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

rica, focusing on active projects in Senegal and Botswana. Brandon J. Fisher, DO, et al, describe the need for radiation therapy treatment in Africa, where there are fewer than one teletherapy unit per 10 million people. The authors highlight specific examples of lack of access to megavoltage machines and brachytherapy services, and charge public, private and governmental organizations to develop initiatives to remedy these disparities. John P. Einck, MD, et al, review the implementation of high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy in Senegal through Radiating Hope, a nonprofit organization that provides radiation therapy equipment to countries in the developing world. Senegal, a country in West Africa, has one of the highest incidence rates of cervical cancer in the world. The team from Radiating Hope trained the staff at the Institut Joliot-Curie Cancer Center how to administer HDR brachytherapy treatment and how to develop treatment-planning approaches. Jason A. Efstathiou, MD, DPhil, et al, explain the work of the BOTSOGO (BOTSwana Oncology Global Outreach) initiative, a partnership between Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and the oncology community and government of Botswana. The authors describe BOTSOGO's efforts to improve cancer care in the country through on-site visits, tumor boards and training in various oncologic specialties.

Brandi R. Page, MD, et al, investigate whether cobalt teletherapy or megavoltage linear accelerator machines are the best solution to meet the growing need for radiation therapy treatment in the developing world, outlining the advantages of using linear accelerator machines vs. the advantages of using cobalt machines. The authors explain that cobalt machines are more viable for developing countries starting a radiation therapy program due to the decreased cost of equipment; however, the use of current techniques and procedures could have a lower treatment cost, and these should not be overlooked. In another
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