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The Radiotherapy service is conducted during working hours when all support services and expert advice is available. The working week is from Sunday to Thursday. The hours of operation are 8am to 5pm. The management of emergencies include cord compression, SVCO (superior vena cava obstruction syndrome) and severe bleeding such as in the case of cancer of the cervix.
As soon as a radiotherapy emergency is confirmed by the Radiation Oncologist, he contacts the on call team. This includes the radiation therapists, physicist and support staff.
The Radiotherapy patients receiving treatment within the Dubai area may contact the following number +971 4 377 3030. If advice on radiotherapy side effects and complications is needed, or advice on how to obtain help, patients can call any of the following numbers: +971 4 3773021, +971 4 377 3022.
Patients will also have access to appropriate In-Patient care if the need arises. Those travelling from the other Emirates can find suitable accommodation at the Movenpick hotel which is situated in close proximity to the hospital.
Referrals are usually from a multidisciplinary team and followed through using an evaluation process by the Radiation Oncologist and his/her team. The response time from referral to consultation is within 1 to 2 days. Palliative and urgent cases are attended to immediately.
Each patient case is discussed at the departmental QA meeting before proceeding with the treatment plan. The care path, illustrated in the flow chart below is applied to all patients.
Quality Assurance protocols are applied at each level of the care path to ensure the accurate and safe delivery of radiation doses and maintenance of secure, confidential patient records.
Before commencing radiotherapy, patients are given an appointment for a briefing regarding the treatment plan. This takes place on the first day. During treatment, regular appointments are scheduled with the Radiation Oncologist to monitor side effects or complications. The radiation therapists are also clinically experienced to identify and advise on side effects. On completion of treatment, arrangements for follow up are agreed.
In addition to the above services the radiotherapy department provides Brachytherapy services. Brachytherapy is the only therapeutic modality for Skin cancers, keloid scar and can be combined with external beam radiotherapy for cervical cancer, rectal and anal cancers, breast cancer.
The Brachytherapy service requires a general anaesthesia administered within a surgical setting. Admission for this treatment can be for one day or sometimes patients may be admitted for longer stays.
The radiotherapy department provides this service if required. This treatment should be given in an inpatient setting. The duration of admission varies from 3 to 5 days.
Patients need to be isolated in a shielded room and recommendations for this process are provided by the team.