Global pediatric radiation therapy in resource-limited settings

Clayton B. Hess, Jeannette Parkes, Geert O. Janssens, Chi Lin, Kenneth Wong, Mohamed S. Zaghloul, Daniel G. Marconi, Tom Boterberg, Natia Esiashvili

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Abstract

This report provides a summary of the global burden of childhood cancer morbidity and mortality, which disproportionately affects low- and middle-income countries as well as low- and middle-income communities within high-income countries. We review past successes and current challenges to improving clinical pediatric radiotherapy, education, and research in these regions. The Pediatric Radiation Oncology Society Taskforce in Low- and Middle-Income Countries recently outlined specific aims: (a) to increase access and quality of radiotherapy for children and adolescents afflicted with cancer; (b) to enumerate, engage, and educate a global community of providers of childhood and adolescent radiotherapy; and (c) to create evidence establishing the outcomes of setting-specific treatment standards of care when first-world standards are not achievable. This report will improve awareness of these disparities and promote attempts to correct them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere28299
JournalPediatric Blood and Cancer
Volume68
Issue numberS2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2021

Keywords

  • global health
  • pediatric oncology
  • radiation oncology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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