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.


Radiotherapy awareness

July 2012

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Radiotherapy commissioning

July 2012

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Radiotherapy equipment

July 2012

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Vision for Radiotherapy 2014-2024

March 2014

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Recommendations for achieving a world-class radiotherapy service in the UK

May 2014

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Improving radiotherapy services to save more lives

August 2013

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The Radiotherapy Innovation Fund – An evaluation of the Prime Minister’s £23 million Fund 

July 2013

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Achieving a world-class radiotherapy service across the UK

July 2009

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The future of radiotherapy: response to NHS England specialised services 5-year strategy consultation

January 2014

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Review of access to medical technologies in Wales

October 2013

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APPGC Cancer across the domains

August 2012

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Access to medical technologies in Wales: consultation on terms of reference

October 2012

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