UAE lays foundation stone for $60m cancer treatment facility

The new facility will address all types of cancer and will offer chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and comprehensive care programmes

The foundation stone has been laid for the region's first proton centre for cancer treatment [representational image].
The foundation stone has been laid for the region's first proton centre for cancer treatment [representational image].

The UAE has laid the foundation stone for the Middle East’s first proton centre for cancer treatment.

Located in the Al-Bahia area of Abu Dhabi, the centre is being developed by the Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Humanitarian and Scientific Foundation, in collaboration with the British company Proton, Kuwait’s Al-Sayer Group, and the UAE-based Al Fardan Group.

The project, with an estimated value of $60m (AED220m), is expected to start receiving patients by Q4 2018, UAE state news agency, WAM, reported.

According to HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Advisor to HH the President of the UAE and the chief patron of the Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Humanitarian and Scientific Foundation, the centre is part of a health project aimed at providing advanced treatment services for chronic diseases.

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The health project reportedly includes an integrated hospital and a centre for planting stem cells.

Sheikh Sultan further noted proton technology has proven to be successful in the treatment of tumours, with the rate of recovery using the technology being very high.

Meanwhile, Dr Mahmoud Taleb Al Ali, executive director of Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Foundation, commented: “The centre will provide therapeutic services to 1,300 patients [from the UAE and abroad] annually.”

Al-Ali also revealed that the foundation will provide scientific and medical consultations for the project, and plans to allocate part of the centre’s profits to spend on its humanitarian relief efforts and for the development of research on cancer and tumours in the UAE and the Arab region.

Dr Mahdy Fardan Ali Al-Fardan, chairman of the board for the Centre in Abu Dhabi, said that the new facility will address all types of cancer, including tumours in children, and will offer chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and comprehensive care programmes that will include the patient's mental and physical care.

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