Hospital Departments

Kuwait Cancer Registry

Cancer Register was established in 1971 in the Radiotherapy Department at the Al-Sabah hospital. The initial purpose of registry was to study the incidence and morphology of cancers in the Kuwaiti population and to use this information as the basis for establishing a comprehensive cancer center for diagnosis, treatment, follow-up and care of cancer patients. Subsequently, the Kuwait Cancer Control center (KCCC) was established in 1982 and the registry became a separate department of the hospital.

Notification of cancer is compulsory through Ministerial regulations. Cancer registrations are comprehensive as almost all cases not initially diagnosed or treated at KCCC (including those who receive initial treatment abroad) are ultimately referred to the center for further treatment or follow up. The registry maintains a separate alphabetical and numeric index that includes information such as case note, number, nationality, name, gender, age, year of diagnosis and disease site. Pathology reports and death certificates are filed numerically by year. All new registrations are checked against these indices to avoid duplication. KCR is the first Arab and Gulf country to have its results accepted and published in the “Cancer in Five Continents” since its 5th edition in 1990. To date, the KCR has collected detailed information on 39,832? cases of cancer both Kuwaiti and non-Kuwaiti, with about 1500 new cases added annually. The database includes information on demographics, cancer type, and extent of disease at diagnosis, treatment, and survival. With this high quality data, leading cancer researchers are able to advance scientific knowledge about the causes, treatment, cures and prevention of cancer. The data is also used for monitoring the trends in incidence, planning and evaluation of the cancer care facilities.

In the future, KCR must be enhanced and integrated with other systems to provide timely information on the burden of newly diagnosed patients. Collaboration in data collection, standard setting, surveillance activities, research, education and training, data use, and advocacy national programs will be important to the continued success of the cancer registry.

The department is made up of the head of department, Dr. Amani Elbasmi, three Tumor Registrars, Ms. Munira El Khaldy, Mr. Boaz Rajakumari, and Rogini Govindan, as well as secretary, Ms. Houida Habib.

The department works through a highly trained and qualified staff. Its work is recognized on national and international levels. The department is a full member of the IARC and has the support of the World Health Organization. An annual report is published with the latest being the report for the 2010 Cancer Registry of Kuwait. Several contributions to research and lecture presentations were made as part of the initiatives of the Kuwait Cancer Registry.