To meet the requirements of cancer treatment of the people in Indochina, a French private organization entitled Indochina Radium Institute was launched in Hanoi on October 19, 1923, managed by Pierre Moullin.
The formation of Hospital K
An Institute was based in the two-storey building with sides facing Trang Thi, Quan Su and Hai Ba Trung streets (built during 1915-1920). The name Institut du Radium de L’Indochine remains until today.
The name was changed to the Hospital K in July 1969.
As some people try to understand their medical results, others pay for services their health insurance does not cover. Some patients, too weak to walk alone, are supported by family members, while others sleep after their long journeys to the capital.
As in many other developing countries, cancer is on the increase in Vietnam. According to the latest statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), there are around 125 000 new cancer cases and 94 000 deaths each year. These figures are expected to double by 2035.
Vietnam has a growing population of around 90 million and cancer patients from all over the country are referred to K Hospital for treatment.