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Last Updated: 01/16/14

HUMAN RESOURCES FOR TREATING NEW CANCER CASES IN JORDAN

Cancer All cancers
excl. non-melanoma
skin cancer
Breast Colorectal Hematological Malignancies Lung Urological
New Cancer Cases 4912 901 580 727 373 578
Rank 1 3 2 5 4
SURGERY % of patients needing surgery 53.75 100.00 70 0 25 73.75
Number (#) of patients needing surgery 2640 901 406 0 93 426
Average length of stay (ALOS) for surgery 6.40 5 9 0 10 8
# of surgery beds/day 46.26 12.33 10.00 0.00 2.55 9.34
CHEMOTHERAPY % of patients requiring chemo 80.50 100 90 100 50 62.5
# of patients requiring chemo 3954.16 901 522 727 187 361
ALOS for chemo 3.80 3 3 6.5 3 3.5
# of chemo beds/day 41.14 7.40 4.29 12.94 1.53 3.46
RADIOTHERAPY % of patients requiring RT 57.75 100 25 32.5 90 41.25
# of patients 2836.68 901 145 236 336 238
# of admitted patients 709.17 225 36 59 84 60
ALOS 5.00 5 5 5 5 5
# of RT beds/day 9.71 3.08 0.50 0.81 1.15 0.82
ONCOLOGY BEDS Maximum # of beds/day 98 23 15 14 6 14
# of 24 bed oncology wards 5 1 1 1 1 1
ONCOLOGISTS Hematologist Oncologists 2 0 0 2 0 0
Surgical Oncologists 6 2 1 0 1 1
Radiation / Clinical Oncologists 25 5 3 4 2 3
Urologic Oncologists 2 0 0 0 0 2
Pathologists 10 2 2 2 1 2
PHARMACY Onco-Pharmacists 20 4 4 4 4 4
Onco-Pharmacy Technicians 30 6 6 6 6 6
PALLIATIVE CARE Palliative Care Specialists 10 2 2 2 1 2
RADIATION THERAPY STAFF & EQUIPMENT Radiation Therapy Technicians 35 11 2 3 5 3
Medical Physicists 12 4 1 1 2 1
Linac Engineers 3 1 1 1 1 1
Radiation Oncology Nurses 12 4 1 1 2 1
Linacs / Co 60 Megavolt Units 6 2 1 1 1 1
# of Brachytherapy units 3 1 1 1 1 1
# CT simulators 3 1 1 1 1 1
# of treatment planning computers 3 1 1 1 1 1
# of dosimetry/QA package 3 1 1 1 1 1
NURSING Oncology Nursing Staff other than Radiation Oncology Nurses 75 15 15 15 15 15

CANCER INCIDENCE IN JORDAN BASED on GLOBOCAN 2008 AND DATA FROM CITYPOPULATION.DE 2011

THERE WILL BE ONE NATIONAL CANCER CENTER IN JORDAN SINCE THERE ARE LESS THAN 5000 NEW CANCER CASES

Jordan
Population 6,249,000
New Cancer Cases 5004
SURGERY % of patients needing surgery 53.75
Number (#) of patients needing surgery 2690
Average length of stay (ALOS) for surgery 6.40
# of surgery beds/day 47.13
CHEMOTHERAPY % of patients requiring chemo 80.50
# of patients requiring chemo 4028
ALOS for chemo 3.80
# of chemo beds/day 41.91
RADIOTHERAPY % of patients requiring RT 57.75
# of patients 2890
# of admitted patients 722
ALOS 5
# of RT beds/day 9.89
ONCOLOGY BEDS Maximum # of beds/day 99
# of 24 bed oncology wards 5
ONCOLOGISTS Hematologist Oncologists 3
Surgical Oncologists 7
Radiation / Clinical Oncologists 26
Urologic Oncologists 3
Pathologists 11
PHARMACY Onco-Pharmacists 20
Onco-Pharmacy Technicians 30
PALLIATIVE CARE Palliative Care Specialists 11
RADIATION THERAPY STAFF & EQUIPMENT Radiation Therapy Technicians 35
Medical Physicists 12
Linac Engineers 3
Radiation Oncology Nurses 12
Linacs / Co 60 Megavolt Units 6
# of Brachytherapy units 3
# CT simulators 3
# of treatment planning computers 3
# of dosimetry/QA package 3
NURSING Oncology Nursing Staff other than Radiation Oncology Nurses 75

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 or beds for 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 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 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 = 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
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 5 most frequently occurring cancers