Clinical & Radiation Oncology at SKMCH&RC, Peshawar
The Department of Clinical and Radiation Oncology at SKMCH&RC, Peshawar uses the most precise and advanced method of external beam radiation therapy available including the Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Volumetric Arc Therapy (VMAT).
The team of Consultant Radiation Oncologists at SKMCH&RC, Peshawar treat various types of cancers according to subspecialties such as head and neck, prostate, breast, oesophageal, colo-rectal and brain cancers. These highly qualified health care professionals bring cutting-edge technology from across the world and innovative research and treatment methods to the people of Pakistan.
A team of medical physicists and dosimetrists, who are members of the clinical and radiation oncology team that has the knowledge to generate radiation doses, works closely with our consultant radiation oncologists to optimise each patient’s individual treatment plan. Radiation fields and dose calculations are customised specifically for the type and extent of the disease under treatment. The strict weekly, monthly and annual quality control procedures are administered with the latest technology and equipment to ensure the safe delivery of radiation therapy.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy and Conformal Radiation Therapy:
The Department of Clinical and Radiation Oncology at SKMCH&RC, Peshawar uses Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Volumetric Arc Therapy (VMAT), which are one of the most precise and advanced methods of external beam radiation therapy. It delivers doses of radiation with different intensity levels within 2mm square segments, which optimises the radiation dose to the irregularly shaped tumours while minimising the dose to surrounding structures, further reducing side effects. The smart beam IMRT/ VMAT method utilises the most up-to date Varian version 15.6, 120-Multileaf Linear Accelerator. The Department of Clinical and Radiation Oncology also utilises the Eclipse 3D Computer Planning System. During the treatment planning process, a series of CAT scan images are transferred into a computer to create a 3D image of the tumour. Various radiation beam approaches are then visualised so that the best plan, which targets the tumour with the highest dose of radiation, may be selected while sparing healthy tissue. The patient is not required to be present during the planning process, saving the patient’s time. The best-chosen treatment plan is then selected and mapped out on the patient using a CT Simulator to treat various tumours.
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PHYSICIANS
- FCPS Residency Programme