UNSW Medicine’s Mei Ling Yap, a radiation oncologist at Liverpool Hospital, is leading a major training program for radiation oncologists, therapists and physicists at Cambodia’s new National Cancer Centre, the first modern facility in the country to be dedicated to cancer care.

UNSW Medicine’s Mei Ling Yap, a radiation oncologist at Liverpool Hospital, is leading a major training program for radiation oncologists, therapists and physicists at Cambodia’s new National Cancer Centre, the first modern facility in the country to be dedicated to cancer care.

Yap, a conjoint senior lecturer and UNSW PhD candidate, is co-chair of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologist’s Asia-Pacific Radiation Oncology Special Interest Group, a team that runs exchange visits, training and education for radiation doctors and staff in low-income countries in our region.

“This is the first centre in Cambodia to use state-of-the-art radiotherapy equipment,” says Yap. “A huge challenge in low-income countries like Cambodia is that they lack the trained specialists to deliver treatment. Training programs in this field just don’t exist, so often a nurse without dedicated radiotherapy skills operates the machine. Read more…

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