Dr Beda Likonda
What are the challenges in delivering radiotherapy to children with cancer?
Dr Beda Likonda works as a clinical oncologist at Bugando Medical Centre, serving a population of approximately 16 million people in Tanzania. In part one of this interview, we learnt about how Tanzania’s second radiotherapy unit was set up. In the second part, we learn about how radiotherapy services can be adapted to treat children with cancer.
How can we facilitate multi-disciplinary team working?
The multi-disciplinary team is essential in order to treat cancer. In this episode we focus on the role of radiotherapy nurses and discuss the use of the tumour board meeting in improving cancer care.
How can you or your organisation get involved?
Listen to Dr Beda Likonda call for improvements to surgical specialist training, help with database creation and expansion of the service.
How can you get in touch?
Key References for this episode:
“Our data suggest that current global policy toward pediatric cancer needs significant review and change to increase investments, balance research portfolios, and improve research that is relevant to low and middle-income countries” Analysis of Global Pediatric Research and Publications, Syrimi et al. Journal of Global Oncology, 2020
An exploration of the crucial role of nurses in cancer care worldwide. Nursing’s Potential to Address the Growing Cancer Burden in Low- and Middle-income countries, Challinor et al. Journal of Global Oncology, 2016