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To integrate cancer control
into the world health and
development agenda

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By 2030, 70% of cancer deaths
will occur in lower and
middle income countries

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Radiation Therapy

is recognized as an essential tool
in the cure and palliation of cancer, and is
recommended in 52% of new cancer patients

Background

In 2008, cancer accounted for more than 7.6 million deaths worldwide.  By 2030, that number is projected to more than double, with 70% of deaths occurring in lower and middle income countries.

Radiation therapy is recognized as an essential tool in the cure and palliation of cancer, and is indicated in over half of new cancer patients. In LMICs, the need for radiation therapy may in fact be higher due to more advanced stage of disease at presentation.

Purpose

The Board of the UICC has approved the convening of a Global Task Force on Radiotherapy for Cancer Control (GTFRCC) to address this very challenge under their purpose – “…to unite the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity, and to integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda.”

GlobalRT: GTFRCC Young Leaders Initiative

globalRT_rgb_logoGlobalRT is a movement to turn radiotherapy into a global health priority. As an initiative of the Young Leaders Program of the Global Task Force on Radiotherapy for Cancer Control, it will provide a virtual platform for education, exchange, and action around the essential nature of radiotherapy for cancer care. We will feature patient and provider stories through visual and written images that capture the human dimension of radiotherapy. Explore our site and sign up to learn more!