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Session: Affordable Cancer Care for All [Return to Session]

Affordable Cancer Care for All

C Fumiko1*, M Weil2*, M Salehpour3*, T Ige4*, M Dosanjh5*, P Halvorsen6*, T Netherton7*, (1) Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, (2) Sirius Medicine, (3) M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, (4) National Hospital, Abuja, NG, (5) CERN and University of Oxford, Cern, Geneva, CH, (6) Beth Israel - Lahey Health, Burlington, MA, (7) MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX


10:30 AM Introduction - L Court, Presenting Author
10:33 AM The Real Impact of Cost on Patients - F Chino, Presenting Author
10:50 AM Low-Cost X-Ray Treatment System - M Weil, Presenting Author
11:07 AM Focused X-Ray Beams for Low-Cost Radiotherapy - M Salehpour, Presenting Author
11:24 AM A Rethink of the Linear Accelerator for Resource-Limited Environments - T Ige, Presenting Author
               A Rethink of the Linear Accelerator for Resource-Limited Environments - M Dosanjh, Presenting Author
11:41 AM Factors Affecting Resource Utilization in Radiation Oncology - P Halvorsen, Presenting Author
11:58 AM Fully Automated Treatment Planning - T Netherton, Presenting Author
12:15 PM Q&A - L Court, Presenting Author

SU-AB-TRACK 5-0 (Sunday, 7/25/2021) 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM [Eastern Time (GMT-4)]

In the USA, cancer patients are at very high risk for bankruptcy. Outside the USA, 90% of patients in low-income countries lack access to radiotherapy. Resolving this situation requires an understanding of what patients experience, and significant, out-of-the-box efforts to reduce costs and improve the robustness and efficiency of our current clinical equipment, workflows, and software tools. What role can medical physicists take in this important drive?

In this session we will first describe how radiotherapy costs are affecting our patients, followed by descriptions of physics-led efforts in reducing costs and improving access to care for patients across the world. We will describe projects to develop new treatment devices that will provide robust and low-cost solutions worldwide, and also improvements in process and workflow that will improve efficiency, thus reducing overall costs.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand some of the challenges that patients can have in finding and receiving radiation therapy
2. Understand physics-related efforts in treatment design to improve treatment availability of radiotherapy across the world
3. Understand physics-related efforts in process efficiency to reduce costs of radiotherapy across the world

Funding Support, Disclosures, and Conflict of Interest: NCI, Varian, CPRIT, Wellcome Trust



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