Improving Cancer Care in Guatemala

January 30, 2019

International partners from the Global Health Center and department of radiation oncology at Washington University in St Louis, the Liga Nacional Contra el Cancer/Instituto de Cancerología in Guatemala and BJC HealthCare clinical asset management team in St. Louis

The Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health is helping provide state of the art equipment and the latest in cancer treatment technology to a part of the world where patients are underserved and technology to treat the disease is severely lacking.

Members of the international partnership and doctors at Liga Nacional Contra el Cancer/Instituto de Cancerología in Guatemala discuss current antiquated technology and its impact on cancer patient treatment and recovery.

Through a grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA), the Global Health Center, in a unique collaboration between Washington University in St Louis’s radiation oncology department, the Liga Nacional Contra el Cancer/Instituto de Cancerología (LIGA/INCAN) in Guatemala and Varian Medical Systems is working to establish the first of its kind, Center of Excellence for the delivery of radiation oncology services to the underserved in Guatemala.

This Varian Halcyon radiotherapy system will be installed at Liga Nacional Contra el Cancer/Instituto de Cancerología and will enable physicians to offer thousands of Guatemalans enhanced cancer treatment.

Because it will replace severely antiquated technology, the new equipment will significantly increase the number of patients who can be treated as well as improve the overall quality of care.

Read the full story courtesy of Washington University School of Medicine.