Cost of Providing Quality Cancer Care at the Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence in Rwanda

Claire Neal, Christian Rusangwa, Ryan Borg, Neo Tapela, Jean Claude Mugunga, Natalie Pritchett, Cyprien Shyirambere, Elisephan Ntakirutimana, Paul H. Park, Lawrence N. Shulman, Tharcisse Mpunga

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This study is one of the first to examine operating costs for implementing a cancer center in a low-income country. Having a strong commitment to cancer care, adapting clinical protocols to the local setting, shifting tasks, and creating collaborative partnerships make it possible for BCCOE to provide quality cancer care at a fraction of the cost seen in middle- and high-income countries, which has saved many lives and improved survival. Not all therapies, though, were available because of limited financial resources.