Radiation Therapy for Cervix Carcinoma: The benefits and constraints in sub-Saharan Africa

  • Hannah Simonds Board member for Radiation Oncology, University of Stellenbosch
Keywords: Cervix, cancer, resources, radiation, radiotherapy, Africa

Abstract

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.

Author Biography

Hannah Simonds, Board member for Radiation Oncology, University of Stellenbosch

Senior Specialist

Radiation Oncology

MB ChB (UCT) MRCP (UK) FRCR (UK)

Division of Radiation Oncology

Tygerberg Hospital

Published
2009-11-05
Section
Opinion