The Unique Issues With Brachytherapy in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Gynecologic carcinomas, including cervical cancer, present a significant burden on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Brachytherapy plays an integral role in the treatment of gynecologic carcinomas, as it is essential for both curative and palliative treatment. However, there are numerous geographic and economic barriers to providing brachytherapy to cancer patients in LMICs. This article examines the role and delivery of brachytherapy in gynecological cancer treatment; brachytherapy capacity in LMICs, including infrastructure, equipment, and human resources considerations; commissioning, training, and clinical implementation of brachytherapy in LMICs; other challenges, and strategies for improvement in brachytherapy delivery in LMICs, including innovation and current and upcoming international initiatives.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Grover, S; Longo, J; Einck, J; Puri, P; Brown, D; Chino, J; Mahantshetty, U; Yashar, C; Erickson, B

Published Date

  • April 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 27 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 136 - 142

PubMed ID

  • 28325239

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6661890

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-9461

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.semradonc.2016.11.005


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States