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U.S. National Institutes of Health
Last Updated: 01/08/14

HUMAN RESOURCES FOR TREATING NEW CANCER CASES IN MOLDOVA

Cancer All cancers
excl. non-melanoma
skin cancer
Colorectal Breast Lung Gynecological Urological
New Cancer Cases 9395 1325 1083 1081 985 854
Rank 1 2 3 4 5
SURGERY % of patients needing surgery 65.08 70 100.00 25 56.67 73.75
Number (#) of patients needing surgery 6115 928 1083 270 558 630
Average length of stay (ALOS) for surgery 7.67 9 5 10 6.33 8
# of surgery beds/day 128.35 22.85 14.83 7.40 9.68 13.79
CHEMOTHERAPY % of patients requiring chemo 73.83 90 100 50 66.67 62.5
# of patients requiring chemo 6936.70 1193 1083 541 657 534
ALOS for chemo 3.10 3 3 3 3 3.5
# of chemo beds/day 58.87 9.79 8.90 4.44 5.39 5.11
RADIOTHERAPY % of patients requiring RT 59.25 25 100 90 40 41.25
# of patients 5566.54 331 1083 973 394 352
# of admitted patients 1391.63 83 271 243 99 88
ALOS 5.00 5 5 5 5 5
# of RT beds/day 19.05 1.13 3.71 3.33 1.35 1.21
ONCOLOGY BEDS Maximum # of beds/day 207 34 28 16 17 21
# of 24 bed oncology wards 9 2 2 1 1 1
ONCOLOGISTS Surgical Oncologists 13 2 3 1 2 2
Radiation/Clinical Oncologists 47 7 6 6 5 5
Urologic Oncologists 2 0 0 0 0 2
Gynecologic Oncologist 2 0 0 0 2 0
Pathologists 19 3 3 3 2 2
PHARMACY Onco-Pharmacists 36 8 8 4 4 4
Onco-Pharmacy Technicians 54 12 12 6 6 6
PALLIATIVE CARE Palliative Care Specialists 19 3 3 3 2 2
RADIATION THERAPY STAFF & EQUIPMENT Radiation Therapy Technicians 67 4 13 12 5 5
Medical Physicists 23 2 5 4 2 2
Linac Engineers 6 1 2 1 1 1
Radiation Oncology Nurses 23 2 5 4 2 2
Linacs / Co 60 Megavolt Units 12 1 3 2 1 1
# of Brachytherapy units 6 1 2 1 1 1
# CT simulators 6 1 2 1 1 1
# of treatment planning computers 6 1 2 1 1 1
# of dosimetry/QA package 6 1 2 1 1 1
NURSING Oncology Nursing Staff other than Radiation Oncology Nurses 135 30 30 15 15 15

CANCER INCIDENCE IN THE MOST POPULOUS CITY BASED on GLOBOCAN 2008 AND DATA FROM CITYPOPULATION.DE 2012

Chisinau
Population 658640
New Cancer Cases 1704
SURGERY % of patients needing surgery 65.08
Number (#) of patients needing surgery 1109
Average length of stay (ALOS) for surgery 7.67
# of surgery beds/day 23.28
CHEMOTHERAPY % of patients requiring chemo 73.83
# of patients requiring chemo 1258
ALOS for chemo 3.10
# of chemo beds/day 10.68
RADIOTHERAPY % of patients requiring RT 59.25
# of patients 1010
# of admitted patients 252
ALOS 5
# of RT beds/day 3.46
ONCOLOGY BEDS Maximum # of beds/day 38
# of 24 bed oncology wards 2
ONCOLOGISTS Surgical Oncologists 3
Radiation/Clinical Oncologists 9
Urologic Oncologists 1
Gynecologic Oncologist 1
Pathologists 4
PHARMACY Onco-Pharmacists 8
Onco-Pharmacy Technicians 12
PALLIATIVE CARE Palliative Care Specialists 4
RADIATION THERAPY STAFF & EQUIPMENT Radiation Therapy Technicians 13
Medical Physicists 5
Linac Engineers 2
Radiation Oncology Nurses 5
Linacs / Co 60 Megavolt Units 3
# of Brachytherapy units 2
# CT simulators 2
# of treatment planning computers 2
# of dosimetry/QA package 2
NURSING Oncology Nursing Staff other than Radiation Oncology Nurses 30

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