Global radiotherapy: Current status and future directions-white paper

May Abdel-Wahab, Soehartati S. Gondhowiardjo, Arthur Accioly Rosa, Yolande Lievens, Noura El-Haj, Jose Alfredo Polo Rubio, Gregorius Ben Prajogi, Herdis Helgadottir, Eduardo Zubizarreta, Ahmed Meghzifene, Varisha Ashraf, Stephen Hahn, Tim Williams, Mary Gospodarowicz

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Abstract

Recognizing the increase in cancer incidence globally and the need for effective cancer control interventions, several organizations, professional bodies, and international institutions have proposed strategies to improve treatment options and reducemortality along withminimizing overall incidence. Despite these efforts, an estimated 9.6million deaths in 2018 was attributed to this noncommunicable disease,making it the second leading cause of death worldwide. Left unchecked, this will further increase in scale, with an estimated 29.5 million new cases and 16.3million deaths occurring worldwide in 2040. Although it is known and generally accepted that cancer services must include radiotherapy, such access is still very limited in many parts of the world, especially in low- andmiddleincome countries. After thorough review of the current status of radiotherapy including programs worldwide, as well as achievements and challenges at the global level, the International Atomic Energy Agency convened an international group of experts representing various radiation oncology societies to take a closer look into the current status of radiotherapy and provide a roadmap for future directions in this field. It was concluded that the plethora of global and regional initiatives would benefit further from the existence of a central framework, including an easily accessible repository through which better coordination can be done. Supporting this framework, a practical inventory of competencies needs to be made available on a global level emphasizing the knowledge, skills, and behavior required for a safe, sustainable, and professional practice for various settings. This white paper presents the current status of global radiotherapy and future directions for the community. It forms the basis for an action plan to be developed with professional societies worldwide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)827-842
Number of pages16
JournalJCO Global Oncology
Volume7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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