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

HUMAN RESOURCES FOR TREATING NEW CANCER CASES IN CAMEROON

Cancer All cancers
excl. non-melanoma
skin cancer
Breast Gynecological Hematological Urological Head and Neck Liver Colorectal Stomach Kaposi sarcoma Lung
New Cancer Cases 13781 2625 2517 2204 1376 1107 727 420 277 222 178
Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
SURGERY % of patients needing surgery 40.74 100 56.67 0 73.75 44 5 70 33 0 25
Number (#) of patients needing surgery 5615 2625 1426 0 1015 487 36 294 91 0 45
Average length of stay (ALOS) for surgery 6.01 5 6.33 0 8 6.8 10 9 5 0 10
# of surgery beds/day 92.44 35.93 24.73 0.00 22.23 9.07 1.00 7.24 1.25 0.00 1.22
CHEMOTHERAPY % of patients requiring chemo 69.12 100 66.67 100 62.5 66 20 90 66 70 50
# of patients requiring chemo 9525.01 2625 1678 2204 860 731 145 378 183 155 89
ALOS for chemo 3.44 3 3 6.5 3.5 3.4 3 3 3 3 3
# of chemo beds/day 89.71 21.56 13.78 39.22 8.24 6.80 1.19 3.10 1.50 1.28 0.73
RADIOTHERAPY % of patients requiring RT 51.98 100 40 32.5 41.25 71 20 25 50 50 90
# of patients 7162.67 2625 1007 716 568 786 145 105 139 111 160
# of admitted patients 1790.67 656 252 179 142 196 36 26 35 28 40
ALOS 5.00 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
# of RT beds/day 24.51 8.98 3.45 2.45 1.94 2.69 0.50 0.36 0.47 0.38 0.55
ONCOLOGY BEDS Maximum # of beds/day 207 67 42 42 33 19 3 11 4 2 3
# of 24 bed oncology wards 9 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
ONCOLOGISTS Hematologist Oncologists 5 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Surgical Oncologists 12 6 3 0 3 2 1 1 1 0 1
Radiation/Clinical Oncologists 69 14 13 12 7 6 4 3 2 2 1
Urologic Oncologists 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gynecologic Oncologist 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pathologists 28 6 6 5 3 3 2 1 1 1 1
PHARMACY Onco-Pharmacists 36 12 8 8 8 4 4 4 4 4 4
Onco-Pharmacy Technicians 54 18 12 12 12 6 6 6 6 6 6
PALLIATIVE CARE Palliative Care Specialists 28 6 6 5 3 3 2 1 1 1 1
RADIATION THERAPY STAFF & EQUIPMENT Radiation Therapy Technicians 86 32 13 9 7 10 2 2 2 2 2
Medical Physicists 29 11 5 3 3 4 1 1 1 1 1
Linac Engineers 8 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Radiation Oncology Nurses 29 11 5 3 3 4 1 1 1 1 1
Linacs / Co 60 Megavolt Units 15 6 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1
# of Brachytherapy units 8 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
# CT simulators 8 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
# of treatment planning computers 8 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
# of dosimetry/QA package 8 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
NURSING Oncology Nursing Staff other than Radiation Oncology Nurses 135 45 30 30 30 15 15 15 15 15 15

RESOURCES NEEDED IN PROVINCES BASED ON GLOBOCAN2012 AND DATA FROM CITYPOPULATION.DE2012

Centre (Central) Extrême-Nord (Far North)
Population 3730800 3669600
New Cancer Cases 2512 2471
SURGERY % of patients needing surgery 40.74 40.74
Number (#) of patients needing surgery 1023 1007
Average length of stay (ALOS) for surgery 6.01 6.01
# of surgery beds/day 16.85 16.57
CHEMOTHERAPY % of patients requiring chemo 69.12 69.12
# of patients requiring chemo 1736 1708
ALOS for chemo 3.44 3.44
# of chemo beds/day 16.35 16.09
RADIOTHERAPY % of patients requiring RT 51.98 51.98
# of patients 1306 1284
# of admitted patients 326 321
ALOS 5 5
# of RT beds/day 4.47 4.40
ONCOLOGY BEDS Maximum # of beds/day 38 38
# of 24 bed oncology wards 2 2
ONCOLOGISTS Hematologist Oncologists 1 1
Surgical Oncologists 3 3
Radiation/Clinical Oncologists 13 13
Urologic Oncologists 1 1
Gynecologic Oncologist 2 2
Pathologists 6 5
PHARMACY Onco-Pharmacists 8 8
Onco-Pharmacy Technicians 12 12
PALLIATIVE CARE Palliative Care Specialists 6 5
RADIATION THERAPY STAFF & EQUIPMENT Radiation Therapy Technicians 16 16
Medical Physicists 6 6
Linac Engineers 2 2
Radiation Oncology Nurses 6 6
Linacs / Co 60 Megavolt Units 3 3
# of Brachytherapy units 2 2
# CT simulators 2 2
# of treatment planning computers 2 2
# of dosimetry/QA package 2 2
NURSING Oncology Nursing Staff other than Radiation Oncology Nurses 30 30

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