Radiation Oncology

The Radiation Oncology Department at KHCC aims to deliver the best cost-effective treatment to patients and provide to highest quality of cancer care through qualified experts and the use of latest technology. The Department treats more than 1200 new patients every year.
 
The Department is committed to investigating more effective applications of radiation in cancer therapy and to the optimal utilization of radiation in the treatment of patients. In addition, it conducts training programs for physicians, physicists, technologists and medical students to increase knowledge of radiation oncology.
 
The Radiation Oncology Department has been very active in collaborating with various other organizations and medical institutions, such as:
  • Cooperation with Royal Medical Services (Jordan)
  • Cooperation with the Radiotherapy Department at Al-Basheer Hospital (Jordan) through enabling Al-Basheer employees to receive quality training at the Radiation Oncology Department at KHCC.
  • Cooperation with University of Jordan through accepting MSc students for short-term training. In addition, KHCC Radiation Oncology staff teach courses in the MSc program
  • Monthly teleconferences with Georgetown University (USA)
  • The Department is cooperating with the Jordan Nuclear Regulatory Agency (JNRC) in a joint project with the EU to establish national standards for quality assurance and a reporting system for radiation accidents in Jordan
 Our expertise

1.       External Radiotherapy:

  • Conformal radiotherapy
  • Conventional radiotherapy
  • Stereotactic X-Knife Radio surgery and fractionated Radiotherapy(SRS, FSRT)
                  -   Cranial
                  -   Extracranial (Body Frame)  
  • TBI
  • TSEI  (Total Skin Electron Irradiation)
KHCC uses four types of linear accelerators (linac) to provide external radiotherapy:
  • Linac 1: Conventional, Conformal, forward and inverse (IMRT) treatments.
  • Linac 2: Conventional, Conformal, forward treatments and Total Skin Electron Irradiation.
  • Linac3: Conventional, Conformal, forward treatments, Total Body Irradiation.  Linac also has CBCT
  • Linac4: Conventional, Conformal, forward and inverse (IMRT) treatments and Total Body Irradiation.
Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) started in March 2011 for prostate cases.

2.   Internal Radiotherapy (Brachytherapy)

  • Intracavitary brachytherapy for gynecological malignancies and nasopharynx is already established
  • Intraluminal and intrastitial are under consideration
To provide internal radiotherapy, KHCC uses:
  • HDR: planning and delivery system for high dose rate treatments. HDR is currently used for gynecology treatments.
  • LDR: LDR planning program (in-house) + plaque 1 of each size (10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22 mm), Dose calculation program and plaques for low dose rate treatments. LDR is currently used for tumors of the eye.
 
3. In addition, the Radiation Oncology Department uses the following equipment to provide state-of-the-art treatment:
  • Treatment Planning system (TPS) Pinnacle
  • Planning Station
The planning system is capable of performing the following types of planning and has the following features:
a.       Photon planning: Conventional, 3DCRT, forward and inverse planning (IMRT).
b.      Electron planning.
c.       MRI and PET image fusion with CT images.
d.      Library for organ models.
  • Oncology Information System (OIS) Mosaiq: The Mosaiq is a full patient medical record system with connectivity between the planning system and the linear accelerators. In addition to the regular database for patients, it records and verifies the delivered treatments for each patient.
  • CT-Sim ( Philips Big Bore): This is a CT scanner that is used for simulation of radiotherapy patients. The scanner is provided with mobile lasers and all fixation devices for the patients. In addition, the scanner can perform 4DCT imaging to evaluate the motion of tumors in the lung. The data is used by radiation oncologists to delineate the Internal Target Volume (ITV)
  • Quality Assurance (QA) devices: The department possesses a range of quality assurance (QA) devices for IMRT, CT, electron, photon and radioisotopes dosimetry QA checks. These tools are continuously upgraded and calibrated to keep up-to-date with the new procedures continuously introduced in the department
  • Master Plan for high-dose rate (HDR) treatment: Planning and delivery system for high dose rate treatments. HDR is currently used for gynecology treatments.
  • In Vivo dosimetry: Invivo dosimetry is now done for all patients on Linac1 for first session, and for TSET patients.
 
Department Faculty
Dr. Abdellatif Al Mousa – Chairman, Department of Radiation Oncology
 
 Radiation Oncology Dept. Days of Work
 Sunday to Thursday
 Clinic working hours
 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 Treatment machine working hours
 From 8 a.m. until the last patient finishes treatment (ranges from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.)