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Fighting Cancer in Developing Countries, IAEA Bulletin, September 2010

Fighting Cancer in Developing Countries, IAEA Bulletin, September 2010

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IAEA Bulletin - September 2010
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INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY
IAEA BULLETIN
Facing the Challenge Partners Saving Lives • An Emerging Epidemic
Fighting Cancerin Developing Countries
September 2010|52-1|www.iaea.org/bulletin
 
The International Atomic Energy Agency serves as theworld’s foremost intergovernmental forum for scientificand technical cooperation in the peaceful use of nucleartechnology. Established as an autonomous organization underthe United Nations in 1957, the IAEA carries out programmesto maximize the useful contribution of nuclear technology tosociety while verifying its peaceful use.The Agency helps IAEA Member States pursue their social andeconomic goals by supporting the responsible planning anduse of nuclear science and technology, including generatingelectricity. The IAEA facilitates the sustainable transferof the knowledge and technology needed by developingMember States to utilize these technologies peacefully. Bydeveloping nuclear safety standards, the Agency promotesthe achievement and maintenance of high levels of safetyin nuclear energy applications, as well as protecting humanhealth and the environment against ionizing radiation. TheAgency also verifies through its inspection system that Statescomply with their commitments under the Non-ProliferationTreaty and other non-proliferation agreements to use nuclearmaterial and facilities only for peaceful purposes.The work is multi-faceted and engages a wide variety of partners at the national, regional and international levels. IAEAprogrammes and budgets are set through decisions of itspolicymaking bodies — the 35-member Board of Governorsand the General Conference of all Member States.The Agency is headquartered at the Vienna InternationalCentre. Field and liaison offices are located in Geneva, NewYork , Tokyo and Toronto. The IAEA operates scientificlaboratories in Monaco, Seibersdorf, and Vienna. In addition,the IAEA supports and provides funding to the Abdus SalamInternational Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste.Photo: Cancer patients in Nairobi, Kenya, wait in line fortreatment at the local hospital. (P. Pavlicek/IAEA)
 
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IAEA BULLETINis produced by theDivision of Public InformationInternational Atomic Energy AgencyP.O. Box 100, A-1400 Vienna, AustriaPhone: (43-1) 2600-21270Fax: (43-1) 2600-29610IAEABulletin@iaea.orgDivision of Public InformationDirector: Marc VidricaireEditor-in-Chief: Peter KaiserManaging Editor: Giovanni VerliniAssistant Editor/Design: Ritu KennIAEA BULLETIN is available online atwww.iaea.org/bulletinPast editions are archived on-line atwww.iaea.org/bulletinarchiveIAEA Bulletin is available inArabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.Extracts from the IAEA material contained in theIAEA Bulletin may be freely used elsewhere providedacknowledgement of their source is made. If theattribution indicates that the author is not an IAEAsta member, permission to republish other than forthe use of review must be sought from the author ororiginating organization.Views expressed in any signed article appearing inthe IAEA Bulletin do not necessarily represent those of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the IAEAaccepts no responsibility for them.Cover Photo: Pedestrians in Nairobi, Kenya,May 2010 (Petr Pavlicek/IAEA)IAEA Bulletin is printed in Austria.
INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY
IAEA BULLETIN
Facing the Challenge • Partners Saving Lives • Increasing Access to Radiation Therapy
Fighting Cancerin Developing Countries
September 2010|52-1|www.iaea.org/bulletin
Did You Know?
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Facts and figures on the cancer epidemic.
 Facing the Challenge
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Werner Burkart, IAEA’s Deputy Director General, Nuclear Science andApplications, discusses the IAEA’s role in improving cancer care andcontrol in the developing world.Interview by Sasha Henriques
 
Partners Saving Lives
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Ana María Cetto, IAEA’s Deputy Director General, TechnicalCooperation, explains how the IAEA helps countries develop thenecessary tools to fight cancer.Interview by Sasha Henriques
Access to Radiotherapy8
At a glance, a global overview of how many people are served by asingle radiotherapy centre in their region.
Access to Afordable Radiation TherapySaves Lives10
 The IAEA has launched a new initiative that challengesmanufacturers to provide affordable radiotherapy solutions for thedeveloping world.By Louise Potterton
An Emerging Epidemic
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A personal account of encounters with cancer patients in East Africa.By Dana Sacchetti
Source o Hope
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Set up in 2008 with the IAEA’s help, El Salvador’s only brachytherapycentre is located within the Cancer Institute “Dr. Narciso Díaz Bazán”. To date, over 1,000 women affected by cancer have receivedtreatment in the centre.By Nancy Falcon Castro/UNIDO
CONTENTS
 
IAEA Bulletin 52-1 | September 2010

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