American Hospital Dubai and Roche Partner to Provide More Personalized Treatment and Care for Cancer Patients in the UAE

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Published July 29th, 2018 - 08:32 GMT
Dr. Robert Harris, Chief Medical Officer, and Acting CEO at American Hospital Dubai
Dr. Robert Harris, Chief Medical Officer, and Acting CEO at American Hospital Dubai

American Hospital Dubai, one of the leading private hospitals in the Middle East and a pioneer in private healthcare, and Roche, one of the world’s largest biotechnology companies, have announced a partnership to bring to the UAE the latest and most advanced genomic profiling solutions. This new solution - FoundationOne® - will be available to patients with aggressive and / or late stage cancers, in the UAE and will offer cancer specialists unprecedented insights into the molecular make-up of individual cancer patients as a basis for a more personalized and targeted approach to cancer care.

Cancer is a major global health concern and cause of death around the world including the Middle East but every cancer is unique and so each patient needs access to professional support that can help identify the individual’s DNA alterations that cause cancer tumors to grow. It is this deeper understanding of tumors at a molecular level that can help physicians match patients to the most appropriate personalized treatment options including targeted therapies, immunotherapies and clinical trials.

A new, simple, single genomic assay (test) can reveal these DNA alterations and these tests are now available to patients in the UAE and wider region, through the American Hospital Dubai and Roche partnership, providing patients and doctors with the insights to direct a much more individual level of cancer care. The results are available within two weeks of the test.

The new genomic test - FoundationOne® - is commercially available assays for solid tumours, to help guide personalized cancer care by determining the comprehensive genomic profile of a patient’s tumour through a tissue biopsy sample. FoundationOne® applies sequencing to identify all four classes of genomic alterations across 315 cancer-related genes known to be drivers of solid tumours.

Dr. Robert Harris, Chief Medical Officer, and Acting CEO at American Hospital Dubai, said: “Our partnership with Roche is a commitment to supporting cancer patients, and especially those with aggressive and late-stage forms of the disease, with a new option that could potentially offer a more personalized and effective form of treatment and care. We believe this partnership could make a significant difference to the lives of these patients.”     

“As one of the leaders in oncology, Roche is proud to be partnering with American Hospital Dubai in bringing innovative assays to patients and physicians in the UAE,”added Abed Sabra, General Manager, Roche - UAE. “By identifying potential treatment options based on the molecular makeup of each patient’s disease, Foundation One® provides patients and their families a personalized approach and a valuable source of hope.”

The American Hospital Dubai’s Cancer Care Center is a dedicated facility providing a range of medical oncology and hematology services for all forms of cancers and blood disorders, with a specialist team. In addition to the traditional cancer treatment options of surgery, chemotherapy, and palliative care, the Cancer Care Center offers new therapies, which are creating remarkable new treatment possibilities. Services include a radiation therapy program which uses the latest technology to provide alternative solutions to cancer patients.

Background Information

American Hospital Dubai

The American Hospital Dubai is a 254-bed, acute care, general medical/surgical private hospital with a multi-specialty physician group practice, designed to provide a high quality, American standard of healthcare to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of the people of Dubai, the UAE and the surrounding Gulf States.

The American Hospital Dubai became the first hospital in the Middle East to be awarded JCI accreditation in May 2000 and has successfully maintained its accreditation seven times. The Laboratory of the American Hospital Dubai was the first private lab in the Middle East to earn accreditation by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and was accredited for the ninth consecutive time in 2017.

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