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Also referred to as Radiotherapy, Radiation Therapy is a highly aggressive form of treatment that uses high-energy rays such as x-rays and electrons to administer radiation and treat life-threatening diseases such as cancer.
Radiotherapy uses special state-of-the-art machinery to attack the cells of infected areas, destroying cancerous cells in the process. As an aggressive form of therapy, it also destroys other non-cancerous cells in the process, causing the human body to weaken.
Radiation Therapy can be painful and often comes with uncomfortable side effects such as acute nausea and fatigue. However, once the treatment is fully administered and the plan is complete, the body’s healthy cells will grow back, whereas infected and cancerous cells cannot grow back.
Radiation Therapy is available at the American Hospital Dubai from Sunday to Thursday between 8am and 5pm.
As a prime radiation oncology center in Dubai, American Hospital Dubai maintains a set philosophy to meet objectives, offer prime care and achieve the highest level of service.
The oncology department’s staff features some of the most competent, highly-trained and skilled surgeons, oncologists, nurses, physicians, and therapists, among many others. Our team of seasoned professionals and medical specialists combine skill with impeccable bedside manner, maintaining a respectful and caring attitude to achieve customer satisfaction and continuously improve our set of services.
The staff at American Hospital Dubai believe that a patient’s stay at the department should be as smooth and comfortable as possible. As such, they set standards and worth ethics that ensure a safe, comfortable and friendly environment for our patients and colleagues.
In an effort to maintain complete transparency and offer optimal comfort, each procedure is discussed in detail beforehand, in order to allow the patient to fully understand their condition and treatment plans. Additionally, relevant information in regards to individual treatment plans is communicated in a clear and easy-to-grasp manner.
The American Hospital Dubai offers complete medical care to all types of individuals, regardless of their personal, ethnical, educational or professional backgrounds.
The cancer care center adopts a holistic approach to patient care, as do all the departments in the hospital. As such, radiation therapy patients are allowed access to a wide spectrum of services that include nursing, dietetic plans and therapeutic support. Our multi-disciplinary services can be requested within regular working hours or outside of working hours, in order to alleviate pain and manage side effects.
Mutual respect and professionalism are the pillars of the American Hospital Dubai. Our physicians, surgeons, nurses, therapists and other staff member demonstrate the utmost professionalism and respect within the department and with other departments and centers.
The Radiotherapy Department believes in sharing their skill and knowhow with other departments within the hospital, especially when it comes to radiation therapy techniques and safety guidelines. As a result, the team maintain a mutually-beneficial relationship with other departments, educating staff members on new techniques and recent developments.
The head of radiotherapy and the chief medical physicist are responsible for ensuring that the activities they control operate effectively in accordance with FANR regulations and recommendations, and that all staff continually monitor the activities undertaken to ensure safe working practices.
In case a radiotherapy emergency is confirmed by one of our radiation oncologists, he/she will immediately contact the on-call team, which includes radiation therapists, physicists and support staff.
Referrals may occur, usually from a multi-disciplinary team. They will be followed by an evaluation process determined by the radiation oncologist in charge and his team. The response time from referrals to consultation varies between one and two days. However, palliative and urgent cases are attended to immediately.
Patient cases are discussed in detail at the departmental QA meeting before the administration of the treatment plan agreed upon. Quality Assurance protocols are followed during every step of the radiation care journey, providing accurate treatments and delivering deliberate radiation doses that maintain security and patient safety.
Patients are briefed in detail on the first day before the start of any radiation therapy sessions. During treatments, appointments are scheduled with the radiation oncologist in order to monitor side effects and attend to any complications in the therapy.
Radiation therapy patients receiving treatment within the Dubai area may contact the following number: +971 4 377 3030. Should the patients require advice on radiotherapy side effects and complications, or advice on how to obtain help, they can call any of the following numbers: +971 4 3773021 or +971 4 377 3022.
Radiotherapy patients receiving treatment will have access to appropriate in-patient care if the need arises. Those travelling from other emirates can find suitable accommodation at the Mövenpick Hotel, located in close proximity to the hospital.
American Hospital Dubai’s Radiotherapy Department provides Brachytherapy services, a highly-efficient form of therapy that has proven itself to be the only successful modality for all types of skin cancers and keloid scars. In addition, when combined with external beam radiotherapy, brachytherapy can cure cervical, rectal, anal and breast cancers.
Brachytherapy requires general anesthesia administering within a surgical setting and may require an extended stay.
As a very critical form of therapy exercised in an in-patient setting, this kind of treatment requires an extended stay between three to five days. It is only administered following official recommendations from the radiology team, and calls for patients to be isolated in a shielded room.