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Radiotherapy
 
When performing radiation therapy or radiotherapy, tumours are treated with ionising radiation. During this treatment energy, calculated by a physicist, targets and destroys the tumour or possible secondary tumours (metastases). Because of the rapid development of imaging and computer efficiency, radiation therapy can now be administered in an accurately targeted way. This allows us to treat the tumour area with higher doses of radiation while the surrounding tissue is protected. In this way, larger tumours can be destroyed whilst reducing side effects.

Nowadays, it is also possible to further optimise the dose distribution with "intensity modulated radiotherapy" or IMRT which enables us to irradiate around healthy organs and to expose the tumour region to even more radiation. For this kind of radiation therapy precise accuracy is of great importance. The patient’s position is meticulously adjusted and permanently controlled, to ensure that even respiratory movements can be compensated for. This form of treatment is called “image guided radiotherapy" or IGRT. Mediclinic City Hospital’s CCC is the first in Dubai to offer all these technologies.

The equipment used at the CCC is entirely orientated towards the well-being of the patients. The Centre uses the most modern radiotherapy equipment from leading manufacturers, as well as the most up-to-date forms of planning and therapy, such as virtual simulations and intensity-modulated radiotherapy.

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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