Health Care

Inner radium treatment can boost cancer recovery — health official

Treatment of tumours by inner radium is an effective way for healing, said head of the radium treatment department at Kuwait Cancer Control Center Dr Meshari Al-Naeemi.

In a statement to KUNA on Monday, on the sidelines of a regional training course on radium treatment, Al-Naeemi said that the course aims to shed light on the recent technologies in cancer treatment, especially radium.

Inner radium is the best treatment for prostate cancer, which doesn’t show symptoms in the early stages, said Al-Naeemi. He called on men 50 years old and above to go under routine check.

Using such technique requires a highly trained team, another factor the training course is focusing on, he added.

According to recent statistics, cancer is the second cause of death in Kuwait and the world. Al-Naeemi noted that prostate cancer is the most type common among men with over 13 percent of the total cases, with an average of 15 cases for every 100,000 people, while breast cancer is the top type for women.

On her part, head of the physics of radium treatment and Secretary General of Kuwait medical physics forum Dr Sheikha Al-Obaidli said the course will focus on radium safety and quality, adding that the presenters are from Germany and Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, Dr Saad Al-Dulaijan from Saudi’s King Faisal Specialized Hospital said that the Gulf region and the Arab World is in need of such training courses, adding that new radium technologies can help boost recovery rate from uterus cancer to 90 percent.

The training course is held in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Middle East Federation of Organizations of Medical Physics (MEFOMP).

Source: Kuwait News Agency

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