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Cancer in the Arab World

  • Includes the latest statistics about cancer incidence and cancer facilities in the Arab world

  • Addresses the current status of cancer care and future directions

  • Provides special chapters on breast cancer, colon cancer, palliative care and traditional medicine in Arab world

  • Each chapter is written by experts from each country of the Arab World

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Table of contents (29 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    • Humaid O. Al-Shamsi, Faryal Iqbal, Ibrahim H. Abu-Gheida
    Pages 1-14Open Access
  3. General Oncology Care in Algeria

    • Adda Bounedjar, Mohamed Aimene Melzi, Hassina Idir, Nassiba Heba
    Pages 15-30Open Access
  4. General Oncology Care in Bahrain

    • Ravi Mohan Pedapenki, Ali Madan
    Pages 31-40Open Access
  5. General Oncology Care in Egypt

    • Ahmed H. Ibrahim, Emad Shash
    Pages 41-61Open Access
  6. General Oncology Care in Iraq

    • Nada A. S. Al Alwan
    Pages 63-82Open Access
  7. General Oncology Care in Jordan

    • Sami Khatib, Omar Nimri
    Pages 83-98Open Access
  8. General Oncology Care in Kuwait

    • Ahmad Alhuraiji, Jinan Abdullah, Bader O. Almutairi, Jasem Albarrak
    Pages 99-114Open Access
  9. General Oncology Care in Lebanon

    • Razan Mohty, Arafat Tfayli
    Pages 115-132Open Access
  10. General Oncology Care in Libya

    • Adel Attia, Ismail Siala, Fathi Azribi
    Pages 133-148Open Access
  11. General Oncology Care in Mauritania

    • Selma Mohamed Brahim, Ekhtelebenina Zein, Ahmed Houmeida, Ahmedou Tolba
    Pages 149-161Open Access
  12. General Oncology Care in Morocco

    • Saber Boutayeb, Mohammed Anass Majbar
    Pages 163-174Open Access
  13. General Oncology Care in Oman

    • Itrat Mehdi, Abdul Aziz Al Farsi, Bassim Al Bahrani, Shadha S. Al-Raisi
    Pages 175-193Open Access
  14. General Oncology Care in Palestine

    • Khalid Halahleh, Niveen M. E. Abu-Rmeileh, Mohammad M. Abusrour
    Pages 195-213Open Access
  15. General Oncology Care in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    • Atlal Abusanad, Majed Alghamdi, Mohammed Bakkar, Abdul Rahman Jazieh
    Pages 215-233Open Access
  16. General Oncology Care in Somalia

    • Hussein Abshir Hassan, Ikram Abdikarim, Nur Yassin, Amin
    Pages 235-249Open Access
  17. General Oncology Care in Sudan

    • Hussein AwadElkarim Hussein Maki
    Pages 251-264Open Access
  18. General Oncology Care in Syria

    • Maha Manachi, Eyad Chatty, Seham Sulaiman, Zahera Fahed
    Pages 265-284Open Access
  19. General Oncology Care in Tunisia

    • Nesrine Mejri, Haifa Rachdi, Lotfi Kochbati, Hamouda Boussen
    Pages 285-299Open Access
  20. General Oncology Care in the UAE

    • Ibrahim H. Abu-Gheida, Neil Nijhawan, Aydah Al-Awadhi, Humaid O. Al-Shamsi
    Pages 301-319Open Access

About this book

This is an Open Access book. This book is a must-have for healthcare providers and researchers, public health specialists and policy makers who are interested and involved in cancer care in the Arab world. The Arab world consists of 22 countries, which are members of the Arab League and spanning over 13,132,327 km2 with over 423,000,000 population.  

Over the past few decades, the Arab world has witnessed a swift evolution in healthcare provision. Nonetheless, Arab countries have considerable variability in economic capabilities, resource allocation, and intellectual talent that inevitably reflect on access to modern cancer care and prevention. This book is authored by experts from the Arab world who provide vital information on cancer statistics and risk factors, available clinical care pathways and infrastructure, and prevention programs in their individual countries. The chapters also address specific challenges in each country and insights into future directions to achieve optimal care with conventional and novel diagnostics and therapies to keep up with the era of precision medicine. 

Special topics of interest and unique to the Arab world are also discussed, such as out of the country’s medical tourism for cancer care and cancer care during war and conflict.

Other special chapters include: Cancer research in the Arab world, Radiation therapy in Arab World and Pediatric Oncology in the Arab World

Cancer in the Arab World is the first comprehensive book that addresses cancer care in depth in all Arab countries and it is endorsed by the prestigious Emirates Oncology Society.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Oncology, Burjeel Cancer Institute, Burjeel Medical City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    Humaid O. Al-Shamsi

  • Department of Radiation Oncology, Burjeel Cancer Institute, Burjeel Medical City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    Ibrahim H. Abu-Gheida

  • Department of Oncology, Innovation and Research Center, Burjeel Cancer Institute, Burjeel Medical City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    Faryal Iqbal

  • Emirates Oncology Society, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Aydah Al-Awadhi

About the editors

Prof. Al-Shamsi is the director of VPS oncology services in the United Arab Emirates which is the largest cancer care provider network in the UAE. He is also the President of the Emirates Oncology Society & an adjunct professor at the college of medicine - University of Sharjah. Prof. Al-Shamsi holds triple specialty board certifications in medical oncology from the UK, USA and Canada. He completed his bachelor of science & bachelor of medicine from Cork University , the national university of Ireland with honors in 2005. He then completed his internal medicine residency followed by medical oncology fellowship, he then completed a subspecialty combined fellowship in gastrointestinal and palliative oncology at McMaster University in Canada in 2013. He then joined MD Anderson Cancer Center , The University of Texas , Houston USA as an assistant professor from 2014 to 2017. Prof. Al-Shamsi is the founder of Burjeel Cancer institute at Burjeel Medical City in Abu Dhabi , UAE which is the most comprehensive cancer center in the UAE. He has more than 70 peer reviewed articles and book chapters. His research focus is in precision medicine and health policies related to cancer care in the UAE and the Arab region. He was awarded the researcher of the year in 2020 and 2021 by the Emirates Oncology Society.

Dr. Abu-Gheida is founding head of department of radiation oncology in Burjeel Medical City and an adjunct assistant professor in the United Arab Emirates University. Dr. Abu-Gheida Radiation completed his undergraduate training where he earned a Bachelor of Science with honors degree from the American University of Beirut. Following which Dr. Abu-Gheida completed his Medical School training at the American University of Beirut Medical Center. He continued and joined the Department of Internal Medicine at the American University of Beirut. Then did his training in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the American University of Beirut Medical Center, where he served also as the chief resident. During his Training, Dr. Abu-Gheida completed a Harvard-affiliated NIH-funded research program as well. After his residency, Dr. Ibrahim went to Cleveland Clinic / Ohio, where he was appointed as an Advanced Clinical Radiation Oncology Fellow. Dr. Abu-Gheida went and joined the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Abu-Gheida has many publications in prestigious medical journal including the American Society of Radiation Oncology official journal - International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology and Physics, Nature, Journal of Clinical Oncology, and several others. He is also the primary author of several book chapters published in prestigious books. He also have been granted research awards during his residency.

Ms. Faryal Iqbal holds an undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology. Subsequently, she earned postgraduate qualification in Molecular Genetics from Pakistan, where she worked on finding the association between XRCC1 gene polymorphism and radiation exposure in healthcare workers. She is currently working with an oncology specific research group and serving in the domains of scientific writing, data management, supervision of medical internees, and providing editorial assistance. Ms. Iqbal’s research interests and publications encompass genetics and oncology. She intends to support research across the oncology key areas including prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Her focus is on preparing for future adoption of genomic technology and increased use of genomic information as part of the cancer diagnostic and therapeutic pathways.

Aydah Al-Awadhi is a consultant medical oncologist, graduated medical school from the United Arab Emirates University in 2012, then completed her internal medicine residency in the United States and completed her Medical Oncology and Hematology fellowship from the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2019 and is American Board Certified in Hematology and Medical Oncology. She was awarded the Emirates Oncology Society (EOS) Member of the Year award, 2021. Dr. Al-Awadhi has published many articles and book chapters on breast cancer and oncology.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Cancer in the Arab World

  • Editors: Humaid O. Al-Shamsi, Ibrahim H. Abu-Gheida, Faryal Iqbal, Aydah Al-Awadhi

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  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-16-7944-5Published: 16 March 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-16-7947-6Published: 16 March 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-16-7945-2Published: 15 March 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 476

  • Number of Illustrations: 2 b/w illustrations, 89 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Oncology, Medical and Radiation Physics, Medicine/Public Health, general

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