Read the recent journal article “Changing the global radiation therapy paradigm”, written by ICEC Chief Scientific Program Director, David A. Pistenmaa and others, published in Radiotherapy and Oncology. Filling the gap in cancer care in underserved regions worldwide requires global collaboration and concerted effort to share creative ideas, pool talents and develop sustainable support from governments, industry, academia and non-governmental organizations. Comprehensive cancer care, which fits within and strengthens the broader healthcare system, ranges from prevention to screening, to curative treatment, to palliative care and to long-term follow-up. Radiation therapy is an essential component for curative and palliative cancer care and can serve as a stable focal point physically and for personnel around which regional cancer and health care programs can be established. Read the article…
The International Cancer Expert Corps, in a cooperative effort with CERN and the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council STFC, is undertaking an initiative to develop innovative, robust and affordable medical linear accelerators for use in low- to middle-income countries. The article, “Bridging the Gap”, January 15, 2018, CERN COURIER, outlines the history of this project including the recent participation of representatives from Official Development Assistance (ODA) countries in an effort to ensure their particular needs regarding power systems, safety, operability and maintenance are addressed. Read the article…
Participating individuals from ICEC, CERN and STFC, along with experts in accelerator design, medical physics and oncology, convened in late March, in Manchester, England near the STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory to review the program status and plan for the next phase of development. Watch this space for updates.
Kaiser Family Foundation takes stock of the U.S. global health response after the first year of the Trump Presidency and looks ahead to the global health policy issues that are likely to have our attention. One interesting fact garnered from a recent KFF poll, is that about a half of the public still wants the U.S to play a major or leading roll in improving health in developing countries. Issue-Brief-A-Check-Up-on-US-Global-Health-Policy-After-One-Year-of-the-Trump-Administration
Today, World Politics Review, published the article, “How Better Cancer Treatment Can Also Mean Better Nuclear Security” authored by Dr. C. Norm Coleman, Miles Pomper and Dr. Silvia Formenti. The article was written in response to the Washington Post article, “How ISIS nearly stumbled on the ingredients for a ‘dirty bomb’” which discussed the dilemma related to the risk of terrorists developing dirty bombs from materials used for cancer treatment in developing countries. These countries need better technology and treatment environments, not only to support a transition away from cobalt-60 machines but to improve cancer treatment overall.
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The July 2017 issue of the “ICEC Essential News Letter” provides a detailed overview of our current activities. These include the efforts of our Early Career Leaders expanding twinning partnerships; ICEC’s endeavors to develop and make more accessible, first-rate radiation treatment systems capable of functioning in challenging environments and developing countries; and implementing the ICEC 5-Step Progression Plan. The 5-Step Progression Plan is a program supported by the ICEC mentoring network that provides a capacity building strategy to facilitate the creation of a sustainable platform for the sharing of best practices and learnings from each other through information and technology transfer. This model program provides plans, metrics, assessment of progress and deliverables all of which are now essential to validate investment of resources and for success with grants, foundations, and supporters. The ultimate aim is for the ICEC Centers and Associates to progress to become regional and global leaders in oncology care.
Too often, we hear that addressing the global need for cancer care is far too difficult and it simply cannot be done. Here at the International Cancer Export Corps, we believe global health is an obligatory part of the future and that it can be done. Read more about how we plan to transform global cancer care here!
For this first time in history, we now have the data to predict the demand for radiotherapy. Now is the time to take action and make radiotherapy accessible for everyone across the globe.