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Where this radiotherapy information comes from

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This page tells you about the major sources of information that we use to put together this section.


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All our information is checked by cancer specialists. The names of our specialist reviewers are at the end of this list. We also try to find patients to review all our sections. If you have had radiotherapy, live in the UK, and would like to become a patient reviewer, you can write to us by clicking on contact us.


UK guidelines

National Radiotherapy Implementation Group Report – Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) guidance for implementation and use. NHS National Cancer Action Team. August 2012.

The oral management of oncology patients requiring radiotherapy, chemotherapy and / or bone marrow transplantation – clinical guidelines. The Royal College of Surgeons of England and The British Society for Disability and Oral Health, updated 2012.

Good practice guide for paediatric radiotherapy
Royal College of Radiologists, in conjunction with Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group and Society and College of Radiographers, December 2012
Link to guidelines

Summary of Interventions for Acute Radiotherapy-Induced Skin Reactions in Cancer Patients: A Clinical Guideline recommended for use by The Society and College of Radiographers. Rachel Harris. Society of Radiographers Journal, 2011. 

ESPEN (European Society Parenteral Nutrition and Metabolism) Guidelines on Parenteral Nutrition: Non-surgical oncology. F. Bozzetti and others. Clinical nutrition, 2009.
Link to the guidelines

The timely delivery of radical radiotherapy: standards and guidelines for the management of unscheduled treatment interruptions, 3rd edition. Royal College of Radiologists, 2008.
Link to the guidelines

Radiotherapy: developing a world class service for England. Report to Ministers from National Radiotherapy Advisory Group, 2007
Link to the report

Radiotherapy Dose-Fractionation. Royal College of Radiologists, 2006.
Link to the guidelines

National Institute of Clinical Excellence Guidelines

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network



De Vita, Hellman, and Rosenberg's Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology (9th edition)
De Vita, V.T., Lawrence, T.S. and Rosenberg S.A.
Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2011

Radiotherapy in practice - Brachytherapy (2nd edition)
P Hoskin, C Coyle
Oxford University Press, 2011



National Cancer Action Team – the site has now been archived but documents are still available

National Cancer Institute – USA

PubMed Central
National Institute of Health Medical Archive of Science Literature


Articles, reports and reviews

New radiotherapy techniques do not reduce the need for nutrition intervention in patients with head and neck cancer. T Brown and others. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2015.

Enteral feeding methods for nutritional management in patients with head and neck cancers being treated with radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy. B Nugent and others. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2013.

Radiotherapy Services in England 2012. Department of Health. November 2012.

Advances in radiotherapy. S Ahmad and others. British Medical Journal, 2012; 345.

The Evidence Base for Multiple Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) “A Quality Perspective”. Faculty of Radiation Oncology, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists, 2011.

A systematic review to investigate the effectiveness and acceptability of interventions for moist desquamation in radiotherapy patients. EM Kedge. Radiography, 2009; 15(3): 247-257.

Radiosensitising agents for the radiotherapy of cancer: advances in traditional and hypoxia targeted radiosensitisers. P Bischoff, A Altmeyer,F Dumont. Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents, 2009 May;19(5):643-62.

Evidence behind use of intensity modulated radiotherapy: a systematic review of comparative clinical studies. L Veldeman, I Madani, F Hulstaert, G De Meerleer, M Mareel, W De Neve. Lancet Oncolog, 2008, Apr;9(4):367-75.


Specialist reviewer

Ms Kim Meeking, Therapy Radiographer
Ms Trina Herbert, Therapy Radiographer
Mrs Caroline Chapman, Senior Brachytherapy Radiographer
Dr Melanie Powell, Consultant Clinical Oncologist
Dr Paul Sanghera, Consultant Clinical Oncologist

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Updated: 14 May 2014