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Amen Sibtain

Amen Sibtain
Oncologist, London


Dr Amen Sibtain MD MRCP FRCR specialises in the treatment of Gastrointestinal, Hepatobiliary and Head and Neck cancers. He has particular expertise in chemoradiotherapy, new radiotherapy techniques, including Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy and Gamma Knife Radiosurgery.Dr Sibtain worked at the Royal Marsden, Mount Vernon and The Middlesex Hospitals before he was appointed to Barts. He was awarded his MD degree from the University of London for research in tumour hypoxia.

    Clinical interests

  • Highly experienced in the treatment of gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary and head and neck cancers, Dr Sibtain is skilled in the latest and most advanced therapies, including:

    Intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT)

    Intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) uses advanced technology to shape a radiotherapy beam to the exact size and shape of a tumour, avoiding damage to surrounding healthy tissue.  Precise and varying doses can be applied to different areas of the tumour, maximising the effectiveness of the therapy and reducing side-effects.

    Stereotactic radiosurgery

    Stereotactic radiosurgery (also known as stereotactic radiotherapy) is another new technology to deliver targeted radiation to a tumour.  Most commonly used for small brain tumours such as acoustic neuroma, secondary brain tumours, menigioma and pituitary tumours, it involves the application of a very high dose of radiation to a very small precise area. 

    Stereotactic radiosurgery can be delivered from specialised machines (Gamma Knife and CyberKnife), or from a conventional radiotherapy machine (linear accelerator) that has been adapted for the purpose.  Totally non-invasive and with an excellent record for successful treatment, it does not result in hair loss or nausea and patients can normally resume everyday activities within a couple of days.

    Research interests

  • Mr Sibtain is the editor of the book 'Towards The Prevention of Cancer' (RSM Press: 2007). An early adopter of the Cyberknife, he has a particular interest in new radiotherapy techniques for the treatment of cancer. 

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