New Iranian technology has been unveiled to cure cancer.

Tehran (IP)- Chairman of the Board of Directors of 'Harris' Healthcare Tourism Organisation has said Iran's healthcare tourism (medical tourism) is one of the best and cheapest in the world.

Iran Press/Iran news: In an exclusive interview with Iran Press on Thursday, Mehrdad Mahmoudi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of 'Harris' Healthcare Tourism Organisation said: "Iranian doctors and specialists are world-class ones, and they are first-class professionals." 

"Healthcare tourism aims to offer the best possible medical services and treatment at the lowest possible cost, to offer the best medical facilities to patients from neighbouring countries who come here to receive medical treatment, and top Iranian doctors and specialists visit them", he continued.

"The patients while enjoying their visit to Iran might go sightseeing and visit historic and religious places. They can also get the best medical treatment with the highest international standards", Mehrdad Mahmoudi added.

"Currency fluctuations have created an opportunity for patients from neighbouring countries to come here and receive first-class medical treatment at very low prices. The high-quality medical services we offer is incomparable with some European countries. For example, patients with prostate cancer can be fully treated and cured in Iran at a total cost of just 20000 Euros, whereas of course, the same patient in Germany must pay at least 70000 Euros to receive more or less the same quality medical services and treatment. So it makes sense for patients to come to Iran and be treated here. We offer first-class medical services at a fraction of the cost here in Iran", he added.   

The Medical Tourism press conference was held in Tehran on Thursday, 5 September 2019, bringing together some of the best doctors and medical specialists from Iran as well as other countries.

New Iranian technology has been unveiled to cure cancer.
Directors of the Center for diagnosing and treating Cancer “Roshana” and the “Heris” Health Tourism Group on the side of a group of doctors and specialists in the field of cancer from the countries of Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan showed Iran's latest capability to treat cancer.
The meeting attended by the Director of International Affairs of the Ministry of Health and dozens of heads of medical sciences in different govern orates of Iraq, doctors specializing in Afghan hospitals and health tourism workers from the region's countries.
Dr. Sayed Hadi Molana, director of the Centre for diagnostic and treatment of cancer, said, " Despite the fact that American drug sanctions against our country have caused many problems for cancer patients, the Centre for diagnosis and treatment of cancer has been able to provide treatment to Iranian cancer patients in addition to providing services to the patients of neighboring countries and the region.
The center’s goal is to develop health tourism in the country on one hand and increase the quality of service to cancer patients in Iran and the world, he added. Since the treatment of cancer in Iran is equal to European countries, in addition to the fact that it is useful for Iranians, it can be an opportunity for patients in the region for better and more favorable treatment.
dr maulana referring to the new cancer treatment technology at the center of Roshana and said: this new method of therapy is called painting dose or point dose, and according to it, certain areas of the selected cancer tissue and the dose of radiation therapy are increased at these points, without damaging any other tissues
According to the expert, this is unique in the Middle East and there are only about 10 European countries.
The new approach is now being used to treat patients with prostate cancer, cancers in women “s areas and cervical cancer.
in response to the center’s readiness to treat Arab, afghan and Turkish patients, the director general for the treatment and treatment center said that Iran has offered extensive medical services to the people of neighboring countries in recent years, and we as Iranian specialist doctors have made them friends and their brother and ready to provide them with their expertise in Iran.
He noted, “unfortunately , there is too much health tourism in the field of tourism , and dealers take patients where they get more money , not because it’s in favor of the patient .
Regarding the cost of cancer treatment in Iran, dr maulana stated that the cost of treatment for countries in the region is far less than the rest of the world. According to the calculations, the patients can treat their cancer at the expense of 20 - 50 percent cheaper than Pakistan and India and turkey.
In particular, he promised prostate cancer patients in the world and the region that the quality of treatment of this cancer in Iran is very unique and can have an accurate and thorough treatment.
The Roshana Centre is equipped with two "Varian" devices, one of the best trained machines in the world, Dr. Hamid Reza Dehghan Manshadi, board member of the Roshana Centre, said at the meeting, pointing to the technical equipment available in the center of Roshana.
These machines enable us to provide the best treatment for Iranian and non - Iranian patients, he added. our aim is that patients around Iran can also use this technology and our capability in iran, with this machine, it can best be done to treat cancer patients.
He said: we took the licenses and entered Iran before the emergence of Trump, and after that, although it was very hard, we were able to get software and software updates.
According to doctors and technicians, Iranian doctors and technicians learned the procedures and use of the machine in Switzerland.
He pointed out that even the Roshana Centre is seeking an understanding with some European countries to treat cancer patients in those countries without insurance with a third of the cost of treatment in these countries.
Dr,Meghdad Mahmoodi, director of the health tourism group ”Heris”, said at the meeting that the ease of treatment for patients is one of the most important parts in the treatment of disease: what the Iranian and the patients in the region should enjoy full comfort and security during their treatment and Heris's collection in this regard has tried to accelerate treatment by cutting middlemen and brokers from the treatment process for patients in various fields, especially cancer.
He added that the technology available at the Roshana treatment center enjoys the highest level of quality and Iranian patients enjoy these facilities and we have tried to provide them with other countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Gulf countries.
Dr Mahmoodi notes that treatment costs in Iran are very cheap to regional patients, and Harris is trying to provide them directly in addition to providing them with friendly and authentic Iranian culture and hospitality to them to leave neighboring countries with good health and memory.
The conference, which reporters covered in international and domestic media, visited various departments of the Roshana Centre, including the chemical departments of physics, physics, therapeutic radiation departments, and … and participated in a brief scientific meeting with the new method of treating cancer in the region, the report said.

Sep 05, 2019 15:29 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Sep 15, 2019 21:31 Asia/Tehran]

The public relations officer at the Iraqi health ministry has praised Iranian medicine, saying Iran has advanced tremendously in the medical sciences and Iranian hospitals are well-equipped.

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Iran Press/Iran news: In an exclusive interview with Iran Press on Thursday, Feisal Hussein al-Kanani said: "I must say that Iran has significantly advanced in medicine, and Iranian hospitals are modern and well-equipped, the medical centres are excellent, and many patients visit Iran to receive medical treatment. Patients come here from many countries including Iraq, and currently, there is an Iraqi patient in this hospital who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and he is receiving medical treatment."

He added: "We will invest in Iran, our patients pay for the medical services and treatment they receive here in Iran, they are satisfied and we have had good results."

Al-Kanani added: "Given the [US] economic sanctions on Iran, I must say that there have been no problems for the Iraqi patients to get the medical services and treatment they need, all patients who have travelled here are fully satisfied over Iran's well-equipped and modern hospitals and top doctors and advanced medical methods. I trust Iranian medicine and Iranian hospitals will continue to improve, and cure and treat patients." 

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Iran Under Sanctions: A Scramble For Cancer Care And Blame To Go Around


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Cancer patients receive chemotherapy treatment at Roshana Cancer Center, a private clinic in western Tehran.
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At a cancer treatment center in Iran's capital of Tehran, a doctor's fight to treat her cancer patients has become harder. As U.S. sanctions sink in, the flow of medicine and medical supplies in Iran appears to have slowed — and the reasons are difficult to pin down.
Dr. Mastaneh Sanei, an oncologist at the Roshana Cancer Center, says she's treating patients without the benefits of consistently functioning equipment and a reliable supply of drugs.
With the right treatment, she says, "you may not cure these patients, but they have the chance to prolong survival."
The shortages affecting Iran's hospitals and clinics are a particularly perilous example of an economic crisis that has worsened since the Trump administration reimposed economic sanctions on the country. The 2015 nuclear deal offered Iran economic relief in exchange for limiting its nuclear program, but the U.S. withdrew from the agreement last year and penalize doing business with Iran's oil, banking and other sectors and individuals.
U.S. officials insist that the sanctions explicitly do not apply to medicine or medical devices. But trade experts say heavy restrictions can have an impact on business decisions in sectors that may not have been targeted. Meanwhile, each nation's government blames the other for the squeeze on medicine.
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After new U.S. sanctions against Iran were put in place, the flow of medicine and medical supplies has slowed to facilities like the Roshana Cancer Center. The reasons are difficult to pin down.
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Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has accused the U.S. of "economic terrorism" and of cutting off access to cancer drugs. The allegation is so explosive that Brian Hook, the U.S. special representative for Iran, addressed Iranians directly in a video, calling it a "myth."
In an interview with NPR, Hook blamed Iran's government, saying that "one of the challenges that medical supply firms have had is that when medical devices are imported, the devices that were supposed to help the Iranian people, the regime ends up selling them at a much higher price for profit."
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Flowery wallpaper adorns a treatment room at the Roshana Cancer Center. The center is also decorated with statues of angels — because "they save you," one doctor says.
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In July, Iran's presidential chief of staff said that money for essential goods, including medicine, had disappeared, something U.S. officials cite as an example of how corruption has prevented drugs and medical supplies from reaching hospitals. Hook told NPR that in that case, more than 1 billion euros intended for medical supplies had disappeared.


Praying the radiation machine doesn't break
The Roshana Cancer Center is decorated with statues of angels — because "they save you," Sanei says.
Many specialists in Iran are worried about their ability to save patients.

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Neda Sendani is a technician working in the radiotherapy section of Roshana Cancer Center. In ideal circumstances, medical staff at a cancer center would be constantly learning how to provide the latest treatments.
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Sanei says she likes her work. "Every day, new things happen. Every day, new discoveries," she says. But she is slowly being cut off from access to discoveries in the field.
She has been unable to access international research websites and medical journals. "Scientific sites have blocked us," she says, so she has trouble accessing "lots of research and union guidelines for cancer treatments in the world." And her colleagues desperately hope their technology doesn't break in ways they can no longer fix.
Through a door with a radiation sign, there's a huge radiation therapy machine from the U.S.-based company Varian Medical Systems.
On this day, it's working. But the doctors say it's hard to maintain the machines and obtain replacement parts when something breaks. "You don't have access to the main company, and you are not able to buy the spare parts we need," says Sanei.
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Doctors at Tehran's Roshana Cancer Clinic say it's hard to maintain radiation therapy machines and obtain replacement parts when something breaks.
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Varian tells NPR that it does sell cancer care systems to Iran. It's an example of a disconnect between what U.S. companies and the government say they are doing and what medical care providers in Iran are experiencing.

The shortages affecting Iran's hospitals and clinics are a particularly perilous example of an economic crisis that has worsened since the Trump administration reimposed economic sanctions on the country. Each nation's government blames the other for the squeeze on medicine.
Marjan Yazdi for NPR
The unwillingness of companies and financial institutions to engage in business with Iran, even to sell goods such as medicine that are exempt from U.S. sanctions, is likely contributing to the current shortage.
"There are so many sanctions and they are so complex and they cover so many entities in Iran, especially in the financial sector, it's very difficult to find legal, viable, credible, efficient business counterparts in Iran for international businesses to do business with," says Elizabeth Rosenberg, a former Treasury Department sanctions official.
Even if Western companies do find Iranian business and banking counterparts, Rosenberg says, there's no telling what can happen along the supply chain. "Now most of the big [Iranian] banks are designated [for sanctions], and as you can imagine, any smaller bank doesn't have as much capital on hand, they may have less capacity to handle cross-border financial transactions, and they may also not have in place some of the appropriate controls for safety and soundness or anti-money-laundering controls."
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A nurse prepares chemotherapy medications for patients at the Roshana Cancer Center. An oncologist there says the limitation goes beyond goods and supplies.
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Alan Enslen, an international trade lawyer at Baker Donelson in Washington, D.C., says it isn't just financial institutions that are reluctant to do business with Iran; it is also shipping and other companies along the chain. "Everybody feels like they're putting themselves at risk and so it has to be worth it," Enslen says. "I know it sounds like economics prevails over humanitarian concerns, but sometimes that's just the reality of how it plays out."
An article published in March by the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Atlantic Council said the Treasury has previously "prosecuted medical companies for selling small amounts of medical supplies to Iran, which in turn, has had a deterring effect on other companies doing business with Tehran."

People shop in Tehran's Tajrish market. Iran faces high inflation. Food prices went up by more than 70% between July 2018 and July 2019, one economy expert says.
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The U.S. exported $12.5 million in pharmaceutical preparations to Iran last year, down by more than 80% from the annual total in 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Europe has also reportedly reduced medical exports to the country. The European Union — which remains in the Iran deal and pressed the U.S. not to withdraw — set up a special office to finance food and medicine for Iran, but its work has begun slowly.


"People are poorer than they were before"


The economic toll of the sanctions isn't immediately visible in Tehran. Streets are bustling. Restaurants and cafes in many parts of the city are lively. In the more affluent areas, construction cranes dot the skyline.
Yet many Iranians are struggling. Amid high inflation, food prices went up by more than 70% between July 2018 and July 2019, according to Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, an Iran economy expert at the Brookings Institution, citing the country's official statistics. "The short of it is that people are poorer than they were before," he says.

Residents of Tehran recently interviewed by NPR were willing to fault Iran's ruling establishment for the economic troubles, a departure from normal practice in the country.
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Iranians have endured decades of sanctions, but this round is in some ways inflicting more pain.

"What's different is that the U.S. has reimposed the sanctions it lifted pursuant to the nuclear deal and it has layered on many more, including doing things like designating some Iranian financial institutions not previously designated and that were previously used to facilitate food, medicine and medical imports," says Rosenberg, who is now a senior fellow at the think tank Center for a New American Security.
"That's a particular affront to people who disagree with Trump's policy, and it certainly gives another talking point to those people who are laying the blame at the feet of sanctions. The reality around who is responsible may be somewhere in between the arguments offered on both sides."

People hang out in the evening outside Tehran's City Theater performing arts center. The economic toll of the sanctions isn't immediately visible in the city.
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"We are not guilty"
The economic troubles have triggered debate among Iranians about who's to blame.
In a country where people have long been hesitant to openly criticize the government, residents of Tehran recently interviewed by NPR were willing to fault Iran's ruling establishment.

That includes 32-year-old Mahsa Hadipour, who regularly visits the Roshana Cancer Center with her father, who has prostate cancer. She has struggled with rheumatoid arthritis for much of her life and can't find the prosthetic joints she needs in Iran. She can't afford treatment abroad, and she blames Iran's government for the strain on her family.

"It must be my own government," she says. "The government should be supporting us. Instead we're the ones who sacrifice at the hands of these political games."
Sanei, the oncologist, says she doesn't like Trump's politics but doesn't entirely blame the Trump administration, either. "They are right about the things they say about our country," she says. "But we are not guilty — people are not."
This story was reported in Iran and the U.S.
NPR's Bo Hamby produced the broadcast reports.

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