Many patients are failing to benefit from optimal treatment, and these gaps are exacerbated by shortages of high-quality equipment, a COCIR investigation found.
The first edition of the "COCIR Radiotherapy Age Profile & Density" report arose from a 2018 COCIR initiative proposing specific recommendations -- "Golden Rules" -- designed to evaluate the radiotherapy installed base and assist with procurement planning. The recommendations balance innovation as well as cost.
"Procurement of radiotherapy equipment is a long-term investment; it should be part of an overall national cancer plan, encompassing improved diagnosis, screening, and other services," COCIR Secretary General Nicole Denjoy said in a statement.
"In addition, the equipment forms only part of a holistic solution, one that also needs to encompass effective modern infrastructure and human capacity development with appropriate skills and education, as well as sustainability," she added.
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