A Broad Impact for Global Oncology
JAMA Oncology, August 8, 2019. Co-authors from International Cancer Expert Corps
Emphasizing the critical importance of EXPERTISE, the article, “A Broad Impact for Global Oncology” available at the bottom of this post and online at https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology/fullarticle/2747881, emphasizes the breadth of opportunities for global oncology. The critical need for mentorship is a driving force of ICEC with the creation of a career path being essential. The breadth of expertise required- noted on the ICEC website- creates an opportunity for many participants in all stages of their careers.
Figure 1 from the paper includes all that can be accomplished, requiring global partnerships, innovative thinking and built up Expertise.
The paper concludes: “The size and complexity of the problems present a grand challenge worthy of the best minds and transformational approaches, often requiring partnerships that have the potential for common projects even among countries and neighbors who have political conflicts. How could one not want to eradicate cancer and its deleterious impact? The Figure provides the components and benefits of a systems approach that supports leading-edge science and technology but, critically, pays attention to those populations historically and currently left behind in the trailing-edge turbulence of inequality. In this way, creativity, innovation, altruism, and commitment can bring rewarding results.”
The critical need for mentorship is a driving force of ICEC with the creation of a career path being essential. The breadth of expertise required- noted on the ICEC website- creates an opportunity for many participants in all stages of their careers.A Broad Impact for Global Oncology
The alarming report released by the WHO details the staggering drain that disease has on the African economy. It projects that by 2030, the loss in GDP could be almost $1.7 trillion unless ambitious goals to increase the investment in health care improvement are met. The report also highlights the large percentage (37%) that non-communicable diseases account for in this burden. The necessary shift to translate political commitments into investment is possible by implementing changes not only to treat disease but to promote good health and prevention.
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.