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Radiation Oncologist

The lack of sufficiently trained staff is a critical problem for the establishment of adequate radiotherapy services in the developing world. The importance of addressing and eventually solving this problem cannot be overemphasized. Many factors contribute to this limitation, including few job positions, low salaries, lack of training programmes, difficulties in the recognition of accreditation obtained in other countries and emigration of professionals to more affluent countries. The appropriate training and subsequent retention of professionals is essential for planned radiotherapy services to be effective in dealing with this 'silent crisis' of cancer in the developing world.