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

HUMAN RESOURCES FOR TREATING NEW CANCER CASES IN PHILIPPINES

Cancer All cancers
excl. non-melanoma
skin cancer
Breast Lung Gynecological Head and Neck Colorectal Liver Urological Hematological Stomach Brain, nervous system
New Cancer Cases 98249 18327 12074 11317 9737 8553 7734 7059 6858 2415 2017
Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
SURGERY % of patients needing surgery 50.74 100 25 56.67 44 70 5 73.75 0 33 100
Number (#) of patients needing surgery 49853 18327 3019 6413 4284 5987 387 5206 0 797 2017
Average length of stay (ALOS) for surgery 6.91 5 10 6.33 6.8 9 10 8 0 5 9
# of surgery beds/day 943.60 250.88 82.64 111.20 79.76 147.53 10.59 114.03 0.00 10.91 49.70
CHEMOTHERAPY % of patients requiring chemo 72.12 100 50 66.67 66 90 20 62.5 100 66 100
# of patients requiring chemo 70854.23 18327 6037 7545 6426 7698 1547 4412 6858 1594 2017
ALOS for chemo 3.44 3 3 3 3.4 3 3 3.5 6.5 3 3
# of chemo beds/day 667.32 150.53 49.59 61.97 59.82 63.23 12.70 42.28 122.05 13.09 16.57
RADIOTHERAPY % of patients requiring RT 56.98 100 90 40 71 25 20 41.25 32.5 50 100
# of patients 55977.37 18327 10867 4527 6913 2138 1547 2912 2229 1208 2017
# of admitted patients 13994.34 4582 2717 1132 1728 535 387 728 557 302 504
ALOS 5.00 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
# of RT beds/day 191.57 62.72 37.19 15.49 23.66 7.32 5.29 9.97 7.63 4.13 6.90
ONCOLOGY BEDS Maximum # of beds/day 1803 465 170 189 164 219 29 167 130 29 74
# of 24 bed oncology wards 76 20 8 8 7 10 2 7 6 2 4
ONCOLOGISTS Hematologist Oncologists 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0 0
Surgical Oncologists 104 39 7 14 9 13 1 11 0 2 5
Radiation/Clinical Oncologists 492 92 61 57 49 43 39 36 35 13 11
Urologic Oncologists 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0 0 0
Gynecologic Oncologist 23 0 0 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Neuro-Oncologists 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Pathologists 197 37 25 23 20 18 16 15 14 5 5
PHARMACY Onco-Pharmacists 304 80 32 32 28 40 8 28 24 8 16
Onco-Pharmacy Technicians 456 120 48 48 42 60 12 42 36 12 24
PALLIATIVE CARE Palliative Care Specialists 197 37 25 23 20 18 16 15 14 5 5
RADIATION THERAPY STAFF & EQUIPMENT Radiation Therapy Technicians 672 220 131 55 83 26 19 35 27 15 25
Medical Physicists 224 74 44 19 28 9 7 12 9 5 9
Linac Engineers 56 19 11 5 7 3 2 3 3 2 3
Radiation Oncology Nurses 224 74 44 19 28 9 7 12 9 5 9
Linacs / Co 60 Megavolt Units 112 37 22 10 14 5 4 6 5 3 5
# of Brachytherapy units 56 19 11 5 7 3 2 3 3 2 3
# CT simulators 56 19 11 5 7 3 2 3 3 2 3
# of treatment planning computers 56 19 11 5 7 3 2 3 3 2 3
# of dosimetry/QA package 56 19 11 5 7 3 2 3 3 2 3
NURSING Oncology Nursing Staff other than Radiation Oncology Nurses 1140 300 120 120 105 150 30 105 90 30 60

RESOURCES NEEDED IN CITIES BASED ON GLOBOCAN2012 AND DATA FROM CITYPOPULATION.DE2010

Quezon City Manila
Population 2761720 1652171
New Cancer Cases 2813 1683
SURGERY % of patients needing surgery 50.74 50.74
Number (#) of patients needing surgery 1427 854
Average length of stay (ALOS) for surgery 6.91 6.91
# of surgery beds/day 27.02 16.16
CHEMOTHERAPY % of patients requiring chemo 72.12 72.12
# of patients requiring chemo 2029 1214
ALOS for chemo 3.44 3.44
# of chemo beds/day 19.11 11.43
RADIOTHERAPY % of patients requiring RT 56.98 56.98
# of patients 1603 959
# of admitted patients 401 240
ALOS 5 5
# of RT beds/day 5.48 3.28
ONCOLOGY BEDS Maximum # of beds/day 52 31
# of 24 bed oncology wards 3 2
ONCOLOGISTS Hematologist Oncologists 1 1
Surgical Oncologists 3 2
Radiation/Clinical Oncologists 15 9
Urologic Oncologists 1 1
Gynecologic Oncologist 1 1
Neuro-Oncologists 1 1
Pathologists 6 4
PHARMACY Onco-Pharmacists 12 8
Onco-Pharmacy Technicians 18 12
PALLIATIVE CARE Palliative Care Specialists 6 4
RADIATION THERAPY STAFF & EQUIPMENT Radiation Therapy Technicians 20 12
Medical Physicists 7 4
Linac Engineers 2 1
Radiation Oncology Nurses 7 4
Linacs / Co 60 Megavolt Units 4 2
# of Brachytherapy units 2 1
# CT simulators 2 1
# of treatment planning computers 2 1
# of dosimetry/QA package 2 1
NURSING Oncology Nursing Staff other than Radiation Oncology Nurses 45 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