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Cancer Research UK is petitioning the government to tackle unequal access to radiotherapy

Posted on Jul 08, 2011

Sign up to Cancer Research UK's Voice for Radiotherapy campaign to see a radiotherapy action plan for England.

The 'Voice for Radiotherapy' campaign wants to see an action plan for England to ensure that all services have the:

  • appropriate workforce: sufficient staff in place with the right training to deliver the best services
  • best treatments: all patients to have access to the best radiotherapy treatments, regardless of where they live
  • capacity to plan for the future: radiotherapy services that can plan properly for the future
Radiotherapy is a cornerstone of cancer treatment. Around half of all patients should receive radiotherapy as part of their treatment.

Radiotherapy uses radiation, usually X-rays, to shrink tumours and kill cancer cells. Each year, it helps cure more people than anti-cancer drugs but shortages in staff and equipment in the UK mean that some patients are missing out. We have many of the building blocks to deliver world class radiotherapy but we need your help to give it the support that it needs.


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