NRAI radiotherapy guide

Posted on Feb 27, 2012

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.

The 2011 cancer plan ‘Improving Outcomes: a Strategy for Cancer’ states “to improve outcomes from radiotherapy, there must be equitable access to high quality, safe, timely, protocol-driven quality-controlled services focused around patients’ needs.”

To achieve these aims, individual commissioners and commissioning organisations should be planning to make the most of radiotherapy as a cancer treatment. This can be achieved through:

• Building sufficient capacity so that all patients who require radiotherapy receive it in a timely manner.

• Access to the most appropriate radiotherapy treatments to deliver best outcomes with least toxicity and ensure efficient and effective use of resources, including intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image guided radiotherapy (IGRT) and stereotactic radiotherapy when required.

• A 3-5 year plan to account for increases in the prevalence of cancer, improved earlier diagnosis of cancer and the introduction of new radiotherapy treatments to meet increased demand for radiotherapy. This should include a plan for workforce development and the replacement of radiotherapy equipment.

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