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Mediclinic City Hospital is pleased to announce the opening of its Comprehensive Cancer Centre (CCC), Dubai’s most advanced facility for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Built in collaboration with Mediclinic Middle East’s sister platform in Switzerland, Hirslanden, patients at the CCC will benefit from the sharing of knowledge and experience between some of the leading oncology experts in Europe and the Middle East, as well as access to the very latest treatment programmes and technology.

Scope of service
The CCC is the first centre of its kind in Dubai to combine diagnostic procedures with the treatment modalities of surgery, medical oncology and radiation therapy. The range of services ensures the very highest levels of care for cancer patients. Services at the core of the CCC include:
  • Medical Oncology (including chemotherapy, immunotherapy and endocrine therapy)
  • Radiotherapy (with TrueBeam linear accelerator and CT Simulator)
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Radiology (breast cancer diagnostic imaging programme)
  • Nuclear Medicine (diagnostic and therapeutic service including PET & SPECT CT, automated injector/FDG)
  • Reference Laboratory
  • Specialised pharmacy for chemotherapy
  • Supportive Care (psychological support, physiotherapy, nutrition and Pain Clinic)
Conditions and sites treated include:
All types of adult and pediatric cancers for both male and female patients, following being the most frequent ones:
  • Breast tumours
  • Gynaecological cancers (ovarian, endometrial and cervical)
  • Lung tumours (bronchial and lung)
  • Gastrointestinal tumours (oesophageal, gastric, colo-rectal and pancreatic)
  • Renal and genito-urinary tract, prostate and testicular tumours
  • Head and neck tumours (brain)
  • Neuro-endocrine tumours (thyroid and adrenal)
  • Soft tissue tumours (sarcomas)
  • Blood, bone marrow and lymphatic system tumours (lymphomas, myelomas & leukaemia)
  • Palliative (pain control, bone metastases)
  • Emergencies (spinal cord compression and supra vena cava obstruction-SVCO, uncontrolled tumour haemorrhage)
The CCC practises a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care and has established a tumour board of various medical disciplines, including surgeons, oncologists, radiation oncologists, cnsultants and specialists doctors and general practitioners, all of whom, together, will decide on a personalised course of treatment, following international up to date guidelines Collaboration disciplines include:
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • General/Cancer Surgery
  • Gynecology/Surgery
  • Gastroenterology/Abdominal Surgery
  • Pulmonology/Thoracic Surgery
  • Cardiology/Cardiac Surgery
  • Urology/Urological Surgery
  • Neurology and Neuro Surgery
  • Breast and Reconstruction Surgery
  • Psycho-oncology
  • Dietetics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Social Services

The CCC is housed in Mediclinic City Hospital’s newly constructed North Wing extension, located directly opposite the hospital next to Dubai Healthcare City metro station. Facilities include:
  • Eight consultation rooms
  • Two bunkers for Linacs
  • 11 cubicles for chemotherapy
  • Radiology facility
  • Nuclear Medicine facility
  • MTD room with modern videoconferencing for tumour board meetings

State-of-the-art, cutting edge technology
The CCC is equipped with a TrueBeam linear accelerator for radiation therapy. It is the first in the UAE, offering the newest treatment technology of flattening filter free energy, and the only Varian 13.7 version in the MENA region. The TrueBeam is commissioned and ready to treat patients using the latest cutting edge technology modalities for malignant and benign tumours:
  • Conformal radiotherapy - CRT
  • Intensity modulated radiotherapy - IMRT
  • Volumetric modulated arc therapy - VMAT
  • RAPID Arc technology
  • Stereotactic radio surgery - SRS
  • Stereotactic body radiotherapy - SBRT
  • Respiratory gating technology - RPM
The TrueBeam data is matched to that at Hirslanden in Switzerland, Mediclinic Middle East’s sister platform and partner in the CCC project, as well as international published data and Varian standard data with a variation of less than 0.5%. This technology matching means that it is possible for a patient to be treated at both the CCC at Mediclinic City Hospital in Dubai, or at Hirslanden in Switzerland, without the need for dose recalculations.

The CCC will be accredited along with Mediclinic City Hospital by Joint Commission International (JCI). International Certification is targeted for the beginning of 2017.

Insurance information
Radiation therapy is an outpatient treatment. After the initial consultation with the radiation oncologist, an individual treatment plan is drawn up including dosimetry, treatment schedule and weekly assessments for each case, based on the total radiation dose which is delivered in fractions over a specific number of days. Good clinical practice dictates that courses of radiotherapy treatment should not be interrupted. There is evidence that treatment interruptions increase the risk of local recurrence. Any interruptions or prolongation of radiotherapy treatment may adversely affect patient outcome.

To minimise unscheduled interruptions, timely delivery of radiotherapy treatment needs to be maintained, therefore it is necessary that the whole course of the patient’s treatment is approved, and the intended prescription delivered, prior to the start of the treatment. This will assure the best outcome for the patients. As a result, the insurance team at Mediclinic City Hospital will request approval for the entire radiotherapy treatment before the treatment begins.
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