Muscat: The state-of-the-art Cancer Treatment and Research Centre (CTRC) will open in Oman in July this year. Dr Mansour bin Saif Al Mandhari, Chairman of the Operational Committee of the Sultan Qaboos Integrated Centre for Cancer Treatment and Research, said the CTRC was established by orders of the late Sultan Qaboos.
The centre is expected to receive approximately 80 per cent of cancer patients in the Sultanate over the next three years, thus making the Sultan Qaboos Integrated Centre for Cancer Treatment and Research the largest provider of cancer treatment services in the Sultanate.
Al Mandhari stated the centre includes diagnostic, therapeutic and academic specialties, including radiology, interventional radiology, radiotherapy, genetics, specialised surgery, laparoscopic surgery, oncology for all types of solid tumours, and integrated medical and research laboratories.
Apart from basic services for oncology patients, the centre will also be having specialised nursing staff and a pharmacy equipped with the latest technologies to provide psychological, rehabilitative and nutritional care for cancer patients, in addition to support services.
The first phase of operation will include outpatient clinics, day care unit, radiology and nuclear medicine unit, internal and external pharmacy, medical laboratories, research laboratories, and operations and endoscopy unit. The second phase will include the opening of inpatient departments, operating rooms and associated departments.
It is worth noting that the centre has passed two main stages to obtain the recognition of the International Commission for the Accreditation of American Health Organisations (JCI).
The centre has been classified in terms of structural safety as a centre of excellence in the Middle East, and the committee will continue its evaluation of the centre until the completion of the accreditation stages.