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Radiation Protection in the Design of Radio therapy Facilities

INTRODUCTION

 BACKGROUND

The incidence of cancer throughout the world is increasing with the prolonged life expectancy that has resulted from improvements in standards ofliving. About half of all cancer patients receive radiotherapy, either as part of their primary treatment or in connection with recurrences or palliation. The IAEA has estimated that approximately 2500 teletherapy machines were in use in 1998 in developing countries and that 10 000 such machines may be needed by 2015. The preparation of this Safety Report was initiated as a result of an expected increase in the construction of radiotherapy facilities, and in response to Member States that have requested practical guidance regarding .the design and shielding of such facilities

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