An Entire course of curative radiotherapy cost $300.00, hear their stories. . . .Currently there is one Radiation Oncology Center in Senegal West Africa, the Institut Curie de L’Hopital Aristide Le Dantec (IC), located in the city of Dakar. This one machine not only serves the 13 million people living in Senegal, but 25 % of the patients the IC come from neighboring countries. Right now, Cancer is the leading cause of death in Africa, killing more people than AIDS/HIV, Malaria and Tuberculosis combined!
Radiating Hope has committed to update the Cancer Center in Senegal. Our volunteers have made several site visits and this last December we providing them with their first ever High Dose Rate (HDR) brachytherapy machine, thanks to the help of our volunteers, Nucletron and our sponsors. This is first time they can actually treat their biggest cancer killer, cervical cancer, for a cure. Senegal is a country of over 13 million people which currently has only one radiation machine (an old outdated Cobalt-60 unit). Contrast this to the US which has one machine for every 100,000 people. This has leads to high cancer mortality rates with little hope.
This last December, 2012, a group of 8 radiation oncologists, 1 Gynecologist, 3 physicists, therapists, and volunteers headed to Senegal. The trip is part of a project called the Global Radiation Oncology Workforce (GROW), this trip was led by Dr. Arno Mundt MD, the chair of radiation oncology at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and the President-elect of the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO). Read about their experience. . . .
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