Roughly half of radiotherapy candidates in developing countries lack access: ASTRO

There’s an unmet need for radiation therapy among nearly half of eligible cancer patients in nine developing countries, according to a International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) study. The nine countries involved in the study were Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, Costa Rica, Ghana, Malaysia, Philippines, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Indonesia and Uruguay. The median actual radiotherapy utilization rate was 28 percent, which is nearly half of the optimal rate. That means that about half of the patients that require radiotherapy didn’t have access to it.