Abu Dhabi’s Sixth International Oncology Conference set to kick-off this week

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Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan

Under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Tolerance, VPS Healthcare’s 6th International Oncology conference is set to kick-off this week in Abu Dhabi. The conference will focus on artificial intelligence in healthcare, with leaders coming together to discuss revolutionary cancer research methodology, treatment using cutting-edge technologies, and personalized cancer medicine. This year’s conference will be held on October 11th and 12th at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel.


For the sixth consecutive year, VPS Healthcare, one of the largest healthcare groups in the Middle East, is organizing the conference, where the top minds in Oncology will gather to present ground-breaking research, share results, and drive new insights in areas such as screening, early detection and diagnosis. Other discussions will highlight novel treatment approaches, targeted therapy, and advances in the treatment of breast cancer. The conference is expected to welcome more than 800 visitors for this year’s compelling sessions.

Worldwide, ten million individuals have lost their lives to cancer-related illnesses in 2018 thus far, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Lung, breast, and colorectal cancer are the most common high-risk types of the illness affecting both genders. On a global scale, cancer is responsible for 1 in 6 deaths. In the UAE, more than 4,500 cancer cases are diagnosed every year, with an average of 12 people diagnosed per day. These key topics will be tackled by the experts during the panel discussions.

Commenting on the conference, Mr. Amir Firdaus, Chief Operating Officer of VPS Healthcare said: “In line with the National Agenda and Vision 2021, the UAE has made cancer prevention a priority by enforcing robust awareness campaigns and providing world-class healthcare. Our upcoming development, Burjeel Medical City (BMC), will become a center of excellence focused on oncology, critical and long-term care. Once the facility becomes operational in 2019, it will contribute to establishing the UAE as the region’s leading destination for oncology treatment, and positioning the nation as a medical tourism hub and assisting in building a knowledge-based economy.
Mr. Firdaus added: “We are witnessing oncology professionals worldwide unlocking incredible new potential using state-of-the-art technologies to combat one of the most life-threatening illnesses mankind has ever encountered. VPS is proud to engage in projects dedicated to cancer treatment, and it gives us great pleasure to host the International Oncology Conference for the sixth year in a row. We have great confidence in the results of the conference’s panel discussions, which are sure to have a significant impact in raising national awareness against cancer.”

According to the Department of Health, cancer is the third leading cause of death in the UAE. With the opening of the center of excellence next year, BMC, which will be based in Mohamed bin Zayed City, will play a role in fulfilling the growing healthcare needs of both residents and medical tourists in the nation. It will be the largest private healthcare facility in the UAE, and will aim to deliver a unique ‘art of healing’ experience, with an emphasis on long-term care and wellness. The 1.2 million sq. ft. facility will offer ultra-specialized medical services within the UAE as part of VPS’ future scopes and strategic endeavors.

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