The department runs outpatient clinics per week, including multidisciplinary breast and sarcoma clinics. In the multidisciplinary breast clinic new breast cancer patients are evaluated by medical and radiation oncologists and surgeons prior to presentation in the breast conference. The outpatient chemotherapy infusion suite is operated five days a week and provides an excellent majority of cancer chemotherapy is done on an outpatient basis.
The Department currently has 40 inpatient beds, 18 adult and 12 pediatric beds. Oncology patients are also admitted to other inpatient units, as bed demand dictates. The two oncology wards are staffed round-the-clock by oncology chemotherapy certified nursing staff. Medical staff provides 24 hour coverage on a rotational basis. The adult hematology and oncology patients are admitted for staging work-up, chemotherapy and complications resulting from therapy or disease progression, e.g. pain, symptom management.
Clinical research is also an integral part of our service, encouraging our physicians to actively participate in research projects. Much of our research is funded by the King Abdulaziz Medical City - Riyadh Abdullah International Medical Research Center and Pharmaceutical companies.
The Department of Oncology is actively involved in clinical research, initiating its own studies and also participating in international, multi-site clinical trials. There are currently 13 active studies; 11 studies submitted for IRB approval and 5 studies under development. The Research Unit has three Research Coordinators implementing these studies. Medical staff and physicians in training are encouraged to participate in our research endeavors.
The department has recently become a member of the prestigious Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG), a leading oncology research organization in the United States. We are also addressing the need for ongoing research and development aimed at providing data for program planning and improving clinical care, through outcomes and effectiveness research.
Continuing Medical Education
The education of physicians entering the field of Oncology is of paramount importance to the department. Fellowships have been established to enable a number of Saudi physicians to study in North America to gain invaluable education and experience. Students and Medical Residents also participate in Grand Rounds and attend Tumor Boards, as part of their learning experience within the department.
Data Management Unit
The Data Management Unit is responsible for the KAMC Tumor Registry, departmental statistics, providing data management support for clinical research and retrospective studies as well as coordinating Oncology clinical documentation as we move toward an electronic record.
The Tumor Registry’s main purpose is to identify all malignancies diagnosed and or treated at KAMC. Data collected includes patient demographics, cancer identification, treatments and follow up information. These data will contribute to treatment planning, staging and the continuity of care for patients and are also aggregated with national (Saudi Cancer Registry) and regional (Gulf Central Cancer Registry) data for incidence reporting.
Data Management is currently staffed by a Data Manager, two Tumor Registry Technicians, and a Database Coordinator. Tumor Registry Technicians are working toward obtaining the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) credential.