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Global Access to Cancer Care Foundation
Left: Tonya Steiner, Executive Director Global Access to Cancer Care Foundation Middle: Luis Revilla, Mayor of the City of La Paz 
Left: Tonya Steiner, Executive Director Global Access to Cancer Care Foundation 
Middle: Luis Revilla, Mayor of the City of La Paz 
Right: Tom Ladd, Executive Director of Radiating Hope

Global Access to Cancer Care Foundation (GACCF) Announces Plans to Install First and Only Public Radiation Oncology Treatment Center in La Paz, Bolivia


GACCF and strategic partner Radiating Hope work together to build radio oncology unit at the Hospital Municipal La Portada to serve population of 2.4 million


Washington D.C., November 12, 2019 – Global Access to Cancer Care Foundation (GACCF), the leading global cancer care organization providing oncology education programs in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), announced today that along with its strategic partner, Radiating Hope, will install a state-of-the-art radiation oncology treatment center at the Hospital Municipal La Portada in Bolivia’s second largest city of La Paz by the end of next year, 2020.


Thanks in part to the donation of an entire radio oncology suite by Dr. Ed Hughes, founder of First Dayton Cancer Care in Ohio, GACCF, Radiating Hope and building partner Lazarian World Homes will assist Bolivian partners in the construction of the new cancer center. The donated equipment, worth more than $3 million, includes two linear accelerators (LINAC), a stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) device, a computed tomography (CT-Scan) device, and X-ray machines. GACCF and Radiating Hope will also ensure that the new facility will be equipped to perform high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy treatments, which is particularly useful in combating cervical cancer; one of the top four cancers in the developing world.


“Today, cancer treatment in Bolivia is virtually nonexistent,” said Tonya Steiner, executive director of the Global Access to Cancer Care Foundation. “People will go to a doctor and if given a diagnosis, they will go home and receive palliative care. There’s no treatment. The equipment we are donating and the technical education we will provide will allow Bolivian doctors and health works at the Hospital Municipal La Portada to treat cervical cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and mouth and throat cancer – all curable diseases and certainly 100 percent treatable.”


Cancer is the leading non-communicable disease in LMICs, surpassing diabetes and cardiovascular disease. There are more deaths from cancer worldwide than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined, due in large part to lack of early detection and access to treatment.


Working in partnership with regional and international partners, GACCF is building a sustainable cancer education and treatment system to treat patients in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) in South America, Africa, South and East Asia. Focusing on early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, GACCF and Radiating Hope are working to reduce cancer mortality rates throughout the countries it serves.


“We tend to think of cancer as an American problem, but when you look at the statistics you will  find that the majority of cancer cases – 57 percent – now occur in low-and middle-income countries,” said Tom Ladd, executive director of Radiating Hope. “It’s not just AIDS, and malaria that are causing deaths in developed countries. It is cancer that is taking a major toll on people worldwide and we have to start thinking and acting globally to prevent and treat this terrible disease.”


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About Global Access to Cancer Care Foundation:

The Global Access to Cancer Care Foundation (GACCF) offers training, technology, access, and hope; specifically for low and middle-income countries (LMICs) in South America, Africa, South and East Asia. The Foundation’s cancer care professionals help to implement and oversee training courses and workshops in collaboration with local partners such as universities, hospitals or governmental institutions that enhance cancer treatment through radiotherapy treatment. These regional programs aim to overcome the lack of trained professionals who treat cancer patients in the near term. By empowering local faculty to deliver training, the GACCF education programs encourage self-reliance and sustainability. To support the success of these programs, the GACCF provides project management, financial support, and professional teams from within and outside the region. For more information visit:


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