ONCOLOGY CENTER DEPARTMENT - RIYADH

433

 Overview

KFSH&RC enjoys the recognition of having the largest cancer facility in the Gulf region where more than 2,691 new patients were treated in 2013. Established with a mission of providing excellent cancer treatment, education and research, the Oncology Centre has evolved over the years moving closer towards its vision of becoming one of the best international centers for cancer research, prevention and treatment. Accredited by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a Collaborating Centre for Cancer Prevention and Control, cancer patients are assessed in multidisciplinary clinics and provided with treatment in accordance with disease-specific internationally accepted management guidelines. Our oncologists continue to actively address national oncology problems through their involvement in institutional, national, and international research protocols with the invaluable support of the Oncology Research Unit (ORU) which also serves as a hospital base for cancer and bone marrow transplantation registries.

Major achievements:

1-Ongoing institutional membership and collaborative studies with Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG), American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN), and Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG)/NRG Oncology. Highest accruing institution on RTOG protocol 0417.

2-Continued membership of the CBMTG (Canadian Bone Marrow Transplantation Group) and the EBMT Clinical Trials Group (EBMTG); highest accruing institution on CBMTG protocol 0601

3-Progress of Eastern Mediterranean Blood & Marrow Transplantation Group (EMBMT). A multitude of disease site Working Committees expanded to encompass new trials. Several research protocols in progress. Several manuscripts published in major international Bone Marrow Transplantation Journals. Significantly increased research studies and publications - 49 on-going research projects and 5 new study proposals

4-Gulf Oncology Regional Group (GORG) formed in KFSH&RC: Successfully completed GORG-001 and GORG-002.

5-Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Image-guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) credentialing by Radiological Physics Center (RPC) at MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA.                        

6- Intra-Operative Radiation Therapy (IORT) Program; fully operational.                                

7-Fully functional Tomotherapy, Cyberknife and 3 linear accelerators with a wide range of photo and electron energies and imaging techniques to treat intricate cancer patients.            

8-Operational Brachytherapy suite for HDR.

9-Introduced Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH); a cardiac sparing technique to treat left-sided breast cancer.                                                                                                                                           

10-Initiated Gold plaque Iodine125 brachytherapy treatment for eye tumor in collaboration with King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital and King Abdulaziz University Hospital.

11-Continuously serving as Center of Excellence (COE) for Breast cancer and Lymphoma.

12-Regularly held Oncology Center’s Clinical Research Committee (CRC) meetings to help expedite clinical research; a mirror committee of hospital CRC.                                          

13-Organized 1st Hematology Board Review Course on Thrombosis and Hemostasis on 5-6 September 2014.                                                                                                      

14-Conducted Adult Hematology Symposia Series: 1st Adult Hematology Mini-Symposium on Infectious Complications in Hematological Malignancies on 25 June 2014.                

15- Held Medical Physics IAEA Conference and training work shop; Established IAEA Collaborative Centre in Radiation Medicine for Radiation Physics residency program.

16-Accomplished 8th Oncology Academic and Research Day on 8 May 2014; attended by large number of researchers.                                                                                                               

17-Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) Saudi Arabia chapter was established to meet the educational and training needs of clinical research staff in the entire MENA region: First Certification exam was conducted in KFSH&RC in Sept 2014.                                     

18-Advanced Research Review Course for Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) certification was held on 5 June 2014.                                                                                          

19- Eastern Mediterranean Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EMBMT) meeting was held in collaboration with EMBMT in Milan, Italy from 30 March-2 April 2014.                                                        
Innovation/New Services:          

  1. The Intra-Operative Radiation Therapy Program is fully operational
  2. The Tomo Therapy, Cyberknife and 3 fully operational linear accelerators with a wide range of photo and electron energies and imaging techniques. Physicians now have a comprehensive range of options to treat difficult cancer patients.

State-of-the-art Technology:    

Implementation of latest clinical practices for advancement of radiation therapy treatments that are both current and evidence based.                              

Expansion/Upgrade: Expected to move to King Abdullah Center for Cancer and Liver Diseases (KACO&LD) building.                                                                                                                                  

New Programs

  1. Cardio-Oncology Program
  2. Thrombosis and Hemostasis Service
                                                                   

Projects in Progress:     

  1. 49 on-going research projects and 5 new study proposals.
  2. The brachytherapy suite is completed and commissioned with acceptance testing to commence soon.
  3. 3 radiation therapy degree students are progressing well in Loma Linda University in California; 2 coming in December 2014, 1 in April 2015 and 1 student from Massachusset

Patient Safety:  All radical patient planning and treatment are discussed in panel meetings on a weekly basis:  Radiation Oncology every Thursday, BMT Planning every Tuesday, Breast Tumor Conference every Thursday, and sign-out meeting every Thursday afternoon.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Resource Management:

All supplies and consumables are strictly monitored and managed by internal inventory system. The Oracle Inventory Management System to be implemented shortly.                                                           

Performance Improvement (PI):             

Brachytherapy PI project – successfully changing a costly 17 day inpatient based program to an outpatient service.  This project was aligned with the Organizational Strategic Alignment of service capacity.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Compliance with Standards or Practices

  1. 1st Hematology Board Review Course on Thrombosis and Hemostasis on 5-6 September 2014.
  2. Adult Hematology Symposia Series: 1st Adult Hematology Mini-Symposium on Infectious Complications in Hematological Malignancies on 25 June 2014.
  3. 8th Oncology Academic and Research Day held on 8 May 2014 attended by large number of physicians and nursing staff.
  4. All treatment planning and delivery as per international established protocols and guidelines and KFSH APP and IPP.
  5. Updating of job description into its new template is ongoing for physician posts; other posts were done and uploaded in the system.

Technology Advancement:

Introduction of a new technique in radiation therapy - deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH) is a cardiac sparing technique to treat left-sided breast cancer.                                                                                                                                                                         

Collaboration:  

Maintaining affiliation with:                                                                                                                                     

  1. South West Oncology Group (SWOG)
  2. Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG)
  3. Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CBMTR)
  4. European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT); and the Hospital as its main secretariat.
  5. Medical Physics IAEA conference and training.
  6. Use of Gold plaques Iodine 125 brachytherapy treatment for eye tumor in collaboration with King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital and King Abdulaziz University Hospital.
  7. King Saud University students’ orientation in radiation therapy services.
  8. Students of preparatory program in Radiological Sciences from Loma Linda University, Riyadh.

Affiliation/Accreditation:

  1. Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) chapter established in KFSH&RC to meet the educational and training needs of our clinical research staff.
  2. Advanced Research Review Course for Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) certification on 5 June 2014.
  3. Eastern Mediterranean Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EMBMT) business meeting in collaboration with EMBMT annual meeting held in Milan, Italy from 30 March to 2 April 2014.
  4. Oncology Centre has the honor of being the member of RTOG and consequently has the ability to participate in cutting edge RTOG clinical trials, offered by any major cancer in North America.
  5. IAEA Collaborative Centre in Radiation Medicine for Radiation Physics residency program.

Subsections:

ADULT HEMATOLOGY Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (Sec)-R
MEDICAL ONCOLOGY (Sec)-R
PALLIATIVE CARE MEDICINE (Sec)-R
RESEARCH UNIT (Sec)-R

Gallery

Accreditations & Awards