Hanappe M, Nicholson LT, Elmore SNC, Fehr AE, Bigirimana JB, Borg RC, Butonzi J, Shyirambere C, Mpanumusingo E, Benewe MO, Kanyike DM, Triedman S, Shulman LN, Rusangwa C, Park PH. International Radiotherapy Referrals From Rural Rwanda: Implementation Processes and Early Clinical Outcomes. Journal of global oncology. 2018 Oct. 1-12. PMID: 30321096 [PubMed]
Low- and middle-income countries disproportionately comprise 65% of cancer deaths. Cancer care delivery in resource-limited settings, especially low-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa, is exceedingly complex, requiring multiple modalities of diagnosis and treatment. Given the vast human, technical, and financial resources required, access to radiotherapy remains limited in sub-Saharan Africa. Through 2017, Rwanda has not had in-country radiotherapy services. The aim of this study was to describe the implementation and early outcomes of the radiotherapy referral program at the Butaro Cancer Centre of Excellence and to identify both successful pathways and barriers to care.