Dubai’s Leading Oncology and Hematology Department
Cancer Treatment Center in Dubai
The Cancer Care center at the American Hospital Dubai has remained a leading center of excellence for cancer care within the region since opening its medical campus in 2005. Through an integrated program and a passionate team led by American Board Certified Hematologists and Oncologists, the AHD Cancer Center provides Dubai with premium healthcare solutions.
According to the World Health Organization, cancer is the second largest cause of global deaths, with 8.8 million fatalities in 2015. There are many different forms of cancer with prostate, lung, colorectal, liver and stomach most commonly affecting men and women more typically contracting types such as breast, lung, cervix and stomach cancer.
As cancer rates within the United Arab Emirates rise, the disease has been recognized as a major health problem within the region. As a result, the department of oncology and hematology at the AHD has become a specialized unit. The aims of the department focuses on delivering world-class cancer treatment, preventative measures, early detection processes, comprehensive education and research, as well as facilitating the comfort and quality of life concerning both the individual and the family throughout the whole disease trajectory.
At AHD, disease prevention is a extremely high priority. Educating the wider population and engaging in cutting-edge scientific exploration of new ways to deter cancer is of the highest priority. By creating a culture that encourages, rewards and protects innovative and forward thinking employees, AHD is proudly home to the best oncologists in Dubai, who ensure all those who are at risk and affected by cancer have access to the highest quality care available.
Oncology and Hematology
Oncologists deal with the research, identification and treatment of cancer – a collective term for the group of diseases distinguished by an uncharacteristic growth of unhealthy cells.
The primary task of an oncologist involves successfully diagnosing a cancer, also known as malignant tumours or neoplasms. Methods of diagnosis vary but typically include endoscopies, X-rays, CT scans, MRIs and ultrasounds. Cancer management solutions depend on the subtype of the cancer. At American Hospital Dubai, the department of oncology is paired with the hematology department.
Hematology concerns the study and treatment of blood related malignancies and diseases, such as leukaemia, sickle-cell anaemia, haemophilia and lymphoma. Hematological specialists largely treat parts of the body that are directly involved with the flow of blood cells, such as the spleen, lymphoid tissues and the lymph nodes. At AHD, the hematology department manages the pathology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of a wide array of haematological ailments.
Cancer and Hematological Disease
Our Oncologists and Hematologists focus on preventative measures, including effective screening and early diagnosis to help reduce the suffering caused by cancer and hematological diseases. It is crucial to maintain regular check-ups, as often, symptoms can be subtle and will only appear when the cancer has grown to a large size. The earlier on a cancer is diagnosed, the more likely a treatment will be effective. With cancers, such as breast and prostate, a screening can actually detect cancerous growths called polyps, which can be removed and consequently eliminate the spread altogether.
Some of the more common signs of cancer include:
- General fatigue
- Wight loss
- Changes concerning the skin
- Bowel movement and bladder function
- Uncharacteristic bleeding
- Discolouration within the mouth
- Tissue lumping within various parts of the body
- Continuous indigestion
Screening And Early Detection Programmes
AHD oncology and hematology unit is the expert provider of wellness packages for men and women. It is recommended that men engage in regular check-ups from the age of 50. However, for individuals where a family history of cancer exists, an earlier start is recommended. For women aged 40 and above, yearly breast cancer screening, using mammograms, is recommended. Similarly, if a history of breast cancer exists, then earlier screening is advised.
Female Care Clinic
Our female care clinic offers detection programs for the following types of cancer:
Male Care Clinic
Our male care clinic offers detection programs for the following types of cancer:
Chemotherapy Certification Workshop
The Chemotherapy Certification Workshop takes place to help qualified nurses maintain and develop their skills in the administration and safety elements of chemotherapy management.
Staffs within the oncology and hematology department take part in compulsory monthly cancer talks and in-service sessions. As a result the team is fully up-to-date with the latest medical knowledge. This is a vital component to the continuation of world-class healthcare.
Tumour Board Meetings
Tumour Board Meetings are an effective way to approach treatment plans for cancer patients at AHD. During the monthly meetings, members of the diagnostic radiology, pathology, lab medicine, surgery, and hematology and oncology teams present facts and statistics concerning cancer patients. These multidisciplinary meetings ultimately allow teams to devise the most comprehensive and effective treatment plan for each individual patient.
Treatment modalities include:
- Targeted therapy
- Hormonal therapy
- Reconstructive surgeries
- Radiation Oncology Services
The Cancer Treatment Center is a leading facility dedicated to providing a comprehensive array of oncological and hematological services for cancers and blood disorders. The center offers screening, diagnosis, treatment and care for adults and pediatric patients, in both respective fields. Concerning hematology, all diseases, whether benign or malignant, including but not limited to clotting and bleeding problems, blood count issues, hereditary problems and hemochromatosis, will be professionally treated.
AHD has found a positive correlation between cancer survival rates and the development of effective treatment approaches. This involves an increase in the use of enhanced supportive care interventions, preventative measures and control activities.
In combination with traditional cancer treatment options, such as surgery, chemotherapy and palliative care, the Cancer Care Center offers a range of new therapies, opening up a variety of innovative treatment possibilities. As cancer therapies have become stronger, patients receiving these treatments subsequently require a more inclusive form of care.
A major shift in health care regarding the use of ambulatory treatment has occurred within AHD. Patients now have the option to receive complex cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, within the comfort of their own homes as outpatients of the hospital. Naturally, given the often-aggressive nature of cancer therapies, there is a possibility that patients receiving such treatments may fall acutely ill. In the cases where complications arise, a wide range of services exists to ensure any complications are appropriately addressed, including full admissions as inpatients for comprehensive care.
A United Front Against Disease
As a multidisciplinary hospital, AHD features a scope of services that cater to the intricate needs of both adults and pediatric patients of the United Arab Emirates, throughout the entire journey of their recovery.
The Cancer Care Center is truly a centre of excellence, concerning diagnostic imaging. This unit is home to American Board Certified and highly qualified radiologists and doctors focusing on nuclear medicine, who utilize cutting-edge technology such as Pet-Ct, MRI, CT scans, Gamma camera and 3D ultrasound equipment.
Together, an outstanding team of pathologists, operating within the most advanced cytology and histopathology unit in the region, works alongside a team of highly specialized oncology surgeons to provide a fully inclusive range of surgical and medical procedures.
Additionally, a comprehensive pharmacy department ensures the timely delivery of traditional and new cancer medicines, consistently fulfilling post-operation requirements. However, nothing is more vital to the successful continuation of the pioneering cancer unit than the uninterrupted dedication, support and compassionate care that AHD staff have for the patients.
Types of Cancer Treated
With over a decade worth of specialized experience, the oncology department at the AHD Cancer Care Center confidently treats all types of cancer, using a variety of treatments tailored to an individual’s needs.
A team of oncologists work side by side with a team of doctors and subspecialists to determine the most appropriate treatment options. At AHD, services and management is provided but not limited to the following listed below:
- Adnexal tumours
- Adrenal cancer
- Ampullary cancer
- Anal cancer
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Bile duct cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Bone cancer
- Brain tumor
- Breast cancer
- Cancer of the ureter
- Carcinoid syndrome
- Carcinoid tumors
- Carcinoma of unknown primary
- Cervical cancer
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
- Chronic myelogenous leukemia
- Colon cancer
- Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
- Desmoid tumors
- Desmoplastic small round cell tumors
- Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
- Endometrial cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Ewing’s sarcoma
- Gallbladder cancer
- Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs)
- Germ cell tumors
- Head and neck cancers
- Hurthle cell cancer
- Inflammatory breast cancer
- Invasive lobular carcinoma
- Islet cell cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Lung cancer
- Male breast cancer
- Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors
- Merkel cell carcinoma
- Mouth cancer
- Multiple endocrine neoplasia, type 1 (MEN 1)
- Nasal and paranasal tumors
- Nasopharyngeal carcinoma
- Neuroendocrine tumors
- Ovarian cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Paraneoplastic syndromes of the nervous system
- Peripheral nerve tumors
- Pituitary tumor
- Prostate cancer
- Rectal cancer
- Salivary gland cancer
- Skin cancer
- Small bowel cancer
- Soft palate cancer
- Soft tissue sarcoma
- Solitary fibrous tumor
- Spinal cord tumor
- Squamous cell carcinoma of the skin
- Stomach cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Throat cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Tongue cancer
- Vaginal cancer
- Vertebral tumor
The American Hospital Dubai Cancer Care Center has been established as a Regional Center of Excellence for Cancer Care at its Dubai medical campus since 2005. The center is a dedicated facility providing a range of Medical Oncology and Hematology services for all forms of cancers and blood disorders, with a dedicated team led by American Board Certified Hematologists/Oncologists. In addition to traditional cancer treatment options of Surgery, Chemotherapy, and Palliative care, the new Cancer Care Center is offering new therapies, which are creating exciting new treatment possibilities.
The mission of the AHD Cancer Center is to provide excellence in cancer care through outstanding programs that integrate quality patient care, prevention of cancer, education and research. We are highly motivated to educate others, explore ways to prevent cancer and recruit and retain the best people by creating a culture that encourages, rewards and protects employees. Our priority is to assure that all those at risk for and affected by cancer have access to the highest quality care.
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