Abdallah Sherif Radwan Mohamed, MD., M.Sc, is Assistant Lecturer of Clinical Oncology at the  Alexandria Clinical Oncology department of Alexandria University. He was awarded an ACSBI fellowship in 2012 and is currently conducting is fellowship at the Radiation Oncology Department, MD Anderson Center, Houston, TX, USA. The title of his research project is ‘Patterns of failure in the era of IMRT for head and neck cancer: Quantitative dose mapping using software image coregistration.’

What are the objectives of your fellowship?

My ultimate goal is to participate as much as I can in improving the radiation oncology practice in Egypt especially in my institution "Alexandria Clinical Oncology Department, University of Alexandria" through being exposed to the best schools of radiation oncology, worldwide. With regards to this specific research project, my objective is to determine the patterns of failure in head and neck cancer patients receiving definitive, concurrent chemo-or neoadjuvant chemo-radiotherapy with IMRT technique relative to specified target volumes using post-recurrence imaging co-registered to the delivered treatment plan. In addition to this research objective, I also plan to attend clinical activities such as consultations, treatment planning and follow-ups under the supervision of an attending physician, in addition to attending multidisciplinary and departmental conferences and lectures.

What is the relevance of this project with regards to the cancer situation in Egypt, your home country?

In Egypt, although we face a big and increasing problem of Head and Neck Cancer related mortality, we lack the exposure to these recent techniques of Radiotherapy in addition to properly designed clinical research studies to address this point. In addition to the lack the experienced staff that could utilise these modern techniques of radiotherapy in order to give the best care to the poor cancer patient presented to our department from four different governorates (Alexandria, Behira, Matrouh and Kafr Elshikh). The experience of the IMRT and its pros and cons and the importance of proper target definition and the prediction of the types of failure will lead a revolution in radiation therapy treatment that will lead to improvement in the treatment outcomes.

What are you expecting to gain by the end of this fellowship?

My expectations are to gain knowledge and skills of radiotherapy treatment planning using the recent sophisticated techniques of radiotherapy IMRT, IGRT. I wish to implement this training back home by introducing modern state of the art treatment modalities and strategies for cancer patients, since cancer continues to cause death and misery among our patients in Egypt. I hope this fellowship will enable me to establish a link between the University of Texas MD Anderson cancer center and our institution that can be of great value in achieving mutual research projects and exchange of personnel and experiences.

I hope to publish the results of this research project in international highly ranked peer reviewed journals. By broadening of my horizons by being exposed to the best schools in the world in both research methodologies and clinical applications, getting real life experience on the up to date state of the art technology in cancer treatment, I hope to transfer this experience back to Egypt or at least start a long term plan to achieve this kind of centers of excellence in our nation by, for instance, augmenting the value of the multidisciplinary team approach in cancer management. I also hope to try to start a Head and Neck multidisciplinary tumor board back in our institution.

The ACSBI Fellowship is supported by the American Cancer Society.

Abdallah Sherif Radwan Mohamed, MD., M.Sc, Assistant Lecturer of Clinical Oncology, Alexandria Clinical Oncology department, Alexandria University, was awarded an ACSBI fellowship in 2012 and is currently conducting his fellowship at the Radiation Oncology Department, MD Anderson Center, Houston, TX, USA.