King Hussein Cancer Center Jordan

Arab World Awards

Hamdan Award for the Best Medical College/Institute or Centre in the Arab World

Foundation and Structure:

KHCC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit institution, founded by a Royal Decree to combat cancer in Jordan and the Middle East region, and to provide the most advanced cancer care to Jordanians and other patients from the region. The Center (KHCC), originally named Al-Amal Center, was founded in 1997 in Amman, Jordan, by the late King Hussein. In 2002, the Center was renamed to its current title in honor of the late King who died from cancer complications. KHCC is the largest organization in Jordan fully dedicated to combating cancer, and is the leading cancer center in the Middle East region providing adult and pediatric patients with state-of-theart comprehensive care for patients with all types of cancer. 
The King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF) is the legal umbrella organization responsible for KHCC. It is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of a dedicated group of prominent volunteers chaired by HRH Princess Ghida Talal. KHCC is led by Dr. Asem Mansour- CEO/Director General. 


When KHCC was established in 1997,there were only two oncologists and limited resources, and the KHCC was not equipped to tackle the huge burden of cancer. Today, following 20 remarkable years, KHCC shines as a medical jewel in Jordan and is the only stand-alone, comprehensive, internationally accredited cancer center in the Middle East. KHCC effectively reversed Jordan’s brain-drain, expanding its staff from 2 to 200 oncologists and consultants, and over 600 highly qualified oncology nurses. KHCC currently treats approximately 7000 new cancer cases each year and over two thirds of cancer cases in Jordan. KHCC plays a significant role in alleviating the cancer burden in the Middle East as it treats a substantial number of non-Jordanian cancer patients (average of 2000-2500 patients annually), and 31% of new cancer cases at the Center come from Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Sudan, Yemen, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and the GCC. Furthermore, the treatment expenses of 19% of new patients treated at KHCC are covered by KHCF’s Goodwill Funds, which are entirely dedicated to funding the care of underprivileged cancer patients at the Center. Since its inception, KHCC has treated over 52,000 cancer patients from Jordan and the region. KHCC has become a lifeline for thousands of cancer patients seeking cancer care from across Jordan and the region.
As global and regional cancer rates continue to rise, and looking toward its future leadership in tackling the cancer epidemic, KHCC embarked on a major expansion project in an effort to ensure that no one will be denied treatment due to lack of space. The recently-completed new buildings of KHCC, which were officially inaugurated by His Majesty King Abdullah II in 2017, have more than doubled the Center’s previous capacity, whilst also introducing the most advanced and much-needed technology in oncology treatment.

Awards and Recognition:

KHCC is the only center in the Arab world and the sixth in the world to receive disease-specific accreditation from the Joint Commission International (JCI) for its Oncology Program.

It is the only center in Jordan and the fifth center in the Arab world to receive accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP), confirming that KHCC laboratories meet and exceed regulatory requirements, yielding the highest accuracy levels of laboratory results. KHCC is also the only cancer center in Jordan to earn international accreditation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a provider of continuous nursing education. In 2009, two Cancer Registrars at KHCC were certified by the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) in the United States, making KHCC the only center in Jordan that has cancer registrars certified by the NCRA. The Center’s Clinical Research and Registration Office (CCRO), the only office of its kind in the country, captures a complete history of all KHCC patients.

2012, His Majesty King Abdullah awarded KHCC the prestigious Medal of Independence in recognition of the organization’s lifesaving work and their treatment of cancer patients from Jordan and the region in line with the highest international protocols of cancer care. 

2018, Jordan’s Ministry of Cultural Affairs awarded KHCC the National Award in the field of applied and research sciences for its contributions in cancer treatment and research. 

The unique and extraordinary range of services provided to the Cancer patients by King Hussein Cancer Centre (KHCC) has truly earned the center the Hamdan Award for College/Institute or Centre in the Arab World for the term 2017 - 2018.
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