Rescuing Spanish Radiation Therapy: The Role of Leadership and Opportunity
Lara PC (1), Rodríguez A (2), Ferrer C (3), Aristu JJ (4), Prada PJ (5), Muñoz J (6), Arenas M (7), Perez-Montero H (8)
(1) Radiation Oncology Department, Hospital Universitario de Gran Canaria Dr Negrin, Las Palmas Gran Canaria, Spain.
(2) Radiation Oncology Department, Hospital Ruber Internacional, Madrid, Spain.
(3) Radiation Oncology Department, Complejo Hospitalario de Castellón, Castellón, Spain.
(4) Radiation Oncology Department, Clínica Universitaria de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain.
(5) Radiation Oncology Department, Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla, Santander, Spain.
(6) Radiation Oncology Department, Hospital Universitario Infanta Cristina, Badajoz, Spain.
(7) Radiation Oncology Department, Hospital Universitario Sant Joan, Reus, Spain.
(8) Radiation Oncology Department, Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre, Madrid, Spain.
Radiation therapy is a major cornerstone in cancer treatment. Organ preservation in early tumors, treatment of locally advanced cancers, and the curative or palliative treatment of metastatic disease is possible thanks to the efforts of radiation oncologists in caring for their patients and to the tremendous technological advances available in recent decades.
Unfortunately, much of this good news is unknown and unnoticed by either the general population, the media, or by politicians. Furthermore, globally there is a wide variation in resources and access to radiation therapy by countries, regions, and even within cities.
CITATION Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2018 Feb 1;100(2):292-296. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2017.09.006