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World Cancer Day 2019 - Boosting Capacity for Cancer Care

1 February 2019, Vienna, Austria

World Cancer Day 2019

Exploring Advances in Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy is now more precise and effective than ever before – in part thanks to Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy. The International Atomic Energy Agency is working to coordinate research across the world’s top cancer centres, to find the most effective and innovative ways to use this valuable treatment – and ensure that doctors and physicists around the world have the clinical skills needed to provide it. This film focuses on liver cancer – one of the most common causes of death from cancer worldwide - so new clinical research is vital to build the evidence base needed for improved treatment options.

Cancer is one of the leading causes of mortality worldwide and in 2018 alone was responsible for an estimated 9.6 million deaths. Developing countries endure the lion’s share of this burden, resulting in a further strain on scarce healthcare resources.

The IAEA supports national governments in using nuclear science and technology to better diagnose, treat and manage this disease. As the number of cancer cases grow, it is increasingly important for countries, particularly in the developing world, to have the necessary tools and expertise to meet this challenge.

Under the title Boosting Capacity for Cancer Care, this year’s IAEA event to mark World Cancer Day will highlight the IAEA’s integrated approach to providing Member States with know-how and support for a comprehensive approach to cancer management. The latest technological advances in nuclear and radiation medicine to diagnose and treat cancer will also be explored.

The event will be opened by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano (or his respresentative) and keynote speaker Mack Roach III, Director of the Particle Therapy Research Program and Outreach of the University of California San Francisco, and will be followed by an expert panel discussion.

For access to the Vienna International Centre (VIC) and the event, please register here.

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