A major project has been launched to improve the care of childhood cancer in developing countries, it has been announced.
In many low and middle-income countries survival from childhood cancer is 20% - compared with 80% in high-income countries.
Now a new project has begun which aims to establish nuclear and radiation medicine services to enable poorer countries to match the care provided by wealthier countries. The project, jointly led by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Tennessee, USA, will include increased training for professionals and support for research.
Dr Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, director of St Jude Global, said: “Radiation oncology is a critical element of childhood cancer care.
“We are committed to reducing the global gaps in access to care and to giving all children with cancer the best chances for cures, wherever they are. We look forward to adding our St Jude expertise to the technology transfer of the IAEA.”
IAEA acting director-general Cornel Feruta said: “Together, we will work to increase support to developing countries in scaling up high-quality cancer services for children.”
Source: St Jude Children's Research Hospital
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