ecancer: Radiotherapy waiting times in LMICs

8 September, 2020

A new study from Nigeria demonstrates that radiotherapy waiting times in lower and middle income countries (LMICs) are causing significant delays in treatment for cancer patients. The authors assessed the pattern of nuclear medicine imaging services at the first nuclear medicine centre in Nigeria from January 2010 to December 2018 and found that urgent steps must be taken to address the problems of infrastructure, insufficient trained professionals and out-of-pocket payments. 80% of the world’s cancer burden is in LMICs but only 5% of the world’s radiotherapy resources are in LMICs. Therefore, about 90% cancer patients who need radiotherapy have no access to it and those who have access have to wait a long time to receive treatment.

The article can be read open access here: https://ecancer.org/en/journal/article/1097-radiotherapy-waiting-time-in...

HIFA profile: Katie Foxall is Head of Publishing at eCancer, Bristol, UK. katie AT ecancer.org