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IAEA conference to focus on new techniques in cancer treatment
Date:4/23/2009

er is rapidly becoming a major health problem globally, both in developed and developing countries. Despite the increase in the number of cancer patients, advanced treatments are expensive and the resources available in health care are limited. Although a cancer itself is a global issue, its management is especially critical in developing countries, which are in the process of developing strategies and programmes for treating cancer.

The main focus of ICARO meeting will be Radiotherapy, which is one of the most commonly used methods of cancer treatment. Radiotherapy has also a crucial role in reducing the symptoms of cancer, such as pain, and in improving the quality of life of cancer sufferers who cannot be cured. It is an important and cost-effective component of cancer management, but requires sophisticated equipment and highly trained personnel.

Acquiring new technology and implementing it can be expensive both in terms of improving infrastructure and training of human resources needed to support it. There will never be an over-abundance of resources to support acquiring new technology, so a broad perspective strategy for implementing the technology is essential for assessing its impact.

The conference will also discuss the requirements of advanced technologies in terms of training and equipment and their applicability in different environments.


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