“It is hard to overstate the potential impact of oncology outreach efforts as cancer is a rapidly growing cause of death in Africa […] The efforts of Radiating Hope in Senegal is just one of the many examples of an organization taking action to advance cancer care in a developing nation.”
Although many oncology professionals are interested in international outreach, a commonly held belief is that radiation oncology cannot be part of that service due to the high cost and static nature of the equipment used to deliver radiation therapy. One of the areas in greatest need of service is the African continent. In many parts of Africa, there are fewer than 1 teletherapy unit per 10 million people.
While there is much work left to do, organizations such as Radiating Hope, individual radiation oncology departments, and international organizations are currently trying to bridge the gap between patient needs and availability of high-quality radiation therapy in Africa.