Neutron radiotherapy: society comments.
|Article Type:||Letter to the editor|
De Muellenaere, Robbie
|Publication:||Name: South African Medical Journal Publisher: South African Medical Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 South African Medical Association ISSN: 0256-9574|
|Issue:||Date: May, 2012 Source Volume: 102 Source Issue: 5|
To the Editor: The radiation oncology community in South Africa can
no longer support the continuation of neutron therapy. The lack of new
phase III data to support this treatment modality and the fact that
patients numbers never really materialised resulted in very inefficient
utilisation of available resources that could have been better spent.
Progress in clinical and radiation oncology during the past 20 years
with new technologies readily available in this country resulted in even
fewer reasons to continue this programme. The logistics involved in
trying to utilise this as a national resource which would be the same if
one were to try and argue for this to be used as a resource for the
continent of Africa--would result in even less benefit to society as a
South Africa can no longer afford to fund such programmes given the many competing priorities in oncology and health in general. To do so would border on being socially irresponsible.
Chairman of the South African Society of Clinical and Radiation Oncology
Robbie De Muellenaere
Committee members: South African Society of Clinical and Radiation Oncology
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