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Posted On: 21 April 2019 09:38 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:03 pm

HMC launches awareness campaign on brain cancer in April

Khadiza Begum
Khadiza Begum
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Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has announced the launch of an awareness campaign on brain cancer in April, in line with its mission to provide safe health care to all patients.

HMC provides a comprehensive care system for patients with brain cancer. Statistics from the National Cancer Registry at the Ministry of Public Health indicate that brain cancer tumors in Qatar are the eighth most common cancer among males in the country.

The incidence of this type of tumors is 4.48 percent of total cancer cases in general, and these statistics indicate that the total number of cases of brain cancer in Qatar in the year 2015 was 48 cases requiring treatment, 60% of which needs surgical intervention.

The neurosurgery team at The Department of Neurosurgery-Neuroscience Institute at Hamad Medical Corporation had conducted 140 surgeries in 2018, many of them for the treatment of brain cancer.

Director of the Department of Neuroscience, Dr. Ahmed Aoun said that surgery is still the most common method for treating brain cancers. There is a range of treatment options available to brain cancer patients, including chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but surgery is the most common option for treating brain cancers. 60 percent of these cases require surgical intervention, while the most serious tumors are initially treated with surgery then chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Dr Aoun added that the number of surgical staff has been expanded by adding three experienced surgeons from the United States, Canada and Germany to the team originally of four surgeons, at a time when the number of surgeries to treat brain cancer significantly increased while maintaining a high level of therapeutic results of these operations.

For his part, Head of Neurosurgery at Hamad Medical Corporation, pointed out that the medical team follows a strict system in determining the exact place of the tumor.

He said that the operating room contains a MRI device that provides surgeons with live and direct sections of the patient's brain during surgery to ensure the removal of cancer tumors, with the presence of anesthesiologists who follow the patient's case for urgent intervention in case of any complications associated with anesthesia during the operation. (QNA)