Work has begun on the United Arab Emirates’ first proton beam therapy cancer treatment centre.
The Abu Dhabi Proton Centre (ADPC) will be part of the existing Gulf International Cancer Centre (GICC) in Abu Dhabi, and situated on a site provided by SBK Holding, the Holding Company of Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, advisor to the President of the UAE.
Mike Moran, Proton Partners International’s CEO, said: “Today marks an important phase in our plans to revolutionise cancer treatment in the UAE. There is a growing need for proton beam therapy treatment worldwide. Its effectiveness at lowering side effects compared with traditional radiation treatment is transforming the lives of many thousands of cancer patients. Currently, no centres offer such therapy in the Middle East, so we are proud that Proton Partners will be the first to be bring it to the UAE.”
Professor Karol Sikora, the company’s chief medical officer, added: “Studies have shown that at least 10% of patients who receive traditional radiotherapy would be treated more effectively with protons.”