Swedish King and Queen Visit King Hussein Cancer Center


Amman, November 16th, 2020 - King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden visited the King Hussein Cancer Centre (KHCC), one of the most prominent cancer hospitals in the region.

Their majesties were received by HRH Prince Talal Bin Muhammad, special adviser to His Majesty King Abdullah, HRH Princess Ghida Talal, chairperson of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF) and Center (KHCC).

During their tour, which would enhance Jordanian-Swedish health cooperation, Their Majesties were briefed on the Advanced Linear Accelerator (LINAC), a donation made by the Swedish Elekta — a company for radiotherapy, radiosurgery and related equipment and clinical management for cancer treatment - to Al Bashir Hospital in Amman in 2018.

In the presence of the Director General of the King Hussein Cancer Center, Dr. Asem Mansour, and the Director General of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation, Nisreen Qatamish, they also learned about the installation of Gamma Knife at the Jordan University Hospital, which is an advanced alternative to traditional brain surgery and whole-brain radiation therapy used to treat complex cases.

On the occasion of Their Majesties’ visit, Princess Ghida stated: “Since our earliest days, Swedish medical technology, including that of Elekta, has been among KHCC’s preferred partner for radiation therapy equipment. This relationship – and the broader support of Sweden for Jordan’s medical excellence –  is an example of the immense success that can be achieved through international partnerships, which help us shoulder the cancer burden.”

Health Minister Feras Al Hawari highlighted the ministry’s efforts, in cooperation with partners, to fight cancer and raise awareness about the importance of early detection, as well as to improve medical care in this field, including palliative care.

Expressing appreciation of Elekta, Hawari highlighted that the Swedish company’s donation serves the health needs of Jordanian and refugees.

Swedish Ambassador to Jordan Alexandra Rydmark said that science and technology are essential to addressing enormous challenges facing humanity, adding “prosperity could be realised only through continuous development, which was emphasised during Their Majesties visit to Jordan”.

There are more than 11,500 new cancer cases in Jordan a year. Patients who require radiotherapy as part of their care are treated by Elekta equipment, and several of them are at the KHCC, said Caroline Leksell, a member of the Elekta board of directors.

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