ICEC hosted two regional informational webinars providing details about the study. Video links to the recorded webinars will be posted soon.
- Session One: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan (Russian and English languages)
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
- Session Two: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine (Russian and English language)
Wednesday, June 1st
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Timeline: Surveys will be distributed for completion by July 31, 2022. All surveys to be returned to ARTstudy@iceccancer.org
The ART Study Summary Meeting will be held September 13-15, 2022, in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Please visit the Access to Radiotherapy Technologies Study (ART) website for more information or send an email to ARTStudy@iceccancer.org.
Resources and Surveys/Questionnaires
Questionnaires have been developed targeting the following profiles:
- Clinicians (radio-oncologists) from the region in order to obtain data from hospitals about cancer, number of treated people, number of operational machines etc. The objectives for adapted surveys are to better understand facility- and national-level plans for transitioning from Co-60 to LINAC, training and education opportunities, infrastructure challenges in LINAC operation, and any reservations/concerns about transitioning from co-60 to LINAC.
- Scientific community that could be involved in the future for RT and radiobiology research facilities, in order to provide information about the research and education in accelerated particles and related topics (fundamental research and radiation/particle therapy).
- Regulatory bodies for radiation protection including the nuclear regulators and Ministries of Health for the countries being studied to gather data for the radiotherapy equipment.The information obtained will provide a better understanding of national-level plans for transitioning from Co-60 to LINACs, needs and opportunities for training and education as well as regulatory requirements for LINAC-based RT.
Thank you in advance for participating in this important study. The surveys are provided in English and Russian languages in Excel Workbooks and Google Forms formats. Links to the surveys can be found below.
IMPORTANT: If using Google Forms, be sure to enter all of your information at one time. It is recommended that you download the form, gather all relevant data and then enter data into the online survey ensuring you “Save” at the end of entry.
All completed Excel surveys/questionnaires should be returned to: ARTstudy@iceccancer.org
We welcome questions and are able to provide support to help you complete the forms. Please email ARTstudy support at ARTstudy@iceccancer.org
Ссылки на опросы Excel – чтобы запросить опросы, отправьте электронное письмо ARTStudy@iceccancer.org
Previous related similar studies and analysis in the use of LINAC and Cobalt-60 (Co-60) based technology for RT for cancer treatment include:
- South East European Countries (the Balkan Peninsula)
“Availability of technology for managing cancer patients in the SEE region”
Dosanjh M, Ristova M et al., Availability of technology for managing cancer patients in the SEE region. Clinical and Translational Radiation Oncology 2022, Vol 34, 57-66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctro.2022.03.004
- Africa – “Surveying the Challenges to Improve Linear Accelerator-based Radiation Therapy in Africa: a Unique Collaborative Platform of All 28 African Countries Offering Such Treatment” Ige TA et al., Surveying the Challenges to Improve Linear Accelerator-based Radiation Therapy in Africa: a Unique Collaborative Platform of All 28 African Countries Offering Such Treatment, Clinical Oncology, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clon.2021.05.008