The National Oncology Centre at The Royal Hospital has unveiled the first advanced therapeutic technology in the sultanate to treat cancers that spread to the lung, liver and spine.
The new technology – called stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) – enhances patient response to treatment and minimises pain experienced in advanced-stage tumours, in addition to improving their quality of life and engagement in daily activities.
According to Dr Thuraya al Hajri, head of radiotherapy at the National Oncology Centre, SBRT enhances the effectiveness of conventional treatment. It pinpoints the exact location of a tumor so that radiation can be more precisely delivered to the cancer cells to minimise damage to healthy tissue.
Dr Thuraya also informed that the radiotherapy department is acquiring state-of-art equipment and devices while keeping pace with the latest advancements in technology in radiotherapy.
Eqbaal al Aamri, head physiatrist, pointed out that the centre’s physical medicine team performed tests and measurements of the radiation doses used to treat patients.
Since cancer treatment procedures require intense doses of radiation, it was necessary to ensure safety and quality of the devices used in addition to the accuracy of therapy plans before starting treatment of any patient as per international radiotherapy standards.
The hospital’s National Oncology Centre is considered one of the best specialised cancer treatment departments in the Middle East equipped with the latest equipment.