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Radiotherapy facilities, equipment, and staffing in Poland: 2005–2011

Marian Reinfuss, Edward Byrski, Julian Malicki
DOI: 10.1016/j.rpor.2013.01.002
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Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2013;18(3):159-172.

open access

Vol 18, No 3 (2013)
Original research articles
Published online: 2013-05-01
Submitted: 2012-11-20

Abstract

Background and purpose

To evaluate the current status of radiotherapy facilities, staffing, and equipment, treatment and patients in Poland for the years 2005–2011 following implementation of the National Cancer Programme.

Methods

A survey was sent to the radiotherapy centres in Poland to collect data on available equipment, staffing, and treatments in the years 2005–2011.

Results

In 2011, 76,000 patients were treated with radiotherapy at 32 centres vs. 63,000 patients at 23 centres in 2005. Number of patients increased by 21%. In 2011, there were 453 radiation oncologists – specialists (1 in 168 patients), 325 medical physicists (1 in 215 patients), and 883 radiotherapy technicians (1 in 86 patients) vs. 320, 188, and 652, respectively, in 2005. The number of linear accelerators increased by 60%, from 70 units in 2005 to 112 in 2011. The current linac/patient ratio in Poland is 1 linac per 678 patients. Waiting times from diagnosis to the start of treatment has decreased.

Conclusion

Compared to 2005, there are more treatment facilities, more and better equipment (linacs), and more cancer care specialists. There are still large differences between the 16 Polish provinces in terms of equipment availability and ease of access to treatment. However, radiotherapy services in Poland have improved dramatically since the year 2005.

Abstract

Background and purpose

To evaluate the current status of radiotherapy facilities, staffing, and equipment, treatment and patients in Poland for the years 2005–2011 following implementation of the National Cancer Programme.

Methods

A survey was sent to the radiotherapy centres in Poland to collect data on available equipment, staffing, and treatments in the years 2005–2011.

Results

In 2011, 76,000 patients were treated with radiotherapy at 32 centres vs. 63,000 patients at 23 centres in 2005. Number of patients increased by 21%. In 2011, there were 453 radiation oncologists – specialists (1 in 168 patients), 325 medical physicists (1 in 215 patients), and 883 radiotherapy technicians (1 in 86 patients) vs. 320, 188, and 652, respectively, in 2005. The number of linear accelerators increased by 60%, from 70 units in 2005 to 112 in 2011. The current linac/patient ratio in Poland is 1 linac per 678 patients. Waiting times from diagnosis to the start of treatment has decreased.

Conclusion

Compared to 2005, there are more treatment facilities, more and better equipment (linacs), and more cancer care specialists. There are still large differences between the 16 Polish provinces in terms of equipment availability and ease of access to treatment. However, radiotherapy services in Poland have improved dramatically since the year 2005.

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Keywords

Radiotherapy facilities; Equipment; Staffing

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Title

Radiotherapy facilities, equipment, and staffing in Poland: 2005–2011

Journal

Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy

Issue

Vol 18, No 3 (2013)

Pages

159-172

Published online

2013-05-01

DOI

10.1016/j.rpor.2013.01.002

Bibliographic record

Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2013;18(3):159-172.

Keywords

Radiotherapy facilities
Equipment
Staffing

Authors

Marian Reinfuss
Edward Byrski
Julian Malicki

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