2011: The Year of Radiotherapy

Posted on Jan 05, 2012

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.

NAPC: 2011 Year of Radiotherapy

In a two page article in the National Assocation of Primary Care, Professor Tim Maughan, Professor of Clinical Oncology, Gray Institute for Radiation Oncology and Biology, University of Oxford, & Chair of the National Radiotherapy Awareness Initiative looked back at the 2011 Year of Radiotherapy. The article covered the various types of modern radiotherapy and featured the story of a patient who received SBRT for lung cancer.

The National Clinical Director for Cancer and End of Life Care, Professor Sir Mike Richards, called on healthcare professionals, commissioners and the Department of Health to work together to raise the profile of radiotherapy and deliver a more equitable, high-quality radiotherapy service for patients.

CRUK: A look back on the Year of Radiotherapy

Heather Walker provided an overview of some of the key moments in the 2011 Year of Radiotherapy campaign, including the briefing to MPs in January, the launch of the Voice for Radiotherapy campaign, which called on the Government to ensure that all services have the appropriate workforce, the best treatments and the capacity to plan for the future; and campaign ambassadors heading to Downing Street to hand in the radiotherapy campaign petition which received more than 36,000 signatures.

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