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 Borterberg, Natia Esiashvili

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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)
JournalPediatric Blood and Cancer
StateAccepted/In press - 2020


  • global health
  • pediatric oncology
  • radiation oncology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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    Hess, C. B., Parkes, J., Janssens, G. O., Lin, C., Wong, K., Zaghloul, M. S., Marconi, D. G., Borterberg, T., & Esiashvili, N. (Accepted/In press). Global pediatric radiation therapy in resource-limited settings. Pediatric Blood and Cancer.