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Status of Medical Oncology in Developing Countries

Developing countries oncology survey

The ESMO Developing Countries Oncology Survey published in 2006 evaluated the status of oncology in developing countries with special regards to:

  •     Recognition of oncology and medical oncology
  •     Education and training
  •     Certification and continued medical education
  •     Specialisation and sub-specialisations of oncology on a local level
  •     National guidelines on cancer

The Developing Countries Oncology Survey aims were:

  • Identifying and understanding the strengths, weaknesses, inequalities, and areas of necessary improvement in the field and practice of oncology, regarding professional training, healthcare facilities, and national programmes in developing countries
  • Gaining a better understanding of the role ESMO can take in helping countries face the challenge of reducing disparities in the quality of care available to patients
  • Establishing further evidence of the need to recognize medical oncology as an independent speciality worldwide

The survey results support ESMO’s efforts to achieve the recognition of medical oncology as an official professional qualification worldwide.

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