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U.S. National Institutes of Health
Last Updated: 06/29/15

HUMAN RESOURCES FOR TREATING NEW CANCER CASES IN ARGENTINA

Cancer All cancers
excl. non-melanoma
skin cancer
Urological Breast Colorectal Lung Gynecological Hematological Head and Neck Pancreas Stomach Esophagus
New Cancer Cases 115162 19906 19386 13558 11244 9433 6951 5327 3988 3738 2263
Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
SURGERY % of patients needing surgery 43.24 73.75 100 70 25 56.67 0 44 10 33 20
Number (#) of patients needing surgery 49798 14681 19386 9491 2811 5345 0 2344 399 1234 453
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 942.56 321.55 265.38 233.85 76.96 92.69 0.00 43.64 10.92 16.89 11.15
CHEMOTHERAPY % of patients requiring chemo 74.12 62.5 100 90 50 66.67 100 66 50 66 90
# of patients requiring chemo 85354.62 12441 19386 12202 5622 6289 6951 3516 1994 2467 2037
ALOS for chemo 3.64 3.5 3 3 3 3 6.5 3.4 5 3 3
# of chemo beds/day 850.63 119.22 159.23 100.22 46.18 51.65 123.70 32.73 27.30 20.26 16.73
RADIOTHERAPY % of patients requiring RT 58.98 41.25 100 25 90 40 32.5 71 50 50 90
# of patients 67916.79 8211 19386 3390 10120 3773 2259 3782 1994 1869 2037
# of admitted patients 16979.20 2053 4847 847 2530 943 565 946 499 467 509
ALOS 5.00 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
# of RT beds/day 232.43 28.10 66.34 11.60 34.63 12.91 7.73 12.94 6.82 6.40 6.97
ONCOLOGY BEDS Maximum # of beds/day 2026 469 491 346 158 158 132 90 46 44 35
# of 24 bed oncology wards 85 20 21 15 7 7 6 4 2 2 2
ONCOLOGISTS Hematologist Oncologists 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 0
Surgical Oncologists 104 31 41 20 6 12 0 5 1 3 1
Radiation/Clinical Oncologists 576 100 97 68 57 48 35 27 20 19 12
Urologic Oncologists 40 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gynecologic Oncologist 19 0 0 0 0 19 0 0 0 0 0
Pathologists 231 40 39 28 23 19 14 11 8 8 5
PHARMACY Onco-Pharmacists 340 80 84 60 28 28 24 16 8 8 8
Onco-Pharmacy Technicians 510 120 126 90 42 42 36 24 12 12 12
PALLIATIVE CARE Palliative Care Specialists 231 40 39 28 23 19 14 11 8 8 5
RADIATION THERAPY STAFF & EQUIPMENT Radiation Therapy Technicians 816 99 233 41 122 46 28 46 24 23 25
Medical Physicists 272 33 78 14 41 16 10 16 8 8 9
Linac Engineers 68 9 20 4 11 4 3 4 2 2 3
Radiation Oncology Nurses 272 33 78 14 41 16 10 16 8 8 9
Linacs / Co 60 Megavolt Units 136 17 39 7 21 8 5 8 4 4 5
# of Brachytherapy units 68 9 20 4 11 4 3 4 2 2 3
# CT simulators 68 9 20 4 11 4 3 4 2 2 3
# of treatment planning computers 68 9 20 4 11 4 3 4 2 2 3
# of dosimetry/QA package 68 9 20 4 11 4 3 4 2 2 3
NURSING Oncology Nursing Staff other than Radiation Oncology Nurses 1275 300 315 225 105 105 90 60 30 30 30

RESOURCES NEEDED IN PROVINCES BASED on GLOBOCAN2012 AND DATA FROM CITYPOPULATION.DE2014

Buenos Aires Córdoba
Population 16476100 3528700
New Cancer Cases 46146 9884
SURGERY % of patients needing surgery 43.24 43.24
Number (#) of patients needing surgery 19954 4274
Average length of stay (ALOS) for surgery 6.91 6.91
# of surgery beds/day 377.69 80.90
CHEMOTHERAPY % of patients requiring chemo 74.12 74.12
# of patients requiring chemo 34202 7326
ALOS for chemo 3.64 3.64
# of chemo beds/day 340.85 73.01
RADIOTHERAPY % of patients requiring RT 58.98 58.98
# of patients 27215 5829
# of admitted patients 6804 1457
ALOS 5 5
# of RT beds/day 93.14 19.95
ONCOLOGY BEDS Maximum # of beds/day 812 174
# of 24 bed oncology wards 34 8
ONCOLOGISTS Hematologist Oncologists 6 2
Surgical Oncologists 42 9
Radiation/Clinical Oncologists 231 50
Urologic Oncologists 17 4
Gynecologic Oncologist 8 2
Pathologists 93 20
PHARMACY Onco-Pharmacists 136 32
Onco-Pharmacy Technicians 204 48
PALLIATIVE CARE Palliative Care Specialists 93 20
RADIATION THERAPY STAFF & EQUIPMENT Radiation Therapy Technicians 327 70
Medical Physicists 109 24
Linac Engineers 28 6
Radiation Oncology Nurses 109 24
Linacs / Co 60 Megavolt Units 55 12
# of Brachytherapy units 28 6
# CT simulators 28 6
# of treatment planning computers 28 6
# of dosimetry/QA package 28 6
NURSING Oncology Nursing Staff other than Radiation Oncology Nurses 510 120

KEY TO CALCULATIONS

  1. Number of beds/day = number who require surgery*ALOS/365.25
  2. Oncology beds per day = beds for surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  3. Number of 24 bed oncology wards = (Oncology beds per day)/24
  4. Number of Hematologist Oncologists = (2/1000)*hematology 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 Gynecologic Oncologists = (2/1000)*GYN cancer cases
  8. Number of Urologic Oncologists = (2/1000)* urological cancer cases
  9. Number of Neurologic Oncologists = (2/1000)* brain cancer cases
  10. Number of Pathologists = (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 = 1 head nurse + 1 nurse specialist + 13 nurses for each 24 bed oncology ward.
  21. The table below lists the estimated number 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 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 GYN cancer 20 5 80 3 80 5
Corpus uteri GYN cancer 80 5 20 3 20 5
Ovary GYN cancer 70 9 100 3 20 5
Gynecological cancers 56.67 6.33 66.67 3 40 5
Larynx Head and neck 50 9 50 3 75 5
Lip, oral cavity Head and neck 40 9 80 3 80 5
Nasopharynx Head and neck 0 0 100 3 100 5
Other pharynx Head and neck 40 9 80 3 80 5
Thyroid Head and 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
Urological 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