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Distance Learning Course in Radiation Oncology for Cancer Treatment

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In cooperation with partners, the IAEA has developed a distance learning course to further assist students of radiation oncology with their studies. The course addresses a significant need, namely the shortage of well-qualified radiation oncologists for cancer treatment in the Asia and Pacific region.

The training course is an outcome of an IAEA Technical Cooperation Project implemented under the Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research, Development and Training Related to Nuclear Science and Technology (RCA). This is an intergovernmental agreement among 17 IAEA Member States in the Asia and the Pacific Region.

Description of Distance Learning Materials

The distance learning material contains eight topics and 80 training modules:

  1. Communication
  2. Critical Appraisal
  3. Functional Anatomy (Oncologically Relevant Anatomy)
  4. Molecular Biology, Pathology and Pathogenesis
  5. Patient Care (Palliative Science)
  6. Physics and Radiation Technology
  7. Radiobiology
  8. Systemic Therapy for Cancer (Chemotherapy, Endocrine Therapy, Immunomodulators)


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The project was implemented with the technical support of the IAEA Division of Human Health. The distance learning material was developed by the CCORE (Collaboration for Cancer Outcomes Research & Evaluation) of the South Western Sydney Area Health Service, under an IAEA contract awarded in consultation with national project coordinators appointed by participating RCA Member States. The coordinators also assisted in the pilot testing of the training material.

Three Member States of the RCA, three of AFRA (Regional Cooperative Agreement for the Africa Region) Member States and two of ARCAL (Regional Cooperative Agreement for the Latin America Region) participated in the pilot testing of the distance learning material.

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NOTICE: The International Atomic Energy Agency is the owner of the copyright and title to all intellectual property in this material. Permission to reproduce or translate the information contained herein may be obtained by writing to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Wagramer Strasse 5, P. O. Box 100, A-1400 Vienna, Austria.