton Therapy vs Conventional Radiotherapy

Types of Cancer Treated

Proton therapy allows tumours to be treated with extreme accuracy, delivering cancer-killing energy to the target volume with less damage to surrounding healthy tissues and a lower risk of side effects. Proton therapy is particularly suitable for the following types of cancer:

Patient Journey

HKSH Li Shu Fong Building

HKSH Li Shu Fong Building

HKSH Li Shu Fong Building is a prominent medical facility located in HKSH's medical hub in Hong Kong East. The building is designed to offer a comfortable and contemporary environment for patients to receive top-tier medical care. It houses a diverse range of clinics and centres including the HKSH Cancer Centre (Island East), HKSH Diagnostics Centre (Island East), and HKSH Family Medicine and Primary Care Centre (Island East). In addition, we provide an extensive range of other medical services such as health assessment, geriatric medicine, podiatry services, clinical health psychological services, and dietetic services, all delivered by highly trained medical professionals who utilise cutting-edge equipment and technologies. The facility is conveniently accessible by public transportation, making it a prominent medical landmark in the eastern part of Hong Kong Island.

HKSH Cancer Centre (Island East)
  • HKSH Comprehensive Oncology Centre (Island East) (6/F)
  • HKSH Haematology and Cellular Therapy Centre (Island East) (6/F)
  • HKSH Paediatric Haematology & Oncology Centre (Island East) (6/F)
  • Chemotherapy Day Centre (Island East) (6/F)
  • HKSH Radiotherapy Centre (Island East) (2/F)

HKSH Diagnostics Centre (Island East)
  • Department of Diagnostic & Interventional Radiology (Island East) (7/F)
  • Clinical Pathology Division (Island East) (7/F)
  • Department of Nuclear Medicine & Positron Emission Tomography (Island East) (3/F)

HKSH Family Medicine and Primary Care Centre (Island East)
  • HKSH Family Medicine and Primary Care Centre (Island East) (5/F)

Other Services
  • HKSH Geriatric Medicine Centre (Healthy Ageing) (Island East) (5/F)
  • Department of Health Assessment (Island East) (5/F)
  • HKSH Dietetics Centre (Island East) (5/F)
  • HKSH Clinical Health Psychology Centre (Island East) (5/F)
  • Chemotherapy Day Centre (Island East) (5/F)

Service Concepts

Planned and constructed by HKSH Medical Group in A Kung Ngam, Shau Kei Wan, HKSH Eastern Medical Centre sets out to serve as a medical hub for the Eastern District and Hong Kong and support high-quality community-centric care. It provides outpatient service and supports one-stop, wide-spectrum cancer diagnostics, treatments and care in an ambulatory setting.

With the introduction of Hong Kong’s first proton therapy in 2023, the Centre aspires to maximise throughput with optimal quality and clinical experience in cancer treatment.

  • Empower patients with greater choice and control over the delivery of care
  • Cater to individual’s needs and conditions throughout the patient journey
  • Achieve better quality and experience of care with tailored services
  • Promote better health and well-being of individuals

  • Identify and employ effective approaches for different patients based on genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors
  • Tailor medical treatments to each patient’s characteristics for optimal clinical outcome

  • Put patients at ease with a caring environment and atmosphere
  • Allay patients’ fear, uncertainty and worry through good communication with clinical personnel
  • Enable patients to focus on treatment and recovery with high privacy, great comfort and full support

  • Provide all-round clinical and nursing support to patients in a single location
  • Strive for maximum convenience and the best possible outcomes to patients

  • Dedicated to connecting with, empowering and serving the local community
  • Promote well-being of the local community with quality services and excellent care