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Last Updated: 01/08/14

HUMAN RESOURCES FOR TREATING NEW CANCER CASES IN ARGENTINA

Cancer All except melanoma Urological Breast Colorectal Lung Gynecological Hematological Malignancy Head & Neck Pancreas Stomach Esophagus
New Cancer Cases 104859 20826 18712 11043 10296 7587 6235 4809 4102 3619 2401
Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
SURGERY % of patients needing surgery 43.24 73.75 100.0 70 25 56.67 0 44 10 33 20
Number (#) of patients needing surgery 45342.78 15359 18712 7730 2574 4299 0 2116 410 1194 480
Average length of stay (ALOS) for surgery 6.91 8 5 9 10 6.33 0 6.8 10 5 9
# of surgery beds/day 858.23 336.41 256.15 190.47 70.47 74.55 0.00 39.39 11.23 16.35 11.83
CHEMOTHERAPY % of patients requiring chemo 74.12 62.5 100 90 50 66.67 100 66 50 66 90
# of patients requiring chemo 77718.00 13016 18712 9939 5148 5058 6235 3174 2051 2389 2161
ALOS for chemo 3.64 3.5 3 3 3 3 6.5 3.4 5 3 3
# of chemo beds/day 774.52 124.73 153.69 81.63 42.28 41.54 110.96 29.55 28.08 19.62 17.75
RADIOTHERAPY % of patients requiring RT 58.98 41.25 100 25 90 40 32.5 71 50 50 90
# of patients 61840.60 8591 18712 2761 9266 3035 2026 3414 2051 1810 2161
# of admitted patients 15460.15 2148 4678 690 2317 759 507 854 513 452 540
ALOS 5.00 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
# of RT beds/day 211.64 29.40 64.04 9.45 31.71 10.39 6.93 11.69 7.02 6.19 7.40
ONCOLOGY BEDS Maximum # of beds/day 1845 491 474 282 145 127 118 81 47 43 37
# of 24 bed oncology wards 77 21 20 12 7 6 5 4 2 2 2
ONCOLOGISTS Hematologist Oncologists 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 0
Surgical Oncologists 95 32 39 17 6 9 0 5 1 3 2
Radiation/Clinical Oncologists 525 105 94 56 52 38 32 25 21 19 13
Urologic Oncologists 42 42 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gynecologic Oncologist 16 0 0 0 0 16 0 0 0 0 0
Pathologists 210 42 38 23 21 16 13 10 9 8 5
PHARMACY Onco-Pharmacists 308 84 80 48 28 24 20 16 8 8 8
Onco-Pharmacy Technicians 462 126 120 72 42 36 30 24 12 12 12
PALLIATIVE CARE Palliative Care Specialists 210 42 38 23 21 16 13 10 9 8 5
RADIATION THERAPY STAFF & EQUIPMENT Radiation Therapy Technicians 743 104 225 34 112 37 25 41 25 22 26
Medical Physicists 248 35 75 12 38 13 9 14 9 8 9
Linac Engineers 62 9 19 3 10 4 3 4 3 2 3
Radiation Oncology Nurses 248 35 75 12 38 13 9 14 9 8 9
Linacs / Co 60 Megavolt Units 124 18 38 6 19 7 5 7 5 4 5
# of Brachytherapy units 62 9 19 3 10 4 3 4 3 2 3
# CT simulators 62 9 19 3 10 4 3 4 3 2 3
# of treatment planning computers 62 9 19 3 10 4 3 4 3 2 3
# of dosimetry/QA package 62 9 19 3 10 4 3 4 3 2 3
NURSING Oncology Nursing Staff other than Radiation Oncology Nurses 1155 315 300 180 105 90 75 60 30 30 30

CANCER INCIDENCE IN CITIES BASED on GLOBOCAN 2008 AND DATA FROM CITYPOPULATION.DE 2010

Buenos Aires La Matanza
Population 2890151 1773900
New Cancer Cases 7599 4664
SURGERY % of patients needing surgery 43.24 43.24
# of patients needing surgery 3286 2017
ALOS for surgery 6.91 6.91
# of surgery beds/day 62.20 38.17
CHEMOTHERAPY % of patients requiring chemo 74.12 74.12
# of patients requiring chemo 5632 3457
ALOS for chemo 3.64 3.64
# of chemo beds/day 56.13 34.45
RADIOTHERAPY % of patients requiring RT 58.98 58.98
# of patients 4482 2751
# of admitted patients 1120 688
ALOS 5 5
# of RT beds/day 15.34 9.41
ONCOLOGY BEDS Maximum # of beds/day 134 83
# of 24 bed oncology wards 6 4
ONCOLOGISTS Hematologist Oncologists 1 1
Surgical Oncologists 7 5
Radiation/Clinical Oncologists 38 24
Urologic Oncologists 4 2
Gynecologic Oncologist 2 1
Pathologists 16 10
PHARMACY Onco-Pharmacists 24 16
Onco-Pharmacy Technicians 36 24
PALLIATIVE CARE Palliative Care Specialists 16 10
RADIATION THERAPY STAFF & EQUIPMENT Radiation Therapy Technicians 54 34
Medical Physicists 18 12
Linac Engineers 5 3
Radiation Oncology Nurses 18 12
Linacs / Co 60 Megavolt Units 9 6
# of Brachytherapy units 5 3
# CT simulators 5 3
# of treatment planning computers 5 3
# of dosimetry/QA package 5 3
NURSING Oncology Nursing Staff other than Radiation Oncology Nurses 90 60

Key to Calculations

  1. Number of beds/day = number who require surgery*ALOS/365.25
  2. Oncology beds per day = beds for surgery + beds for chemotherapy + beds for radiation therapy
  3. Number of 24 bed oncology wards = (Oncology beds per day)/24
  4. Number of Hematologist oncologists = (2/1000)*hematologic malignancy cases
  5. Number of Radiation Oncologists = (5/1000)*total number of cancer cases
  6. Number of Surgical oncologists = (number of surgeries)/480. This is based on 2 surgeries per day, 5 days a week for 48 weeks)
  7. Number of GYN-oncologists = (2/1000)*GYN cancer cases
  8. Number of Urologic Oncologists = (2/1000)* urological cancer cases
  9. Number of Neuro-Oncologists = (2/1000)* brain, nervous system cancer cases
  10. Number of pathologist = (2/1000)*total number of cancer cases
  11. Number of Pharmacists = 4* number of 24 bed oncology wards
  12. Number of Pharmacy Technicians = 6 * number of 24 bed oncology wards
  13. Number of Palliative Care Specialists = (2/1000)*total number of cancer cases
  14. Number of Medical Physicists = (4/1000) * number of patients requiring radiation therapy
  15. Number of Radiation Technicians = (12/1000) * number of patients requiring radiation therapy
  16. Number of Linac Engineers = (1/1000) * number of patients requiring radiation therapy
  17. Number of Radiation Therapy nurses = (4/1000) * number of patients requiring radiation therapy
  18. Number of Linacs = (2/1000) * number of patients requiring radiation therapy
  19. Number of Brachy therapy units/CT simulators/treatment planning computers/ dosimetry/QA package = (1/1000) * number of patients requiring radiation therapy
  20. Number of nurses = 15*number of 24 bed oncology wards (1 head nurse + 1 nurse specialist + 13 nurses for each 24 bed oncology ward).
  21. The table below lists the estimated percentage of patients requiring surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy for the different types of cancers as well as the average length of stay (ALOS) in hospital (in days) for each of these treatments.
Type of cancer % of patients requiring Surgery ALOS % of patients requiring Chemotherapy ALOS % of patients requiring Radiation therapy ALOS
Cervix uteri Gynecological 20 5 80 3 80 5
Corpus uteri Gynecological 80 5 20 3 20 5
Ovary Gynecological 70 9 100 3 20 5
Gynecological cancers 56.67 6.33 66.67 3 40 5
Larynx Head & Neck 50 9 50 3 75 5
Lip, oral cavity Head & Neck 40 9 80 3 80 5
Nasopharynx Head & Neck 0 0 100 3 100 5
Other pharynx Head & Neck 40 9 80 3 80 5
Thyroid Head & Neck 90 7 20 5 20 5
Head and Neck cancers 44 6.8 66 3.4 71 5
Hodgkin lymphoma Hematological Malignancy 0 0 100 5 40 5
Leukaemia Hematological Malignancy 0 0 100 7 20 5
Multiple myeloma Hematological Malignancy 0 0 100 7 20 5
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma Hematological Malignancy 0 0 100 7 50 5
Hematological Malignancies 0 0 100 6.5 32.5 5
Bladder Urological 100 9 50 3 50 5
Kidney Urological 75 9 50 3 20 5
Prostate Urological 20 9 50 3 65 5
Testis Urological 100 5 100 5 30 5
Urologica cancers 73.75 8 62.5 3.5 41.25 5
Brain, nervous system 100 9 100 3 100 5
Breast 100 5 100 3 100 5
Colorectal 70 9 90 3 25 5
Gallbladder 33 9 66 3 50 5
Kaposi sarcoma 0 0 70 3 50 5
Liver 5 10 20 3 20 5
Lung 25 10 50 3 90 5
Melanoma of skin 100 3 50 3 50 5
Esophagus 20 9 90 3 90 5
Pancreas 10 10 50 5 50 5
Stomach 33 5 66 3 50 5
All cancers excl. non-melanoma skin cancer average of top 10 cancers