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Special edition of the Red Journal highlights the need for radiation oncology services in LMICs
Date:6/25/2014

Fairfax, Va., June 25, 2014The July 1, 2014 edition of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology ● Biology ● Physics (Red Journal), the official scientific journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), features a special section of 10 articles focusing on global health and radiation oncology in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs.)

Three papers examine the overall need for more and the current opportunities to provide radiation oncology in LMICs, C. Norman Coleman, MD, FASTRO, highlights the work and the four main principles of the International Cancer Expert Corps. This multi-national effort is working to establish a mentoring network of cancer professionals to collaborate with LMICs to help develop expertise in cancer care. An article by David A. Jaffray, PhD, and Mary Gospodarowicz, MD, FASTRO, explains the need to address the disparities in access to cancer care among LMICs and also within LMICs. The authors emphasize that all cancer and radiation therapy organizations should advocate on behalf of cancer patients who do not have access to radiation therapy and show that radiation therapy plays an important role in the curative and palliative management of cancer. Drs. Jaffray and Gospodarowicz highlight the work of the Union for International Cancer Control, a group of more than 800 member organizations working to help reduce the global cancer burden.

In another article, Niloy Datta, PhD, Massoud Samiei, PhD, and Stephan Bodis, MD, examine the present status and projections for 2020 in radiation therapy infrastructure and human resources in LMICs. The projected rise in cancer incidence will create a dramatic increase in demand for radiation therapy. The authors propose 12 steps that can be taken at national and international levels to help narrow the gap in access to radiation therapy treatment.

Another group of three articles explores the specific radiation oncology needs of Af
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Contact: Brittany Ashcroft
press@astro.org
703-839-7336
American Society for Radiation Oncology
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