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Apr 08, 2014
Construction of Altnagelvin Radiotherapy Unit to begin next month
A weekend cancer conference in Donegal has been told that building work on the new Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry is set to begin next month, with the unit on track for a mid 2016 opening
Apr 08, 2014
Sale pair on bright side
A pair of cancer survivors have joined campaigners determined to see pioneering surgery rolled out to Swindon patients at the Great Western Hospital.

Anne Slater, 77, and June Kennedy, 69, will hold a second-hand sale on Saturday to help towards the £75,000 needed by GWH’s charity Brighter Futures to pay for a year’s worth of trailblazing breast cancer radiotherapy treatment.
Mar 24, 2014
Plans for top cancer therapy centre in London get the go-ahead
A plan to offer the world’s most advanced form of radiotherapy to cancer patients in London has cleared a major hurdle.

UCLH hospital secured planning permission from Camden council last night for a £125 million centre on its Bloomsbury campus offering proton beam therapy.
Mar 18, 2014
How is radiotherapy kept safe?
A segment from last night's BBC 2 series Bang Goes the Theory, looks at how cancer can be treated with radiotherapy, the theory behind the treatment and a simple demonstration to show how it precisely targets the tumour while sparing healthy tissue.
Mar 03, 2014
Swindon's Great Western Hospital chosen as major breast cancer treatment centre
THE Great Western Hospital is appealing to the public to help raise vital funds to bring ground-breaking breast cancer treatment to Swindon.
Nov 21, 2013
NHS England announces hospitals chosen to take part in new initiative aimed at increasing access to radiotherapy
NHS England has announced the list of provider hospitals chosen to take part in a new £4.8 million initiative, aimed at increasing access to specialist radiotherapy services.
Sep 16, 2013
IGRT – key to world-class radiotherapy
The Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) has published a report of The Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) Clinical Support Programme in England 2012-2013. Written by the National IGRT Team, the report describes the processes, methods and outcomes of the National Cancer Action team IGRT clinical support programme. It demonstrates the progress made and highlights the significant challenges that remain.
Jul 12, 2013
Radiotherapy fund gives more UK cancer patients access to IMRT
Around 5,800 more cancer patients a year will now benefit from new, state-of-the-art forms of radiotherapy thanks to the Radiotherapy Innovation Fund1, but a long-term commitment from the government is vital for further improvements.
Apr 17, 2013
£2.8m cancer-blasting machine for Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
A new £2.8 million specialist machine to treat cancer patients has been delivered to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.
Mar 21, 2013
New cancer radiotherapy machines are unveiled
One of the country's leading centres of cancer treatment, Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood, is about to introduce two new machines which fight the disease.
Mar 19, 2013
Leeds hospital’s pioneering cancer treatment
A revolutionary technique to tackle cancer has slashed treatment times for Yorkshire patients.
Mar 14, 2013
Edinburgh University scientists working on sensors that could monitor tumour growth in cancer patients
TINY sensors which would monitor tumours in unprecedented levels of detail are being developed in a five-year project at a university.

The devices, about the size of an eyelash, would be implanted into patients' tumours, where they could "spy" on a cancerous growth's activity.
Feb 14, 2013
£25m cancer care centre plan will ease strain on Beatson
A NEW £25million radiotherapy centre will allow hundreds more cancer patients to receive vital treatment closer to home.
Jan 03, 2013
Sheffield Cancer Care help for Iraq
Physicists are learning how to rebuild radiotherapy cancer care in Iraq – by visiting Sheffield. More than 400 health staff from the country will stay in the city to learn about British healthcare and to find out how services at Weston Park Cancer Hospital are delivered.
Jan 02, 2013
New Year Honours in Radiotherapy
Jan Balyckyi, the radiotherapy services director at The Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded an OBE for services to cancer care and radiography. Mrs Balyckyi is a recognised leader in the development of radiotherapy education. Dr Keith Thomas Ison, head of medical physics, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded an OBE for leadership and development in healthcare science, medical physics, engineering and technology. Dr Ison's role involves managing the radiotherapy physics department and he is a former President of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).
Nov 21, 2012
Works starts on new Norwich cancer treatment centre
Work has started on building on a new radiotherapy cancer treatment centre at a Norwich hospital, which will increase the number of patients who can be treated by a third over the next five years.
Oct 22, 2012
Radiotherapy department at Peterborough City Hospital scoops award
A group of health professionals at Peterborough City Hospital have landed a prestigious prize for setting up a service.

Therapy radiographers at the superhospital in Bretton will be named the Society of Radiographers’ Eastern Team of the Year at a glittering ceremony at the House of Commons in November.
Oct 05, 2012
First image of new £24m cancer centre
The first image has been unveiled showing how a new radiotherapy centre for cancer patients from Kidderminster and across Worcestershire will look.
Oct 04, 2012
Leeds patient is the first to use cancer treatment
A cancer patient has become the first in the world to undergo radiation treatment in Leeds harnessing a new breakthrough in technology to target hard-to-reach cancers.
Sep 04, 2012
Sheffield hospital best in country
PATIENTS have rated Sheffield’s hospitals among the best in the country for treating cancer, according to a national report.

The city, which has one of the UK’s only specialist cancer hospitals at Weston Park, received top marks for treatment, care, patient involvement and research.
Sep 03, 2012
Doctors use new 3D radiotherapy treatment to target head and neck cancers
Doctors at Southampton’s teaching hospitals are treating head and neck cancers with a new 3D radiotherapy technique which minimises damage to surrounding healthy tissue.

The treatment, known as intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), uses computer-controlled beams to send radiation directly to a tumour or specific areas within it.
Aug 21, 2012
Taking away fear for child cancer patients
Having cancer treatment can be a worrying time for most people, and if those patients are children is it can be terrifying. But now its hoped a new product developed at St James" Hospital in Leeds will help youngsters understands the process, and take away the fear.
Aug 01, 2012
Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy Rivals Surgery for NSCLC
From the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics

Patients with potentially operable stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who undergo stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) have comparable long-term outcomes to those who opt for surgical resection, the current standard of care, a recent study has revealed.
Jul 25, 2012
New Nottingham cancer centre 'is extremely good news for patients'
A NEW cancer care centre was today being opened in Nottingham.

The Park Cancer Centre has been built in the grounds of the BMI Park Hospital, in Burntstump Country Park.

Patients will get advanced radiotherapy and chemotherapy under one roof, with fewer side effects than more conventional treatments.
Jul 17, 2012
Radiotherapy treatment coming to East Surrey Hospital, Redhill
Radiotherapy treatment is to be provided at East Surrey Hospital in Redhill thanks to a £10 million development.
Jul 06, 2012
Stereotactic body radiotherapy increases survival in elderly lung cancer patients
Widespread use of advanced radiotherapy techniques in the Netherlands has resulted in improved survival among elderly lung cancer patients, according to major new research conducted by one of the country's leading cancer centers. VU University Medical Center (VUMC) in Amsterdam, which has now treated more than a thousand patients for pulmonary tumors using stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) on treatment machines supplied by Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR), publishes its findings in the latest issue of the journal Annals of Oncology*.
Jun 29, 2012
Shropshire Cancer patients to benefit from Groundbreaking Exercise Project
An exciting new exercise project aimed specifically at cancer patients has been launched at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.
Jun 18, 2012
Design search for new cancer centre goes Europe-wide
THE design of the new £16million hi-tech cancer treatment centre for Basingstoke is to be decided in a Europe-wide competition.

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has placed an advert in the Official Journal of the EU, calling for “expressions of interest” from architects able to come up with “a building of outstanding architectural merit”.
May 18, 2012
Researchers undertake radical new cancer survivorship study
Researchers from the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group (MSRG), at the University of Southampton, have developed the first study of its kind looking at the experiences and needs of people after primary treatment of colorectal cancer.
Apr 27, 2012
Health Minister backs South Lakes radiotherapy unit campaign
THE Health Secretary has turned his personal attention to plans for a radiotherapy unit in South Lakeland – but fell short of offering financial support. Andrew Lansley said this week that he ‘completely’ understood the need for a centre at Kendal’s Westmorland General Hospital and wanted to be kept ‘continuously informed over progress’.
Apr 27, 2012
Accuray Launches First Study to Compare CyberKnife® SBRT to Surgery and IMRT for Treatment of Early-Stage Prostate Cancer
Accuray Incorporated announced today the launch of the Prostate Advances in Comparative Evidence (PACE) Study, an international, multi-center, randomized study to compare CyberKnife® Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT), da Vinci assisted and manual laparoscopic surgery and conventionally fractionated intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), for the treatment of localized prostate cancer. The PACE Study aims to build upon the strong foundation of published evidence for CyberKnife prostate SBRT by creating comparative evidence to support its future potential as the gold standard in the treatment of organ confined prostate cancer. This information will enable clinicians and patients to make informed treatment decisions based on the highest level of clinical evidence.
Apr 27, 2012
Work starts on Hereford County Hospital radiotherapy unit
Work has started on a new £7.7m radiotherapy centre at Hereford County Hospital. The new unit, funded and run by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is expected to open by summer 2013.
Apr 26, 2012
The £145m radiotherapy revolution
A £145million cancer care “centre of excellence” is to be created – bringing together the work of our three major hospitals. The hub will be built in the grounds of Guy’s Hospital, in Grate Maze Pond, London Bridge, and will allow patients to get treatment closer to home. The number of patients being given radiotherapy at Guy’s will rise from 47,000 to 80,000.
Apr 25, 2012
Kendal cancer service talks
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A campaign to bring more cancer services to Kendal's Westmorland General Hospital has been heard by the Secretary of State for Health. The South Lakes MP Tim Farron held talks yesterday with Andrew Lansley about the possible introduction of radiotherapy services.
Apr 23, 2012
Birmingham's pioneering cancer trail
A CANCER sufferer has revealed how her life was saved after taking part in a clinical trial by Birmingham medics. Wendy Powell, 49, of Weoley Castle, had a tumour the size of a lemon in her bladder, but agreed to take part in a study using chemoradiotherapy, which combines the two treatments. It proved successful, and the factory worker has been cancer-free ever since.
Apr 23, 2012
Prostate Cancer External Beam Radiation: IMRT Beats 3D, Proton Beam
The most popular form of radiation therapy for prostate cancer may also be the best, a new comparison study finds. Nearly all men with prostate cancer who opt for external beam radiation get a treatment called intensity-modulated radiation therapy or IMRT. IMRT has almost entirely replaced another type of radiation treatment called 3D conformational therapy -- even though it's much more expensive, with little head-to-head evidence showing it works better.
Apr 19, 2012
New radiation therapy reduces treatment of gynecologic cancers from 5 weeks to 3 days
About 71,500 women in the United States are diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Researchers from University Hospitals Case Medical Center have developed a more effective way to treat gynecologic cancers, shortening radiation treatment time from five weeks to three days. The method will be published in the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE).
Apr 16, 2012
Cancer centre move is now a step closer
COLCHESTER’S new £24million cancer treatment centre has moved a step closer to fruition.Hospital trust officials have submitted a planning application to Colchester Council to build the radiotherapy centre on the Colchester General Hospital site, in Turner Road.The two-storey building would replace outdated facilities at Essex County Hospital and help meet growing demand for radiotherapy from north Essex’s increasingly ageing population.
Apr 10, 2012
Development of UK Facilities for Proton Radiotherapy
The British Institute of Radiology (BIR), has welcomed the announcement from the Department of Health (DH) to move ahead with NHS provision of proton radiotherapy from centres in London and Manchester. This is a long-awaited development which will bring much benefit to selected patients. Children with cancer will especially benefit, along with adults with spinal tumours, head and neck cancers, some difficult to access abdominal tumours and certain types of brain and eye tumours. It is to the great credit of the DH team that this development is going ahead at such a financially challenging time.
Apr 10, 2012
World first as cancer radiation machine launched in Yorkshire
Doctors in Yorkshire have become the first in the world to use a revolutionary new beam-shaping device to precision target radiation treatment for cancer patients. The international first for St James’s Hospital in Leeds harnesses state-of-the-art equipment which experts hope could increase the effectiveness of radiotherapy treatment and also reduce its harmful side-effects. The Agility device has been created by cancer and neurosurgery equipment specialist Elekta which has worked closely with doctors at the St James’s Institute of Oncology to develop the technology which it is believed will improve the quality of care for many thousands of cancer patients across Europe.
Apr 09, 2012
Proton beam radiation therapy centres to be based in Manchester and London
A £250m project to build "cutting-edge" radiotherapy centres in Manchester and London by 2017 has been confirmed. The plan will see University College London Hospital (UCLH) and The Christie offer proton beam therapy, which uses a particle beam to destroy cancer cells. Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said the centres would be a "vital" addition to the UK's cancer facilities. Earlier plans to also include University Hospitals Birmingham in the project were dropped in December. Currently, NHS patients in the UK needing the therapy have to travel to Switzerland or America for treatment.
Apr 03, 2012
Elekta's New Agility MLC Solution Poised to Revolutionize Beam Shaping of Radiation Therapy Cancer Treatments
Elekta has announced it has received clearance to CE mark Agility™*, a revolutionary beam-shaping device integrated into the head of a linear accelerator (linac). Patients and clinics will benefit from the speed and reliability of this new MLC design.

"According to WHO, cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, and the incidence is expected to continue rising significantly," says Tomas Puusepp, President and CEO of Elekta. "To meet this increasing need, we have collaborated closely with leading hospitals and research institutions to develop a solution that can increase the throughput of patients while delivering outstanding precision. I'm proud to see that one of our largest projects ever is now ready to contribute to improving cancer care treatment."
Apr 03, 2012
Accuray enters master research & collaboration pact with University of Heidelberg
Accuray Incorporated, the premier radiation oncology company, has signed a multi-year master research and collaboration agreement with the University of Heidelberg, a luminary research institution located in Heidelberg, Germany that contributes to the city's top international position in therapy, research and science.

Accuray and the University of Heidelberg will collaborate on cutting-edge research in radiation oncology to advance treatment technology and provide health care professionals with the most advanced tools for treating patients.
Mar 23, 2012
Radiation therapy and happiness
Does the type of radiation used to treat cancer affect a person's quality of life years down the road? New research suggests that indeed it does.

This research, presented at the Head and Neck Cancer Symposium, supports the findings of several other studies that favor the use of Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) because it has fewer side effects.
Mar 23, 2012
Service reduces cancer patients’ travel worries
THREE hundred road trips by 120 volunteers driving 160 cancer patients some 50,000 kilometres – some achievement for a volunteer transport service which has yet to celebrate its first anniversary. Cancer Connect officially hit the road on April 6th, 2011, providing a free transport service for cancer patients from their homes in West Cork to treatment in a variety of Cork city hospitals.

The now hugely popular service this year provided 1,500 passenger journeys via two people-carriers and a fleet of driver-owned cars which drive cancer patients to radiotherapy or chemotherapy appointments in the city. Radiotherapy patients are transported to Cork and back in the people-carriers. These travel two separate routes daily – Goleen-Skibbereen-Cork or Castletownbere-Bantry-Cork.
Mar 23, 2012
Radiotherapy for DCIS still protects against recurrence after 15 years
Radiotherapy treatment (RT) after surgery for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) still has a major protective effect against recurrence more than 15 years later, according to the results of an international trial. Researchers found that the use of RT in addition to surgery could reduce the chances of a local recurrence (the cancer coming back in the same breast) by 50%. Results from the trial, which has one of the longest follow-ups of a large group of patients in the world to date, will be reported today to the 8th European Breast Cancer Conference (EBCC-8).
Mar 21, 2012
Women take part in clinical trial
WOMEN from Bury St Edmunds are taking part in a clinical trial, which is being funded by Cancer Research UK.
Mar 21, 2012
Stereotactic radiotherapy provides excellent local control for lung malignancies
Radiation oncologist Bin Teh, M.D., led the four-year study of 84 patients with primary, secondary or recurrent lung cancer. The use of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) over the course of five treatments in a two-week period resulted in 100 percent local control of all recurrent and metastatic lesions; and 92.6 percent local control of primary lung malignancies.
Mar 20, 2012
Charity director says thank you for anonymous £10k donor
The Royal Berkshire Accelerator Appeal has moved up a gear by reaching an impressive milestone less than six weeks after launching the pioneering campaign. A £10,000 gift from an anonymous donor means we are more than a quarter of the way to our £100,000 target for a fifth specialist radiotherapy machine for the Royal Berkshire Hospital's Berkshire Cancer Centre.
Mar 19, 2012
Oral cancer treatment improved when radiation added to chemo
Every type of cancer has different characteristics, and routine studies constantly attempt to find the best treatment for a given group of patients. A recent study shows evidence that combination therapy may be best for some cancer patients.

In a 10-year follow up analysis of a study looking at cancers of the head and neck, the squamous cell carcinoma high risk group was treated most effectively with a combination of radiation and chemotherapy, instead of radiation alone.
Mar 19, 2012
Experts Meet to Drive Improvements in Cancer Treatment in Europe
Today clinicians from around the world will gather at the 4th Brainlab European Radiotherapy User Meeting to share their best practice and experiences in treating difficult-to-treat cancers using advanced radiotherapy.
Mar 19, 2012
Stereotactic body radiotherapy improved initial survival rates for those with COPD
Stereotactic body radiotherapy offered better 30-day mortality rates than surgery for patients with lung cancer who had severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to study results published in the International Journal of Radiation, Oncology, Biology, Physics.
Mar 15, 2012
Head of new Altnagelvin radiotherapy unit announced
Una Cardin has been appointed to head up work on the development of the new £50 million radiotherapy unit at Altnagelvin Hospital which is to be complete by 2016. An experienced nurse and senior manager, Una was previously manager of the Chemotherapy Unit (Sperrin Unit) at Altnagelvin Hospital where she has driven significant improvements in care quality for cancer patients in the Western Trust area.
Mar 14, 2012
Survey now open for radiotherapy workforce
The National Radiotherapy Implementation Group (NRIG) is conducting a survey to explore the issues influencing the satisfaction and retention of the radiotherapy workforce.
Mar 12, 2012
Bid to improve cancer care for younger patients
A THREE-storey extension has been proposed for a Bristol hospital to house a dedicated teenage cancer unit.

The white block will be added to the front of the grey concrete Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, if city planners give the project the go-ahead.

Plans for the £15.5 million expansion of the hospital include space for a unit specifically designed for teenagers and young adults and will make room for the adult bone marrow transplant service to move out of Bristol Children's Hospital.

Larger underground bunkers for bigger, modern radiotherapy machines would also be created under the hospital's car park as part of the scheme to make way for leading new technology.
Mar 12, 2012
Poots ‘confident’ on radiotherapy
Health Minister Edwin Poots says he’s “very confident” that staff with the necessary qualifications can be attracted to work in Derry’s new radiotherapy centre. Mr. Poots made his comments in response to a query from a local MLA in the Assembly this week.
Mar 06, 2012
New funding for Hertfordshire hospital
GOVERNMENT NHS funding announced today will be used for a second MRI scanner at the Lister and a replacement radiotherapy machine at the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre. The cash injection of £6.5m will fund a second MRI scanner at the Lister hospital in Stevenage, which will be installed at a cost of £2.1m; a £3.26m replacement radiotherapy linear accelerator, with CT scanner, for the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre and £1.14m will go on upgrading the specialist endoscopy decontamination service at the Lister.
Mar 05, 2012
Radiotherapy campaigners march through Kendal
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About 2,000 people marched through the streets of a Cumbrian town to call for improved cancer services.Campaigners are demanding radiotherapy facilities at Kendal's Westmorland General Hospital.They want to stop cancer patients having to travel for treatment at hospitals outside South Lakeland.
Mar 02, 2012
Hereford County Hospital radiotherapy unit planned
A £7.7m radiotherapy unit is to be built at Hereford County Hospital. The unit, which will be designed, built and staffed by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHNHSFT) is due to open in 2013. Patients needing radiotherapy currently travel to Cheltenham General Hospital, 40 miles (64km) from Hereford.
Feb 27, 2012
NRAI radiotherapy guide
Radiotherapy guide produced by the National Radiotherapy Awareness Initiative. The guide was primarily designed for commissioners and providers but it is also useful to share with anyone who requires an overview of radiotherapy and the different types of radiotherapy techniques used in treatment.
Feb 22, 2012
Cancer patients may be missining out on radiotherapy according to MP
CANCER patients in Burnham and Highbridge may not be getting the best possible treatment, the MP representing the towns has claimed. Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt told MPs in the House of Commons how she conducted a survey of cancer centres in the UK to check up on treatments.

She said: “I have been trying to establish how much the NHS is using the latest radiotherapy techniques to help cure cancer patients in this country.
Feb 22, 2012
SURE latest radiotherapy donations
Donations for the Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment (SURE) appeal since it linked up with the County Gazette now total £268,956.
Feb 20, 2012
£28.5m for Altnagelvin
There has been widespread welcome for Finance Minister Sammy Wilson’s anouncement of a £28.5million investment at Altnagelvin Hospital. However SDLP spokesperson for health, Foyle MLA Mark H. Durkan, warned that existing health service jobs must still be protected. The £28.5m additional investment will allow for the provision of six new wards and complement the £50m investment already pledged for the new cross border radiotherapy unit.
Feb 17, 2012
SBRT provides better outcomes than surgery for cancer patients with common lung disease
Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) provides better overall survival rates than surgery for lung cancer patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a disease commonly associated with lung cancer, according to a study in the upcoming March issue of the International Journal of Radiation, Oncology, Biology, Physics, the official scientific journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).
Feb 17, 2012
Hampshire set to get new £16m cancer treatment centre
Hampshire is set to get a new multi-million-pound cancer treatment centre. The centre, which will be built by the newly-formed Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – which covers Winchester, Basingstoke and Andover – could cost up to £16m. Currently, people living in north Hampshire have to travel to Southampton or Guildford to receive radiotherapy treatment.
Feb 17, 2012
MP contests health minister's assessment of laser treatment
Wells MP Tessa Munt was disbelieving of Health Secretary Andrew Lansley's claim that one in four radiotherapy centres had machines capable of blasting tumours with high doses of radiation. She told the health czar's care minister, Paul Burstow, it was actually nearer to one in seven centres that had Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy.

Laying out her evidence in the House of Commons last week, Ms Munt revealed she had filed Freedom of Information requests with all 58 radiotherapy-equipped hospitals in the UK – with just Royal Shrewsbury failing to respond.
Feb 15, 2012
Clatterbridge Cancer Centre Liverpool in Fazakerley celebrates first anniversary
A Liverpool cancer centre today celebrated its first anniversary. Clatterbridge’s radiotherapy centre in Fazakerley has treated 1,000 patients since it opened in February 2011.
Feb 15, 2012
SCOR releases a Summary of Interventions for Acute Radiotherapy-Induced Skin Reactions in Cancer Patients
The Socity and College of Radiographers has released a new report: Summary of Interventions for Acute Radiotherapy-Induced Skin Reactions in Cancer Patients
Feb 14, 2012
SCoR UK survey of radiotherapy skin care
The Society and College of Radiographers has released a UK Survey of Radiotherapy Skin Care. The primary objective of the survey was to evaluate clinical skin care practice at radiotherapy departments across the United Kingdom.
Feb 10, 2012
ASTRO develops brain metastases guideline
The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has developed a guideline on the radiotherapeutic and surgical management for newly diagnosed brain metastases. It has been published in Practical Radiation Oncology (PRO), ASTRO's official clinical practice journal.
Feb 10, 2012
Stroke and radiotherapy plans 'will still go ahead'
Controversial plans to save the NHS millions will not derail an urgent review of stroke care or the creation of a radiotherapy unit, says a health chief. Simon Hairsnape, a senior player in Worcestershire’s emerging ‘clinical commissioning groups’ which will take over NHS budgets in 2013, raised concerns at a meeting of NHS leaders at Sixways Stadium in Worcester. However, he was given assurance from NHS Worcestershire chief executive Eamonn Kelly that neither the stroke care review or the development of the new unit would be delayed by the ‘joint service review’ of hospital services.
Feb 09, 2012
First prospective clinical trial of adaptive radiotherapy for head and neck cancer patients
Researchers led by a senior investigator at Hofstra-North Shore LIJ School of Medicine and The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have released initial findings from a first-of-a-kind clinical trial in adaptive radiotherapy (ART) for head and neck cancer. The trial, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, provides evidence that ART may benefit patients with less technical difficulty than previously believed. The findings of this trial were released online in advance of publication in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics.
Feb 09, 2012
MPs debate Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy
The transcript from a debate in the House of Commons on Wednesday evening, secured by Tessa Munt MP. The debate covers the availability of SBRT across the UK.
Health Minister Paul Burstow begins his response to the questions raised by stating "Radiotherapy is more targeted than chemotherapy and less invasive than surgery, with new, faster and more precise technologies reducing side-effects and improving outcomes for patients."

He also points out that there are many types of technology and brands that deliver SBRT.
Feb 08, 2012
Stereotactic body radiotherapy question raised in the House of Commons
Paul Burstow responds to questions about referring people from Northern Ireland for treatment in the UK by reminding the House that Cyberknide is merely a manufacturer's brand name and that there are a number of different radiotherapy treatment machines capable of delivering SBRT that offer greater functionality.
Feb 01, 2012
CoR conference leads delegates into the age of radiotherapy
Therapeutic radiographers gathered in Birmingham for the College of Radiographers’ Annual Radiotherapy Conference. Held over three days, the event explored advances in technology, service delivery and patient care, giving delegates the opportunity to network and share good practice.
Jan 30, 2012
Project to improve radiotherapy planning
A collaborative project between physicists, oncologists and computer scientists at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, launched last month, will develop improved tools for the planning of high precision radiotherapy. Accel-RT will also help overcome time constraints that currently limit the use of complex radiotherapy treatment.
Jan 27, 2012
The ‘success story’ of cancer treatment
A leading cancer researcher will explain how the last thirty years have been a success story for cancer treatment in a lecture at the University of Leicester. University of Leicester researcher Professor Paul Symonds will highlight the progress made in technology and patient care since he started in the field of oncology in his inaugural lecture on ‘Cancer: Past, Present and Future’ on January 31. He said: “At present 50 per cent of the cures of cancer can be attributed to surgery 39 per cent to radiotherapy and 11 per cent to chemotherapy. Cures due to radiotherapy are partially due to the enormous advance in imaging allowing treatment to be accurately delivered to the tumour.”
Jan 27, 2012
Newer radiation technology improves head and neck cancer patients' long-term quality of life
Patients treated with IMRT for head and neck cancer report an increasingly better quality of life post-treatment when compared to patients receiving other forms of radiation therapy, according to a study presented at the Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium, sponsored by AHNS, ASCO, ASTRO and SNM.
Jan 27, 2012
Date set for march in support of radiotherapy centre for Kendal
A MASS demonstration has been organised in a final push to bring radiotherapy services to South Lakeland. It is hoped that more than 1,000 people will take to Kendal’s streets to demand health bosses seal the deal on a unit at the town’s Westmorland General Hospital.
Jan 27, 2012
Worcestershire radiotherapy centre building to start
Work on Worcestershire's first radiotherapy therapy centre is due to begin later this year. The NHS Midlands and East SHA board approved plans for the £20m unit to be built at Worcestershire Royal Hospital. It would open in 2014.
Jan 26, 2012
Research aims to improve effectiveness of radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer
A new three year research project aimed at improving the effectiveness of radiotherapy treatment for men affected by prostate cancer is taking place at Queen’s in Belfast.
Jan 25, 2012
Official opening of radiotherapy unit at City Hospital
Peterborough City Hospital's state-of-the-art radiotherapy unit will be officially opened on Thursday 26 January 2012. The unit began treating patients in May last year and provided a new service to patients in Greater Peterborough.
Jan 05, 2012
2011: The Year of Radiotherapy
Two articles have summarised the successes achieved during the 2011 Year of Radiotherapy. The National Association of Primary Care and the Cancer research UK Science Update Blog both highlighted the aims of the year, which were to was to improve public understanding and raise awareness of radiotherapy as an important form of treatment, which receives less attention than cancer drugs, yet cures more people.
Jan 04, 2012
Future full of hope for Redcar 'miracle baby' brain tumour mum
A MUM whose baby saved her life by alerting her to a potentially deadly brain tumour is celebrating positive hospital test results. Mel became one of the first patients to undergo Tomotherapy treatment at James Cook, which targets tumours with pinpoint accuracy. She still had to undergo radiotherapy, which she was relieved to finish in September last year.
Jan 04, 2012
Cortex announces two mixed media markers for multimodality imaging
Cortex Manufacturing, Inc. announces two new FDA (510k) cleared implantable markers that are clearly visible in the commonly used image-guided localization formats.
Jan 03, 2012
Newspaper launches campaign to help cancer patients
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A weekly newspaper is spearheading a campaign to demand a radiotherapy centre in Cumbria. The Westmorland Gazette’s Shorter Journeys Longer Lives campaign aims to see a specialist unit opened at Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal to save cancer patients having to travel around 50 miles to Preston in Lancashire for treatment.
Dec 28, 2011
Let’s talk about radiotherapy technology, not brand names
New radiotherapy techniques have hit the headlines in recent weeks, both for the right and the wrong reasons. On the plus side, we were pleased to hear the Government announce last week that proton beam therapy will be introduced in England on the NHS. At the moment, patients requiring proton beam therapy have to go abroad to receive it (paid for by the NHS), although the technique is available privately in the UK. Up to 1,500 patients a year could benefit from this investment in radiotherapy technology – especially those with spinal cord tumours, sarcomas near the spine or brain, and some children’s cancers – which comes with a £150 million price tag.
Dec 05, 2011
Renovation of radiation oncology department at Addenbrooke's Hospital
The radiation oncology department at internationally renowned Addenbrooke's Hospital is upgrading its radiotherapy capabilities with Elekta therapy systems, oncology information system (OIS) and image guided workspace. The two Elekta Synergy® image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) systems replace one Siemens linear accelerator and one Varian linear accelerator that had been in service for more than 10 years at the medical centre which is run by the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Dec 05, 2011
Radiotherapy open evening at Coventry University Hospital
Friends, families and patients are being invited to the Arden Cancer Centre in Coventry for its radiotherapy open evening.

The centre cares for around 6,000 patients a year with cancer with many of these (4,600) receiving radiotherapy and is based at University Hospital in Coventry.
Nov 27, 2011
Siemens offers radiation website for general public
Siemens Healthcare has launched a new information source for patients facing an x-ray or a nuclear medicine exam. At www.medicalradiation.com, scientific journalists and experts from Siemens provide basic details about medical radiation for patients and interested members of the general public.
Nov 23, 2011
How audio recordings can help patients navigate cancer treatment
A clinical trial is researching whether records can help cancer patients make more informed choices about their treatment

"The best thing about having my appointments recorded was the ability to sit down in the aftermath and in the cold light of day listen to what had been said," says Bob Miller, who recently underwent radiotherapy after being told last year he had prostate cancer.
Nov 22, 2011
Cancer survival: Macmillan hails major improvement
The study looked at survival times and estimates for 20 cancers going back four decades.Some cancer survivors in England and Wales are living nearly six times longer than 40 years ago, figures show.
Nov 21, 2011
Sunday Times: Letter on Cyberknife
The Sunday Times has published a letter from Professor Sir Mike Richards, the National Cancer Director, in response to an earlier article. The letter states: Your article “Patients at risk as Lansley rejects cancer machine” (November 20) gives the impression that the Health Secretary is standing in the way of this treatment, which is not the case at all.
Nov 10, 2011
Cancer patients seek judicial review into radiotherapy decision
CANCER patients have mounted an uprising against Essex health bosses in a bid to bring radiotherapy services to Broomfield Hospital. A decision to centralise cancer services in Colchester and Southend will be scrutinised by a judicial review after legal action was sought by a group of patients in Mid Essex, which includes Chelmsford, Braintree and Maldon.
Nov 10, 2011
More than 1100 support our Kendal radiotherapy unit campaign
MORE than 1,100 people have signed the Westmorland Gazette petition to bring radiotherapy treatment to Kendal.
Nov 05, 2011
Radiotherapy unit plans get go-ahead
CANCER patients have been given a big boost after plans to build the county’s first radiotherapy unit were backed despite concerns about parking problems.
Nov 04, 2011
Campaigners call for improved radiotherapy services
Radiotherapy services across the country need to be improved, campaigners say.
Nov 03, 2011
Radiotherapy helps halve prostate cancer deaths: Lancet
Radiotherapy should "urgently" be added to the standard treatment for men with high risk prostate cancer, a charity has said, after a study showed it could almost halve deaths from the disease.
Oct 26, 2011
Accuray announces rapid clinical adoption of TomoDirect™ treatment delivery mode
Accuray has announced today significant momentum in global adoption of its TomoDirect treatment modality. More than 100 systems are now in use at leading cancer centers throughout the world, offering patients the option of treatment with image-guided, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IG-IMRT) for routine radiation therapy indications.
Oct 19, 2011
Petition to improve radiotherapy services
Charlotte Beardmore, professional officer for the Society of Radiographers, is fronting a YouTube clip encouraging members of the public to sign a petition to improve radiotherapy services.
Oct 19, 2011
Accuray Ranked 274th Fastest Growing Company in North America on Deloitte's 2011 Technology Fast 500™
Exceptional 319 percent revenue growth from 2006-2010 to be enhanced by TomoTherapy acquisition.

Accuray Incorporated, the premier radiation oncology company, announced today that it ranked 274th on Deloitte's Technology Fast 500™ ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. Technology Fast 500 award winners are selected based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2006 to 2010; during this period, Accuray grew 319 percent.
Oct 09, 2011
Support this vital radiotherapy
I’m urging everyone in Crawley to back Cancer Research UK’s Voice for Radiotherapy campaign. Around half of cancer patients could benefit from radiotherapy. It’s one of the cornerstones of cancer treatment and helps to cure more patients than cancer drugs. Despite this, shortages in staff and equipment mean thousands of people in England are missing out on this potentially life-saving treatment.
Oct 07, 2011
Bosses back Gwent radiotherapy plans
GWENT health bosses are backing a plan for phased investment to provide a more targeted form of radiotherapy for patients in South Wales. And the move is backed by Gwent health watchdogs, who are worried that further delays in its introduction will lead to cancer patients receiving a lesser service, or having to travel to England for treatment.
Sep 23, 2011
2011 International Conference on TomoTherapy highlights the benefits of daily image-guided IMRT
Accuray Inc, the premier radiation oncology company, today announced details of the 2011 International Conference on TomoTherapy (ICT), which took place September 16-17, 2011 hosted by the University of Heidelberg, Germany's oldest University and world famous research center for cancer and microbiology. University of Heidelberg was the first institution in Germany to adopt the TomoTherapy® System for daily image-guided, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (DIG-IMRT) with its installation in 2006. The university started treating patients on their second TomoTherapy System in January 2011.
Sep 12, 2011
Travel trial for cancer sufferers
A shocking north-south divide has been exposed by new research into cancer rates and patient treatment. Despite the killer disease being more prevalent in the north of England, most of the country’s 50 radiotherapy treatment centres are in the south. A postcode lottery means critically ill people are travelling for two hours a day for life-saving treatment because there is no radiotherapy centre nearby. Tim Cooper, associate director of the National Cancer Action Team, said it wanted to see no patient facing a journey time of more than 45 minutes for treatment. He said decades of under-investment in radiotherapy treatment was being addressed and the team was working to fill gaps in provision where travel times were proving a problem.
Sep 09, 2011
Growing Clinical Evidence the Focus of Accuray's TomoTherapy Asia User Education Symposium
Accuray Incorporated, the premier radiation oncology company, showcased new clinical research on its TomoTherapy® Radiation Therapy System at the 2011 Asia User Education Symposium, held September 2-4, 2011, in Singapore. The conference brought together close to 100 TomoTherapy System users from 34 hospitals across Asia for three days of education and insights on the growing body of evidence supporting the use of the TomoTherapy System for a wide range of clinical indications.
Sep 01, 2011
Nick Clegg hears of radiotherapy campaign
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was told of the need for a cancer unit for South Cumbria patients during a visit to South Lakeland. The Liberal Democrat party leader visited Westmorland General Hospital – the preferred site for a radiotherapy unit – which would save patients long journeys to Preston to receive treatment.
Aug 25, 2011
Accuray Incorporated to Host Investor Meeting at ASTRO 2011
Accuray Incorporated, the premier radiation oncology company, announced today that it will host an investor meeting on Monday, October 3, at the annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) in Miami Beach, Florida. The meeting is open to institutional investors and research analysts.
Aug 16, 2011
Prompt radiotherapy saves lives
To the Editor,

Lartigau et al draw attention to the promise of stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT). [1] However, other more fundamental strategies that improve radiotherapy should not be forgotten. Delays to radiotherapy allow cancers to progress and outcomes are then worse for both local control and survival. [2] The elimination of any radiotherapy waits longer than 31 days from the decision to treat was set as a government target in England, to be achieved by December 2010. [3] In the past, UK patients have been subjected to waits as long as 12-16 weeks and a national audit in 2003 showed that only 30% of patients were treated within 28 days. [4] The recent report from the Department of Health that radiotherapy waiting times in England are now less than 31 days for 97.8% of patients [5] is of great importance because prompt treatment saves lives. [2, 6]
Aug 12, 2011
Major development for Colchester cancer services
MAJOR developments at Colchester hospital worth about £37million over five years will transform services for cancer and A&E patients, health bosses have said. Further details of a plan to move radiotherapy services from Essex County Hospital to a new state-of-the-art building at Colchester General Hospital were revealed yesterday.
Aug 12, 2011
Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology consults on name change
A MERSEYSIDE hospital is consulting on whether to change its name. Chiefs at Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology are concerned the title is confusing. They want to remove the word oncology, and instead call the hospital Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. The hospital provides radiotherapy and chemotherapy services to patients in Merseyside and Cheshire.
Aug 08, 2011
Shorter radiotherapy waiting times 'saving 2,500 lives a year
Cuts to radiotherapy waiting times are saving around 2,500 lives annually in England, according to a letter published online in the British Medical Journal. Authors Dr Saif Ahmad, from Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, and Dr Neil Burnet from Cambridge University's Department of Oncology, say cutting delays in patients receiving radiotherapy can mean that tumours have less time to progress, increasing the chances of immediate improvement and long-term survival.
Aug 08, 2011
Radiotherapy map raises access questions for NHS
Cancer patients in Yorkshire, parts of the Midlands and the North of England have less access to radiotherapy than those in Kent, Mersey and Gloucestershire, new data suggests.
Aug 03, 2011
Cancer patients urged to fight for radiotherapy unit
CANCER patients in Swindon are being urged to form their own action group in a bid to bring radiotherapy to the town.

The words of advice come from Clive Blanchard, the chairman of the Broomfield Radiotherapy Action Group (BRAG) in mid-Essex, who pressed for a new unit in Chelmsford, to prevent patients making a 50-mile round trip to Colchester to receive treatment.
Aug 02, 2011
Cancer Drugs Fund is money ill-spent, say radiographers
David Cameron's flagship Cancer Drugs Fund has been attacked by radiographers who say that if just "a fraction" of its £200 million budget was spent on improving radiotherapy, "the impact would be immense".
Aug 01, 2011
Year of Radiotherapy: A lot can change in 100 years
If you could travel back in time to 1911 you would see, hear and smell a world that is vastly different from today. Horse drawn carriages dominate the roads; the streets and most homes are still lit by gas; and the only option for treating cancer involves surgeons cutting out the tumour and hoping for the best. Fortunately, the options and outlook for cancer patients have hugely improved since then.
Jul 28, 2011
Radiotherapy round-table discussion
The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust hosted a round-table discussion about radiotherapy. The panel of experts represented a very interesting mix of viewpoints and the resulting discussion was very engaging. It covered some key issues about the challenges facing radiotherapy and the role of healthcare professionals in ensuring that their patients have access to a high quality service.
Jul 26, 2011
Cancer patient in call for radiotherapy centre
Gina Musselwhite is battling breast cancer for the second time in two years – but the long trek to Oxford and back to receive radiotherapy was enough to make her consider refusing the life-saving treatment. After she was originally diagnosed with the disease back in 2009, Gina, 49, of Gorse Hill, underwent chemotherapy before having to travel to Oxford for radiotherapy every day for six weeks.
Jul 26, 2011
Plans to move Clatterbridge Centre for oncology to Royal Liverpool Hospital still being discussed
THE Royal Liverpool Hospital is still pushing through plans to move Merseyside’s cancer services from Wirral to the city, the News can reveal. The plans would see Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology (CCO) relocating to the Royal’s site on Prescot Street. Health chiefs stressed no proposals had been drawn up, but board papers seen by the News reveal regular meetings are being held about the move. The Wirral hospital is one of the largest cancer centres in the UK, carrying out radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Jul 25, 2011
Campaign for radiotherapy centre
EVERY year almost 400 cancer patients are making the exhausting 70-mile round trip from Swindon to Oxford for life-saving radiotherapy treatment. That is because there is no radiotherapy unit in Swindon. Families have called it an outrage, and this week the Adver will be highlighting their plight and the need for a radiotherapy centre in the town.
Jul 25, 2011
Cancer patients lose out as projects stall
GWENT health watchdogs fear cancer patients needing radiotherapy are losing out because of a lack of progress on two key treatment projects.
Jul 21, 2011
Addressing the challenges of motion management in radiotherapy
The ideal way to ensure accuracy during prostate treatments and spare critical structures is not just to see the motion, but also the ability to act on what is seen. For example, some radiotherapy treatment systems now offer intelligent and adaptive technology capable of tracking and correcting for prostate movement.
Jul 20, 2011
Sir Jimmy Savile’s £50,000 donation to cancer unit
Sir Jimmy Savile made a return visit to the cancer unit at St James’s Hospital, Leeds in the region today to see first hand how a £50,000 donation under the “Savile Fellowship” is being used. The £4 million unit includes two CT scanners, devoted to research and the use of radiotherapy. It is one of the largest cancer centres in Europe.
Jul 15, 2011
QE Hospital, Birmingham turns into boutique hotel
A new cancer ward reignites the question of why our hospitals have to look like hospitals. As any cancer survivor will tell you, a positive diagnosis is not a death sentence. So why do so many hospitals already feel like a morgue?
Jul 13, 2011
Ricky Tomlinson launches Clatterbridge centre for Oncology £100k appeal
Royle Family star Ricky Tomlinson launched a Wirral hospital’s campaign to help cancer patients. Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology has appealed for £100,000 to refurbish a unit for people with head and neck cancer.
Jul 11, 2011
Accuray presents promising data
Leading radiosurgery systems maker Accuray Incorporated has presented encouraging new clinical data highlighting the benefits of its CyberKnife radiosurgery system and its recently acquired TomoTherapy radiation therapy system in treating a vast continuum of lung cancer patients.
Jul 08, 2011
Cancer Research UK is petitioning the government to tackle unequal access to radiotherapy
Sign up to Cancer Research UK's Voice for Radiotherapy campaign to see a radiotherapy action plan for England.
Jul 06, 2011
Galway study on benefits of radiotherapy in prostate cancer
A Consultant Urological Surgeon at Galway University Hospitals (GUH) is aiming to improve survival rates in prostate cancer, the most common cancer among Irish men, with a new study on the optimal management strategy.
Jul 04, 2011
Advanced form of radiotherapy to be made available on NHS
An advanced form of radiotherapy, called stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), should be made available on the NHS to all suitable patients with cancer in England, according to new guidance published by the NHS National Cancer Action Team.
Jun 23, 2011
£3.6m revamp to bring cancer services closer
A £3.6M project will see the Royal Preston Hospital extended to bring cancer services closer together. Currently, cancer patients needing specialist radiotherapy are treated at the Rosemere Cancer Centre, which is a separate purpose-built building on the Royal Preston Hospital site.
Jun 16, 2011
Hospital radiotherapy department to host public open day
In celebration of the centenary of Marie Curie receiving the Nobel Prize in 1911, the Radiotherapy Department at St James’s University Hospital is holding an open day for the public as one of a number of events for the Year of Radiotherapy in 2011.
Jun 09, 2011
Expansion of radiotherapy services in Essex
The expansion of radiotherapy centres in Colchester and Southend has been approved by the board of NHS Mid Essex. Three radiotherapy machines at Essex County Hospital will be gradually replaced by five new ones at a £25 million centre to be created at Colchester General Hospital by 2016.
Jun 09, 2011
Surgery and radiotherapy, not drugs, 'will improve cancer survival'
Intense focus in the media on access to new cancer drugs belies the fact that it is likely to have little outcome on England's cancer survival rates, suggests a new review of international research.

Improving access to surgery and radiotherapy - treatments which receive far less media attention - is more likely to help to close the gap with the outcomes achieved in other countries, the thinktank reports.
Jun 03, 2011
Worcester radiotherapy plans approved
Plans have been approved to build a £20m radiotherapy centre in Worcestershire to treat cancer patients in their own county.
May 23, 2011
Altnagelvin to get satellite radiotherapy centre
The newly-appointed Northern Ireland health minister, Edwin Poots, announced that he would be going ahead with the building of the proposed radiotherapy unit at Altnagelvin hospital in Londonderry.
May 13, 2011
Peterborough radiotherapy unit opens its doors
A new radiotherapy unit has officially opened its doors to patients after years of planning and construction. The unit is the final department to start treating patients, providing the last cog in the wheel to the state-of-the-art Peterborough City Hospital.

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