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Radiotherapy Inaccessible to 90% People in Low and Middle Income Nations

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on October 8, 2015 at 5:49 PM
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 Radiotherapy Inaccessible to 90% People in Low and Middle Income Nations

Radiotherapy treatment is an inseparable part of cancer care. A new study has revealed that as many as 90% of the people in low income countries lack access to radiotherapy treatment.

Study co-author Timothy Hanna from Queen's University in Kingston, Canada, said, "Radiotherapy is a crucial and inseparable part of cancer care. Globally, there is a major shortfall in access to radiotherapy. Our report found that expanding radiotherapy access in low and middle-income countries would not only save millions of lives, but also result in substantial economic benefits to nations."

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The researchers developed a method to measure the treatment benefits of guideline-based radiotherapy programs. They found that globally in 2012, with optimal radiotherapy access, more than 580,000 people would derive a survival benefit from radiotherapy. By 2035, projections suggest substantial increases, with over 950,000 people being able to derive a survival benefit from global access to radiotherapy.

The research team estimated that optimal radiotherapy access in low and middle-income countries by 2035 could save an estimated 26.9 million life years for patients who currently lack access to care.
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The report projected that improving access to radiotherapy in low and middle-income countries could be achieved by 2035 with an investment of $184 billion. The study said, "Despite this high estimated cost, the predicted net economic benefits reaped from the lives saved could reach between $278 billion and $365 billion."

The study is published in Lancet Oncology.

Source: IANS
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