Northern Emirates’ only radiotherapy unit opens

Northern Emirates’ only radiotherapy unit opens

Dr BoKyong Kim, oncology radiology consultant at the hospital, said they plan to upgrade or exchange the existing radiation therapy machines soon.



By (Staff Reporter)

Published: Fri 12 Jun 2015, 12:58 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:10 PM

Ras Al Khaimah — The Shaikh Khalifa Specialty Hospital in Ras Al Khaimah has opened a radiotherapy unit — the only such unit in the Northern Emirates.

Dr Myung-Whun Sung, CEO and chair of the oncology centre at the hospital, said the hospital has so far received seven cancer patients who will get multidisciplinary treatment and an advanced radiation therapy.

The oncology centre uses new technologies in addition to surgical intervention and chemotherapy, he said. “Radiation therapy provides sophisticated treatment to target the cancer tumor and protect the parts of the body at the same time.”

Dr BoKyong Kim, oncology radiology consultant at the hospital, said they plan to upgrade or exchange the existing radiation therapy machines soon. “This will help get more accurate positioning of patients, while targeting tumors will be easier.”

The modification of the radiotherapy plan during the treatment course is also easily possible to reduce treatment-related complications, he noted.

Dr Kim stated that the unit includes two linear accelerators and one big bore CT simulator. “The department also provides sophisticated radiotherapy including 3D conformal radiotherapy, stereotactic body radiotherapy and IMRT.

“... The number of oncology patients who visited the hospital in the past six months reached 878, while 102 were admitted to the hospital since its ... opening last December.”

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com


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