oa Southern African Journal of Gynaecological Oncology - Radiation therapy for cervix carcinoma : the benefits and constraints in sub-Saharan Africa : opinion
|Article Title||Radiation therapy for cervix carcinoma : the benefits and constraints in sub-Saharan Africa : opinion|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||Southern African Journal of Gynaecological Oncology|
|Publication Date||Jan 2009|
|Pages||66 - 68|
|Keyword(s)||Africa, Cancer, Cervix, Radiation, Radiotherapy and Resources|
Cervix carcinoma is one of the most prevalent cancers in women in Africa. Primary and secondary prevention measures in place are currently not sufficient to prevent further cases. Radiotherapy is the main therapeutic option as most cases present at a locally advanced stage. Unfortunately radiotherapy resources are scarce and literature considering outcomes for radiation treatment in Africa is limited. This review will highlight the difficulties in access to treatment, examine international meta-analyses and African literature related to radiation treatment, and discusses the special considerations needed when adapting international treatment standards to the developing world.
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