Jordan Report

King Hussein Cancer Center undergoes expansion

Filled to capacity, the excellent King Hussein Cancer Center is undergoing expansion to accommodate demand for world class cancer care, not only from Jordan but from the entire Middle East region. Dr. Asem Mansour, the Director General of King Hussein Cancer Center, writes about some of the new facilities the new expansion will house.

The King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman is a comprehensive cancer care institution serving patients in Jordan and the Middle East region. It is the only healthcare institution in the Arab world and the sixth in the world to receive disease-specific accreditation from the Joint Commission International (JCI) for its Oncology Program. The center is also recognized by a spectrum of international, regional, and national accreditation bodies including the College of American Pathologists (CAP), the Healthcare Accreditation Council (HCAC), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) among many others.

The center hosts 200 internationally qualified oncologists and consultants and over 600 oncology trained nurses under its roof. Its bone marrow transplant (BMT) program is the only program of its kind in Jordan, and one of two in the region; offering highly-specialized transplants. Pursuing its mission of providing compassionate quality care for cancer patients, the King Hussein Cancer Center treats over 3500 new patients annually.

However, due to space limitations, the center has recently been incapable of meeting the rising demand of local and regional patients even while working at full-capacity. For this reason, the center took an urgent strategic decision to expand. In 2011, it broke ground on the construction of new cutting-edge facilities.

Expected to be functional in June 2016, the expansion will include an inpatient tower and outpatient building that will double the capacity of the existing Center and provide improved, integrated space for research, education and patient care. The expansion will not only provide more lifesaving space so that no patient is left behind, but will also accommodate technologically advanced medical services.

Cell Therapy and Applied Genomics

The new facilities will feature a cuttingedge Cell Therapy and Applied Genomics Floor, including the first public cord bank in Jordan, and state-of-the-art stem cell labs. The center currently performs approximately 100 bone marrow transplants per year. Its BMT program is one of the largest and most successful programs in the Middle East, achieving cure rates compatible with international standards. It oversees both matched allogeneic and autologous transplants. With the expansion, 200 additional bone marrow transplants can be performed; which will sum up to 300 transplants in total. Having a national public cord blood bank with a capacity of 10,000 units collected from Jordanians enhances the chances of finding matching cord blood units. These units can be used as a database for potential transplants in the centerís own program, in other programs in the country and as a part of an international cord blood registry that patients from all over the world can have an access to it.

Educational and Training Center

The Academic Affairs Office at the King Hussein Cancer Center administers both medical and non-medical programs and courses through its training center. Specialized oncology courses for fellows and residents as well as general leadership workshops for non-medical staff are held in the premises of the center. The new outpatient building will host the Khalid Shoman Educational Center. It will include an auditorium, a skills lab, seminar rooms, a physicianís library and a social interactive lounge. The center envisions becoming a regional hub in oncology training and firmly believes in the social impact and academic value of collaborative work.

Diagnostic Radiology and Radiotherapy Expansions

The new inpatient tower will contain expanded diagnostic imaging & radiotherapy units. The department of diagnostic radiology performs an average of 83,700 diagnostic tests annually which are expected to double by the end of 2017. The expansion of the diagnostic radiology floor will include intraoperative space and rooms for various high-precision imaging equipment including MRI machines, CT-scanners, fluoroscopy x-ray setups, interventional radiology setups, and ultrasound machines. The radiation oncology department currently provides brachytherapy and external radiotherapy treatment options dictated by the type and location of malignancies. It executes 82,500 external radiotherapy sessions annually. With the expansion, the department will extend its functions to include a state-of-the-art robotic radiosurgery unit to target tumours located in critical areas. In addition to the linear accelerators available in the current vicinity, the expansion will include 2 more medical accelerators allowing 650 new patients to receive radiotherapy sessions each year.

Womenís Health Center

Breast cancer cases make up over 35% of the total annual number of diagnosed cancer cases among females in Jordan according to the National Cancer Registry. The King Hussein Cancer Foundation and Center took a major initiative in raising awareness on breast cancer and the importance of early detection. The center believes that its responsibility must extend from awareness to providing specialized care for the diagnosed women; thus the idea of a dedicated Womenís Health Center came into fruition. The womenís center will constitute of ultrasound and mammogram rooms, chemotherapy infusion rooms, specialized procedure rooms, and gynecology clinics. In addition the womenís center will boast exceptional support services, such as hair and wig assistance. As the King Hussein Cancer Center embarks on this mega infrastructure expansion of 84,700 square meters, it continues to pursue innovation of programs, development of staff, and advancement of research to ultimately combat cancer one case at a time.

The Author

Asem Mansour, M.D. is Chief Executive Officer/Director General, King Hussein Cancer Center. He joined KHCC in 1998 as the Chairman of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology. In 2006 and in addition to his role as the Chairman of Department of Diagnostic Radiology; Dr. Mansour was also appointed as the Deputy Director General at King Hussein Cancer Center, followed by his appointment as a CEO/ Director General in April, 2012.

He carries the Jordanian Board in Radiology, the fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologist (FRCR-London) ,the European fellowship in Neuroradiology (ECNR) and master degree of medical management (MMM) from Carnegie Mellon University, USA. He has published many articles in international journal and he is renowned expert in oncologic and neuroimaging.

 Date of upload: 14th July 2014


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