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Veronica

a Peruvian story of cancer, and health.
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The Misconception

RADIOTHERAPY

too

costly?

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The Challenge

RADIOTHERAPY

Innovation to

improve

access

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The Horizon

RADIOTHERAPY

Global access to

all

Cancer Care

What we do

GlobalRT is a movement to turn radiotherapy into a global health priority. As an initiative of the Young Leaders Program of the Global Task Force on Radiotherapy for Cancer Control (GTFRCC), it will provide a virtual platform for education, exchange, and action around the essential nature of radiotherapy for cancer care. We will feature the human side of radiation care through stories from cancer patients and health care providers, making the case for access to this powerful form of care therapy as a human right.

About cancer

Cancer is a global problem. Of the roughly seven million cancer deaths that occur worldwide, approximately 70% of these are in low and middle-income countries. The majority of 27 million new cancer cases and 17 million cancer deaths that will occur by 2020 will also fall on resource-limited nations. Further, the likelihood of death from a particular type of cancer differs drastically from country to country. A woman with breast cancer in a high-income country has, on average, a less than 25% chance of dying from her disease, while the same woman in a low-income country has close to 60% chance of death.

Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy is an essential component of comprehensive cancer care. More than half of all patients with cancer will require radiation as all or part of their treatment, often in combination with surgery and chemotherapy. Radiation treats cancer by destroying the genetic material in rapidly growing cancer cells. The most common type of radiation used is x-rays, also known as photons. Radiation can be produced in a variety of ways, and is delivered to patients using a radiotherapy machine. It is used to used to treat cancer, prevent recurrence, and help manage pain and other symptoms.

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Radiotherapy for Cancer Control

Often considered overly technical and specialized, radiotherapy or radiation therapy is in fact an essential, irreplaceable element of cancer treatment. Without access to radiation therapy, patients with many types of cancer cannot be cured, while others will have much reduced survival times. Radiotherapy also plays in essential role in pain control and palliation of incurable disease. Thus, radiotherapy is central part of truly equitable access to cancer treatment worldwide.

However, according to International Atomic Energy Agency, of the nearly 14,000 radiotherapy machines worldwide, only 30% are in middle-income countries, while a shocking 3% are in low-income countries. Many countries do not have a single radiotherapy machine, requiring patients to travel great distances for a chance at treatment. Beyond machines, access to trained radiation oncologists, radiation therapists, and personnel essential to the provision of radiotherapy varies widely. As 70% of cancer patients will live in low and middle-income settings by 2020, this disparity in access to machines signals a current and growing disparity in access to cancer care across the globe. A broad, multidisciplinary global health movement is needed to tackle this disparity and bring radiotherapy to the forefront of global health and global cancer care.

The Facts

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The Challenges

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The Horizon

The Horizon

Who We Are

GlobalRT is a community of young leaders who want comprehensive, equitable cancer care for all. Our aim is to energize the cancer and global health communities around advocacy for improved access to cancer therapy. Explore our site to learn how we’re raising awareness about the rising global burden of cancer and the essential nature of radiotherapy in cancer treatment.

Veronica: a Peruvian story of cancer, and health

Meet Veronica, a 34 year old mother in Peru. Veronica is receiving radiation treatment for cancer, a disease that affects people of all walks of life in countries around the world. Get to know the human side of this disease and how technology is helping Veronica fight cancer and resume life with her family.

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