Our policy on radiotherapy
Radiotherapy plays a major role in curing cancer, but the service needs more support. This is why we are championing improvements to radiotherapy in the UK.
Recent advances in radiotherapy have helped to minimise side-effects and target radiation precisely at tumours, achieved using cutting-edge imaging and computing technology. Research is helping us to understand how to make radiotherapy even more effective.
Cancer Research UK has consistently called for greater access to the latest innovations in radiotherapy, with notable success.
Recently we helped the Government distribute £23 million to improve the service across England through the Radiotherapy Innovation Fund (RIF). The Government has since announced further investments in the service.
But our work is not over.
Public awareness of the benefits of radiotherapy is still not as high as we want it to be, and we know that there are still challenges to overcome if the UK is to have a truly world-class radiotherapy service. Cancer Research UK is actively working with Government and health departments, members of the radiotherapy service and patients to make this a reality.
Vision for Radiotherapy 2014-2024
Recommendations for achieving a world-class radiotherapy service in the UK
Improving radiotherapy services to save more lives
The Radiotherapy Innovation Fund – An evaluation of the Prime Minister’s £23 million Fund
Achieving a world-class radiotherapy service across the UK
The future of radiotherapy: response to NHS England specialised services 5-year strategy consultation
Review of access to medical technologies in Wales
APPGC Cancer across the domains
Access to medical technologies in Wales: consultation on terms of reference
Radiotherapy Awareness Programme (RAP)
Cancer Research UK currently provides secretariat support to the Radiotherapy Awareness Programme (RAP), a collaborative of charities, professional bodies, patients and representatives from the NHS with an interest in increasing public and patient awareness of the benefits of radiotherapy. RAP was established in 2010 (as the National Radiotherapy Awareness Initiative) following recommendations from the 2009 Achieving a world class radiotherapy service in the UK report. The group worked together on the Year of Radiotherapy in 2011.
RAP is chaired by Dr Diana Tait (link is external), Consultant Clinical Oncologist at The Royal Marsden.
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Members of RAP include individual patient and service representatives, as well as the following organisations: