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Committed to bringing the latest in neurosciences and staying responsive to the needs of the community, we will soon launch our dream project with a new 100-bedded facility that will bring to the region much needed specialties such as Radiosurgery.

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NSH CYBERKNIFE CANCER CENTER

The first Cancer Center in the UAE to provide Robotic Cyberknife Technology and Radixact Tomotherapy.

As one of the UAE’s most advanced cancer centers, offering outstanding standards of clinical care, we have the expertise, technology and facilities to deliver a truly personalized care package to our patients.

Our consultants, clinicians, nurses and healthcare professionals are cancer experts specializing across disciplines, working collectively every day to better the lives of our patients. As a patient you will be able to choose your own consultant, who will personally oversee every aspect of your treatment plan.

As a leading cancer centre, we attract the best minds in oncology. Every month we bring together up to 20 of our best-in-class specialists, to form multidisciplinary teams to agree personalized treatment plans, ensuring the patient receives the continuity and reassurance of one-to-one care. 

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What is Cyberknife?

Cyberknife is an advanced non-invasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of benign or malignant tumors anywhere in the body.

It works by delivering high doses of radiation to eradicate the tumor with extreme accuracy ensuring that no harm is done to surrounding healthy tissue. This treatment modality not only offers new hope to patients who have inoperable or surgically complex tumors, but can also help avoid the complications associated with surgeries such as post-operative recovery pain, anesthesia and risks of infection. The CyberKnife System has more than two decades of clinical proof and has helped hundreds of thousands of cancer patients.

How is Cyberknife radiosurgery different from conventional radiotherapy treatment?

A CyberKnife delivers treatment over one to five days, whereas traditional radiotherapy can take up to seven weeks.

CyberKnife is mainly used for small, isolated tumours. Conventional radiotherapy is used to treat larger and more widespread cancers. CyberKnife targets the tumour with pinpoint accuracy, so it inflicts minimal damage to the surrounding healthy tissue.

Because the size of the radiation field is smaller, clinicians can deliver very high doses of radiation safely. Tumours often move during treatment, even when the patient is immobilised. The CyberKnife uses advanced robotic technology to automatically detect, track and correct for even the slightest movement as it occurs throughout treatment.

What can Cyberknife treat?

  • CyberKnife is used to treat conditions throughout the body, including the prostate, lung, brain, spine, liver, pancreas, kidney, head and neck and to treat residual disease and to avoid recurrence.
  • CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery is proven to be precise and effective for a broad range of neurological indications, including meningiomas, acoustic neuroma, pituitary adenomas, vascular malformations and functional disorders.

Benefits of Cyberknife

• Most patients experience minimal or no side effects and recover quickly from the radiation therapy.
• The CyberKnife system was designed for patient comfort during treatment.
• CyberKnife targets tumors previously considered unreachable by surgery or radiotherapy
• With CyberKnife, you may have fewer complications and lower risks than surgery or conventional radiation
• Treatment with CyberKnife can be completed quickly.
     o Traditional radiation therapy may require as many as 30 sessions.
• CyberKnife does not require anesthesia, incisions, blood loss, or recovery time.
• CyberKnife uses the body’s bony structures or implanted markers to find its target. Similar techniques require patients to wear uncomfortable frames during the procedure.
• No overnight hospital stays are required.
• CyberKnife uses the Synchrony Respiratory Tracking System® to follow tumor movement, even while you breathe. Other techniques require patients to hold their breath during treatment.
• CyberKnife provides radiation to the tumor from more than 1,400 different possible angles to:
     o Concentrate radiation on the tumor itself
     o Avoid surrounding, healthy tissue
• CyberKnife treats previously radiated areas safely and effectively.
• CyberKnife allows doses to be spread over multiple visits.
     o Unlike some radiosurgery systems
     o Particularly helpful for avoiding damage to nearby normal tissues

 

What is the Radixact Tomotherapy System?

The Radixact Tomotherapy system is a highly versatile, efficient radiation therapy machine, using high energy x rays to destroy and damage cancer cells. Its innovative helical design is unique to this radiation system and allows us to deliver radiation continuously at 360 degrees to the tumor, as the table couch moves continuously through the machine.

The Radixact TomoTherapy system allows the Oncology team to identify the exact location, size and shape of tumors, this enables them to adjust the radiation beam for each specific case.

This type of radiation therapy is one of the most common treatments for cancer and approximately half of all cancer patients will have some type of radiation therapy as part of their treatment plan.

What types of cancer does Radixact Tomotherapy treat?

  • Brain cancers
  • Spinal cancers
  • Craniospinal cancers
  • Total bone marrow irradiation
  • Head and neck cancers
  • Breast cancers
  • Prostate cancers
  • Lung cancers
  • Paediatric cancers
  • Sarcomas
  • Liver cancers
  • Anal cancers
  • Pancreatic cancers
  • Gynecologic cancers
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Benefits of Radixact Tomotherapy?

With Radixact TomoTherapy, physicians can adjust the size, shape and intensity of the radiation beam to accurately target the size, shape and location of the patient’s tumor. This offers several advantages, including:

• Verifying the location of each tumor before treatment

• Targeting tumors with optimal levels of radiation

• Minimizing the damage to surrounding, healthy areas

• Reducing the side effects of radiation therapy

For more information, please inquire below

Our Oncology and Radiosurgery Doctors

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Dr .Salam Yanek

Radiation Oncologist (Head of Department)

American Board of Radiation Oncology
Specialty: Radiation Oncology & Radiosurgery
Years of Experience: Over 22 years
Languages Spoken: EN, AR

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Dr Nandan M Shanbhag

Radiation Oncologist

MBBS, MD, EMBA, Dip PallMed, (PhD)
Specialty: Radiation Oncology & Radiosurgery
Years of Experience: Over 15 years
Languages Spoken: EN, HI

Our Medical Physicists

Neuro Spinal Hospital has employed an experienced team of Medical Physicists for the first in UAE CyberKnife radiosurgery and Radixact radiation therapy machines. Medical Physicists are healthcare professionals, scientists responsible for bridging the science and technology into medicine, especially in radiosurgery and precise radiation therapy. The Medical Physicists are responsible for the acceptance testing, commissioning, dosimetry, safety and accuracy of treatment planning and delivery. They configure CyberKnife, Radixact, treatment planning systems and radiation imaging scanners to ensure accurate delivery of radiation dose to the treated tumors and safe for the critical organs, as prescribed by the Doctors.

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Dr. Christos Antypas

M.Sc., PhD
Chief Medical Physicist

Specialty: Radiation Oncology & Radiosurgery
Years of Experience: Over 25 years
Languages Spoken: EN, GRE

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Dr. Sajeev Thomas​

Ph.D., MSc.RP, C.Sc.,
Medical Physicist

Specialty: Radiation Oncology & Radiosurgery
Years of Experience: Over 17 years
Languages Spoken: EN, HI

Our Radiation Therapists

Sinead Catherine Murphy

Head Radiation Therapist

Muriel Burke

Radiation Therapist

Teekendra Singh Faujdar

Radiation Therapist

Nikhil Jose

Radiation Therapist

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