Andrew and Peggy Cherng, co-founders of fast food chain Panda Express, have donated $100m through the Panda Charitable Family Foundation to US-based cancer research centre City of Hope.

The donation will establish the Cherng Family Center for Integrative Oncology at City of Hope, which will offer a national integrative oncology programme.

This programme, claimed to be the first of its type, will combine Eastern and Western medicine to enhance the well-being of cancer patients and survivors.

Integrative oncology takes a holistic approach to cancer care and incorporates elements from various cultures, including traditional Chinese medicine, noted City of Hope in a press statement.

The centre will conduct research on Eastern therapies, leading to evidence-based insights for the development of more effective cancer treatments.

Headed by integrative oncology expert Dr Richard T Lee, the work of the Cherng Family Center will commence in Southern California and gradually expand across the City of Hope national network.

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The latest gift from the Panda Express founders marks the largest-ever single donation for cancer care to City of Hope.

City of Hope National Medical Center vice physician-in-chief Edward S Kim said: “The Cherng Family Center for Integrative Oncology will be the epicentre of translational research, new drug development, and holistic care that meets a pressing need for patients and enhances our connection to the diverse communities we serve.

“City of Hope is creating a new standard of care through a scientifically rigorous process.

“Our vision is to create an international destination for integrative oncology that transforms the way people with cancer receive care.”