There is little equity of care for cancer patients in South Africa, the first obvious sign being the absence of treatment centres for each of the nine provinces. The map below shows the actual and recommended numbers of radiation oncology facilities (external beam radiotherapy machines) in the various provinces as at March 2017. This lack of proximate affordable, effective and quality cancer services, which enables early diagnosis, appropriate treatment and care, means patients in lower-resourced areas will often suffer and die unnecessarily.
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