RANZCR President Dr Lance Lawler said, “Cancer affects millions of people across the world. These survey results demonstrate that making cancer services and treatment more affordable and accessible needs to be a priority.
“We know that one in two cancer patients would benefit from radiation therapy at some time during their cancer experience. However, less than one in three patients in Australia and New Zealand will actually receive radiation therapy. This is due to many factors including access barriers, particularly in regional locations and lack of knowledge about modern radiation therapy amongst patients and referrers.
“It is imperative that all patients who could benefit from it have timely access to radiation oncology services, regardless of location, ethnicity, and other social factors.”
For more information on radiation therapy visit www.targetingcancer.com.au
You can read the full survey results in the UICC’s report International Public Opinion Survey on Cancer 2020: What people feel, think and believe about cancer today.
The UICC global survey did not include responses from New Zealand.