Global Radiotherapy: Current Status and Future Directions—White Paper

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Global Radiotherapy: Current Status and Future Directions—White Paper


JournalJCO Global Oncology
Article typeJournal research article – Other
Publication date – Jun – 2021
Authors – May Abdel-Wahab, Soehartati S. Gondhowiardjo , Arthur Accioly Rosa , Yolande Lievens , Noura El-Haj, Jose Alfredo Polo Rubio,Gregorius Ben Prajogi , Herdis Helgadottir , Eduardo Zubizarreta ,Ahmed Meghzifene, Varisha Ashraf, Stephen Hahn, Tim Williams, Mary Gospodarowicz
Keywordscancer, Low-and middle-income countries, noncommunicable disease
Open access – Yes
SpecialityHealth policy, Other, Surgical oncology
World region Global

Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on June 16, 2021 at 12:16 am
Abstract:

Recognizing the increase in cancer incidence globally and the need for effective cancer control interventions, several organizations, professional bodies, and international institutions have proposed strategies to improve treatment options and reduce mortality along with minimizing overall incidence. Despite these efforts, an estimated 9.6 million deaths in 2018 was attributed to this noncommunicable disease, making it the second leading cause of death worldwide. Left unchecked, this will further increase in scale, with an estimated 29.5 million new cases and 16.3 million deaths occurring worldwide in 2040. Although it is known and generally accepted that cancer services must include radiotherapy, such access is still very limited in many parts of the world, especially in low- and middle-income countries. After thorough review of the current status of radiotherapy including programs worldwide, as well as achievements and challenges at the global level, the International Atomic Energy Agency convened an international group of experts representing various radiation oncology societies to take a closer look into the current status of radiotherapy and provide a road map for future directions in this field. It was concluded that the plethora of global and regional initiatives would benefit further from the existence of a central framework, including an easily accessible repository through which better coordination can be done. Supporting this framework, a practical inventory of competencies needs to be made available on a global level emphasizing the knowledge, skills, and behavior required for a safe, sustainable, and professional practice for various settings. This white paper presents the current status of global radiotherapy and future directions for the community. It forms the basis for an action plan to be developed with professional societies worldwide.

OSI Number – 21134

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