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The Building of a Huge Cancer Center to be Launched Today in Riyadh

RiyadhThe corner stone of King Abdullah Center for Tumors and Liver Diseases will be laid today by King Abdullah at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in , as announced by Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeah, Minister of Health and Chairman of the King Faisal Hospital Board of Directors. He said “The advanced center will diagnose and treat cancer patients and result in a huge improvement in healthcare services”. The center is costing SR906 million, will contain 21 floors, and will be similar to advanced international centers. Tumor patients will have 206 beds, 32 for intensive care, and 43 for liver disease patients, all across 23,183 square meters.

“The center will have a radiology-treatment section with the latest equipment, 18 outpatient clinics for tumors, 18 clinics for bone marrow transplants and blood diseases, 14 clinics for liver diseases, and 12 surgery clinics and other clinics for different specialties. The center will also involve medical backup services including physical therapy, dentistry, blood bank and laboratories” mentioned Dr. Qasim Al-Qasabi, Executive Supervisor General of the hospital. He added that this center will work on preventing the increasing number of tumor patients in the Kingdom.

11,040 tumor patients were reported in the country according to the Saudi National Record 2006 statistics. This rate may increase to reach 21,000 in 2020 considering the current population growth rate. The increasing number of cancer patients across must be encountered with more specialized doctors and centers, as Dr. Hadir Mustafa Mir, Director of the Tumors Section at King Abdul Aziz Hospital in , said.

He added “This was particularly needed for some types of the disease, such as breast cancer and leukemia. There is a 15 percent annual increase in such cases”. “More centers are needed, especially for children, with social and psychological services. There was a lack of studies and research that was specific to Arab countries” Dr. Iman Hashim Baroom, head of the Central Coordination Unit for the Early Detection of Breast Cancer Program in Jeddah commented.

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