3D Radiotherapy Improves Cancer Treatment in Tanzania

Following training from the IAEA, Tanzanian doctors can now offer more precise radiation treatmen

After the IAEA provided 3D radiotherapy training, Tanzanian doctors can now deliver better radiation treatment for cancer patients, according to a report.

“Being as accurate as possible when irradiating a tumor is essential. We now have the skills to more fully understand the extent of a tumor and ultimately plan better and more precise treatment for our patients,” said Mark Mseti, a radiation oncologist at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute in the capital Dar es Salaam, which receives technical support and equipment through the IAEA.

The country is beginning to shift from 2D, involving paper and a needle to contour in 2D, to 3D radiotherapy.

“Radiation oncologists in low and middle income countries are sometimes limited to primarily theoretical training due to economic and resource constraints that make it difficult to access often costly hands-on courses,” said Eduardo Zubizarreta, Head of the Applied Radiation Biology and Radiotherapy Section at the IAEA. “Helping doctors get the equipment they need and get expert-led, hands-on experience is essential to improve the quality of treatment.”

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