Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology

A. CLINICAL ACTIVITIES

1. OUTPATIENT CLINICS.- General outpatient clinics are on 4days a week i.e. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays-during which period all new patients, old-patients for review and patients on treatment are seen. These clinics run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

2. CHEMOTHERAPY CLINICS – These clinics run on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 8.a.m. to 5 p.m.

3. BRACHYTHERAPY – Patients with Carcinoma of the Cervix after External Beam Radiotherapy have Intracavitary Brachytherapy done on Mondays and Thursdays. Prior bookings are needed for this procedure.

B. FACILITIES

Radiotherapy and Oncology Department at the National Hospital, Abuja is equipped with men and material that can match with any Radiotherapy facility in the modern world of today.

Apart from supporting facilities such as well equipped Radiology facilities such as a Magnetic Resonance Imaging(MRI) and Computerized Tomograghy(CT S Scanner), the Deparment also has in its armamentarium the following Radiotherapy equipment viz:

1. Linear Accelerator

Philips made-dual mode linear accelerator capable of producing both photons and electrons has been in place since the year 2000.

The photons are of different energy ranges from 6 MV to 15 MV.

The different energies gives us the choice to choose appropriate energy for all forms of deep-seated tumours in any part of the body.

The electron energy is of 10 MeV, which we use to treat largely superficial tumours of the body, for tumour bed and scar boosts and for retreatment of superficial tumours where Megavoltage irradiation is not desirable.

 

2. SLi Philips Simulator

This machine is located adjacent to the Linear Accelerator which we use simulating all patients preparatory to Radiotherapy planning. All patients have portal images taken which are stored in the Department for future references.

3. Pantak Superficial X-Ray machine

This machine has energy ranges of 80 to 150 keV dedicated to treating superficial tumours only.

4. Brachytherapy Machines

Automatic Remote Afterloading (AMRA) Brachytherapy machines are available used largely to give intracavitary radiation to Cervical Cancer patients post-external beam irradiation.

Our manpower include 2 Consultant Radiotherapt Oncologists, 2 Medical Physicists, 3 Chief Therapy Radiographers, an In-house Engineer trained for the maintenance of our facilities.

C. TRAINING

Resident Doctors, Medical Students rotate through the Department for training especially for National Post Graduate Medical College of Nigeria and the West African College of Surgeons as the Department is accredited for both Colleges. Departmental Seminars, Case presentations takes place every Fridays beyween 8.30 a.m. and 12. noon

D. RESEARCH

DEPARTMENTAL CONSULTANTS

Dr Bello Abubakar Head Department 

Dr .A.R. Oyesegun

MBBS, M.Med, FMCR, FWACS,FICS
Dr. F. Igbinoba
MBBS, FMCR, FWACS, FICS.

 

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