September 16, 2022

In 2018 the International Cancer Control Partnership in collaboration with the WHO, coordinated a global review of available national control plans (NCCPs) and non-communicable diseases plans NCD plans, which showed the importance of NCCPs in providing strategic direction to national cancer control plans and to reducing the cancer burden. Drawing on data collected for the global review a number of additional analyses to assess the strengths and limitations of NCCPs and NCD plans in relation to cancer prevention, early detection governance, health workforce, nutrition, palliative care, radiotherapy, research and tobacco control have been undertaken.

A new paper focusing on radiotherapy "Radiotherapy Prioritization in 143 National Cancer Control Plans: Correlation with Radiotherapy Machine Availability, Geography and Income Level" has jut been published and can be accessed here. The analysis showed that only 55% of NCCPs included any information regarding radiotherapy and demonstrated a strong correlation between the prioritisation of radiotherapy service planning and machine maintenance in a country’s NCCP and the availability of radiotherapy machines to meet demand.