- Wednesday, 04 February 2015
As the leading provider of radiation therapy in Australia, Genesis CancerCare proudly supports the innovative 'Targeting Cancer' campaign that aims to raise the profile of radiation therapy.
The Faculty of Radiation Oncology, part of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) has formed a global alliance of radiation oncology advocacy organisations to work together to educate patients and governments about the importance of radiation therapy.
Associate Professor Sandra Turner, Chair of the Targeting Cancer campaign and a Radiation Oncologist in New South Wales, said a global approach was needed to tackle the worldwide cancer problem.
"Currently, more than half of people living with cancer reside in low and middle-income countries, but only 30% of radiation machines are located in these countries, with a shocking 3% in the lowest income nations. Even in high income countries like Australia and New Zealand, while 1 in 2 patients could benefit from the treatment, less than 1 in 3 will actually receive it."
"People diagnosed with cancer should be aware of their treatment options and have access to the best treatment, no matter where they live."
The Radiation Oncology Targeting Cancer campaign is an education campaign that aims to raise the profile of radiation therapy; it is supported by The Faculty of Radiation Oncology, part of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists.