Optimisation of Radiotherapy in Low Resource Settings: Paediatric Cancer Patients

Closed for proposals

Project Type

Coordinated Research Project

Project Code

E33031

CRP

1550

Approved Date

2008/08/01

Status

4 - Closed

Start Date

2008/10/30

Expected End Date

2013/10/31

Completed Date

2014/08/06

Participating Countries

Argentina
Austria
Bangladesh
Brazil
China
Cuba
Egypt
India
Indonesia
Mongolia
Pakistan
Thailand
Turkey
United States of America
Yemen

Description

This CRP is the first global initiative by an UN organization to target paediatric malignancies treated with radiotherapy. Ten-year survival rates approach 80% for cancer children treated in high income countries, whereas children in many LMI countries do not have access to the benefits of evidence based protocols and the survival rates in such countries are around 30%. The objective is to improve the quality of radiotherapy provided for children with cancer in low and middle income countries (LMI) by improving the quality assurance requirements and supportive care guidelines to control weight loss. Participation in this CRP will include educational components and networking to strengthen knowledge transfer and applications of good quality radiotherapy with evidence based supportive care. The data collected during this study will enable to evaluate and improve practices in paediatric radiation oncology. This will help to improve the strategies and pattern of radiotherapy practice in Member States.

Objectives

To enhance MS capabilities to establish sound policies concerning radiotherapy and cancer treatment for children, and ensuring effective and efficient utilization of current and future advanced cancer radiotherapy treatment technologies

Specific objectives

To improve management of symptoms and quality of radiotherapy

To study current practices and problems in optimization of treatment protocols/procedures in radiotherapy for paediatric cancer patients.

Impact

Created awareness among oncologists, radiation oncologists and the medical community at large of the problems faced by the specific discipline of paediatric radiation oncology.

Relevance

High relevance. Children are treated with radiation therapy across the world, but in low income countries, the levels of quality and adherence to international standards is low. This CRP aims at supporting with evidence data, the needs and priorities of this discipline.

CRP Publications

Type

Peer review journal article

Year

2009

Description

Radiotherapy and Oncology 93: 368, 2009

Country/Organization

Title: Twinning partnerships through IAEA to improve radiotherapy in common paediatric cancers in low and mid-income countries.

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