Importance of Radiation Oncology
Radiotherapy is a cost effective efficient treatment mode for cancer and a valuable option in palliative care, to relieve pain and discomfort. The most commonly occurring cancers in Indigenous population (cancer of lip/mouth/pharynx, lung, oesophagus, pancreas, cervix and uterus22) respond positively to radiotherapy treatment.
Radiotherapy treatments can also be used effectively for symptom control, such as pain management. Considering the amount of late-stage disease in many Indigenous patients, radiotherapy can make a valuable contribution in the palliative setting17. It is understood, that issues around the late diagnosis need to be addressed separately, as cancer treatments have the best curative effect in early stages of cancer.