Only Two Radiotherapy Machines Working in Nigeria

Following complains by cancer patients across the country in accessing treatment, there is the need to ascertain the availability and functionality of radiation machines at some designated hospitals in the
country, as the machines, used in treating sufferers, are said to be working either at half capacity or have packed up.

About half of all cancer patients receive some type of radiation therapy during the course of their treatment, whereby high-energy radiation is used to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells through X-rays, gamma rays and charged particles.

The radiation may be delivered by a machine outside the body (external-beam radiation therapy), or it may come from radioactive material placed in the body near cancer cells (internal radiation therapy, also called brachytherapy).